Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son: Tone Analysis

Some folks are born made to wave the flag,
Ooh, they're red, white and blue.
And when the band plays hail to the chief,
Ooh, they point the cannon at you, lord,

It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no senators son, son.
It ain’t me, it ain’t me; I ain’t no fortunate one, no,

Yeah!
Some folks are born silver spoon in hand,
Lord, don’t they help themselves, oh.
But when the taxman comes to the door,
Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes,

It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no millionaires son, no.
It ain’t me, it ain’t me; I ain’t no fortunate one, no.

Some folks inherit star spangled eyes,
Ooh, they send you down to war, lord,
And when you ask them, how much should we give?
Ooh, they only answer more! more! more! yoh,

It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no military son, son.
It ain’t me, it ain’t me; I ain’t no fortunate one, one.

It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate one, no no no,

It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate son, no no no,

Imagery

Throughout the song different sensory experiences are unveiled. Since there is no video the lyrics of the song bring forth compelling images one might think of while listening to the song. Such as what people went through during the draft and what they thought of the rich who could be upheld from being selected.

Syntax

The lyrics of the song present a syntax through repetition of lyrics to give more meaning to them. "It ain't me" in the phrase repeated over and over throughout the song. Meaning he is not lucky enough for wealthy enough to not be selected.

Diction

The three words that impact the overall view of the song are "It ain't me." Through the title of the song being fortune son, the lyrics of it ain't me go against it saying he isn't lucky enough to be like others who are not getting drafted.

Tone of his voice- He as very expressful and quick tone to his voice in order to give more emphasis on his lyrics and meaning behind the words.

Details

Subject: It talks about how the wealthy people and how the government children were able to be exempted from the draft. Through this subject it tells a story behind the lyrics meaning he was not one of the fortune ones to be exempted from the draft like others were able to.

Tone

Vibrant, Enthusiastic, and Energetic.

it is kind of resentful towards the wealthy men who were able to get out of the draft

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