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Creedence Clearwater Revival — Fortunate Son
Album: Chronicle
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Released: 1969
Length: 2:14
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Some folks are born, made to wave the flag
Ooh, that 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 senator's son, son
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one, Lord

Some folks are born, silver spoon in hand
Lord, don't they help themselves, y'all
But when the taxman comes to the door
Lord, the house look-ah like a rummage sale, yes-ah

Uh-it ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no millionaire's son, Lord, Lord
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one, Lord

Yeah, yeah, some folks inherit star-spangled eyes
Ooh, they'll send you down to war, Lord
And when you ask them, "How much should we give?"
Ooh, they only answer, "More, more, more" y'all

It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no military son, son, son-ah
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one, one, y'all

It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one, one, y'all
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate son, no, no, no
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When Bush was in office I thought this song hit the head on the nail and then came Trump
Pure rock energy !!
 That_SOB wrote:
By 1980 there wasn't a single juke box from Washington State to Ohio
that didn't have at least 3 CCR hits on it, and most had half-a-dozen.  While it
was no doubt R&R,  Fogerty's music was popular with with just about any crowd
from cowboys to collage kids. Fogerty's music plucked a string with just about everyone.
From "Bad Moon Rising" to "Oh Suzie Q," Fogerty wrote a ton of great listening music, and
furthered the appreciation for Rock and Roll. {#Cheers}
 

I remember a day in the late 70s in cottage and camping country in Canada. Some guy with his biking friends came in out of the rain and the two rain hits from CCR on the jukebox. Like it was yesterday. Who gonna stop the rain. Have you seen it.
Long Live                                                                                                                 Radio Paradise
My rating                                                                                                                  8 - Most Excellent
How about "I Ain't Marching Anymore" afterward?
 On_The_Beach wrote:

If ever there was a song that wasn't "meh" or "so so", this is it.
Thanks for trying, though.

 

Word.
 zerosomething wrote:
Meh now. So so then.
 
If ever there was a song that wasn't "meh" or "so so", this is it.
Thanks for trying, though.
skeevy rich boy got heel spurs back then, CCR rocked  : )
Meh now. So so then. 
i ain't no fortune one
 Dssident wrote:
All the senator's sons are dragging the rating for this song down.
 
{#Clap}
An easy 10.
{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}
 {#Dancingbanana_2}kingart wrote:
TIMELESS. 
 

 
agreed king 
Fogerty was the man.
Please let's not forever link this great anthem, or any of the others co-opted, with that awful, trite, formulaic, contrived mawkish Bob Zemeckis dreck.  
TIMELESS. 
 
Yeah, yeah, some folks inherit star-spangled eyes
Ooh, they'll send you down to war, Lord
And when you ask them, "How much should we give?"
Ooh, they only answer, "More, more, more" y'all
Run Forest Run!!!!
 Dssident wrote:
All the senator's sons are dragging the rating for this song down.
 #FeelTheBern


This song still as relevant today as 45 plus years ago.  

 
All the senator's sons are dragging the rating for this song down.
My very first live concert. I wish I could remember more of it {#Bananajam}
what a great beginning. Those drums, guitars come in and Fogarty's voice getting right down to the point.
there's great use of CCR music in:

Who'll Stop The Rain is a 1978 psychological drama film released by United Artists starringNick Nolte. It was directed by Karel Reisz and produced by Herb Jaffe and Gabriel Katzka withSheldon Schrager and Roger Spottiswoode as executive producers. The screenplay was by Judith Rascoe and Robert Stone from Stone's novel Dog Soldiers.

Stone's book is better 


 countryrds wrote
 
 
yes indeed Krakus, maybe followed by The Long Black Wall.
just so you know this recent spate of songs you have bestowed on us has been pretty close to a dream set for this old verybadcat. thanks. the check is in the mail
 Krakus wrote:

I should have played this song over the loudspeakers at the Washington Lee High School in Arlington, VA, day after 9/11, when recruiters were setting up thier tables on the school's football field.;.















 

Which 9/11.  9/11/1973 or 9/11/2001?
 YES!!!!Krakus wrote:

I should have played this song over the loudspeakers at the Washington Lee High School in Arlington, VA, day after 9/11, when recruiters were setting up thier tables on the school's football field.;.















 


I should have played this song over the loudspeakers at the Washington Lee High School in Arlington, VA, day after 9/11, when recruiters were setting up thier tables on the school's football field.;.














