Creedence Clearwater Revival:Fortunate Son

By:Hannah Biller

"Creedence Clearwater Revival": Fortunate Son

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, Diction, Syntax, and Details Analysis

The song represents a perfect anthem for the ever-growing share of Americans in the late 1960s who were coming to see the war in Vietnam as a terrible mistake. This song was able to give voice especially to the class-based grievances let loose by the Vietnam War. "Fortunate Son" was an anti-Vietnam War protest song.

The song uses repetition in its syntax to say "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." The repetition here shows that they're trying to say that America is not ready for this war.

The diction like "silver spoon" have a connotative meaning to how the song is talking about the U.S involvement in the war like how we are not all born rich.

The words in the lyrics give a visual imagery of the people who marched and were against the war.

Tone Analysis

The music tone could be described as DISINTERESTED because of guitar and the vocals.

The lyric tone could be described as CRITICAL because the words emphasize the citizens criticism of America entering into the world.

Symbolic Visual


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