Anyone that’s ever listened to classic rock radio has heard Creedence Clearwater Revival, and often. When one is constantly bombarded with a few songs by a band, it can be easy to miss the true gems that might not be played quite as often.
This is the case with “Fortunate Son” by CCR. The song’s statements on the privileges of the ruling class and war ring true today, more than thirty years after the song was released. “Fortunate Son” is arguably a statement equal to songs like “Masters of War” or “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” by Bob Dylan. While “Fortunate Son” isn’t quite as verbose as a Dylan song, John Fogerty does pack a lot of punch in his words: 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.
Fogerty’s justifiably gotten a lot of mileage out of the song, having played it with Bruce Springsteen and, recently, Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players.
Author: Ryan King
Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.