Just need some "Fish Cheer" by Country Joe
and
Some "Sandman" by America...

Then a bunch of Doors and Hendrix      


The time warp will open and the world will change.... again 
Three classic radio songs in a row. Mind you I'm not complaining about these 3 ridiiculously brilliant masterpieces but I thought maybe the webstream had been hijacked {#Angel}

10987654321—

This song is as pertinent as the day it was written—

"I Am Sorry That It Has Come to This": A Soldier's Last Words

The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity. Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from. I take some pride in that, actually, as to move on in life after being part of such a thing would be the mark of a sociopath in my mind. These things go far beyond what most are even aware of.

To force me to do these things and then participate in the ensuing coverup is more than any government has the right to demand. Then, the same government has turned around and abandoned me. They offer no help, and actively block the pursuit of gaining outside help via their corrupt agents at the DEA. Any blame rests with them...

 

love this song as much as ever...

Global Capital and the Nation State

As global capital becomes ever more powerful, giant corporations are holding governments and citizens up for ransom — eliciting subsidies and tax breaks from countries concerned about their nation’s “competitiveness” — while sheltering their profits in the lowest-tax jurisdictions they can find. Major advanced countries — and their citizens — need a comprehensive tax agreement that won’t allow global corporations to get away with this.

Google, Amazon, Starbucks, every other major corporation, and every big Wall Street bank, are sheltering as much of their U.S. profits abroad as they can, while telling Washington that lower corporate taxes are necessary in order to keep the U.S. “competitive.”

Baloney. The fact is, global corporations have no allegiance to any country; their only objective is to make as much money as possible — and play off one country against another to keep their taxes down and subsidies up, thereby shifting more of the tax burden to ordinary people whose wages are already shrinking because companies are playing workers off against each other...

 


love this song...  relevant as ever...


Three key lessons from the Obama administration's drone lies

For years, senior Obama officials, including the president himself, have been making public claims about their drone program that have just been proven to be categorically false. The evidence of this falsity is so conclusive that even establishment sources are using unusually harsh language - including "lies" - to describe Obama's statements. McClatchy's national security reporter, Jonathan Landay, obtained top-secret intelligence documents showing that "contrary to assurances it has deployed US drones only against known senior leaders of al-Qaida and allied groups, the Obama administration has targeted and killed hundreds of suspected lower-level Afghan, Pakistani and unidentified 'other' militants in scores of strikes in Pakistan's rugged tribal area." That article quotes drone expert Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations as saying that "McClatchy's findings indicate that the administration is 'misleading the public about the scope of who can legitimately be targeted.'"...

 
 gypsyman wrote:
I think Fogerty was only guy I ever heard of getting sued for plagiarizing himself.

 
...yeah, isn't the legal system a wonder to behold!
...17 yrs old wit no direction - this is what woke me up... band, delivery, and a bunch of vocals what made me "pay attention"

marvelous song...

Marches of Folly

Best of all, these days dissenters don’t operate in the atmosphere of menace, the sense that raising doubts could have devastating personal and career consequences, that was so pervasive in 2002 and 2003. (Remember the hate campaign against the Dixie Chicks?)...

What we should have learned from the Iraq debacle was that you should always be skeptical and that you should never rely on supposed authority. If you hear that “everyone” supports a policy, whether it’s a war of choice or fiscal austerity, you should ask whether “everyone” has been defined to exclude anyone expressing a different opinion. And policy arguments should be evaluated on the merits, not by who expresses them; remember when Colin Powell assured us about those Iraqi W.M.D.’s?

Unfortunately, as I said, we don’t seem to have learned those lessons. Will we ever?
 


John Fogarty has weathered rock and roll life rather well. Still looks and plays well
I think Fogerty was only guy I ever heard of getting sued for plagiarizing himself.
Always thought this would be a good soundtrack for a George Bush 2 video - especially the college and aircraft carrier scenes
{#Dancingbanana_2}totally groovy - makes me stop working an listening instead

Everybody in my church loves this song...

 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:

Well, maybe foot soldier like Marines and Army, but in the Air Force, we send out officers after the bad guys. All pilots have to be officers which means a four year degree.
 
you're assuming "they" are "bad"..or you hope
 (former member) wrote:

This song is soooo good it makes us tear off our clothes and dance...
 
 
Makes me want to engage in some very serious civil disobedience in the US.... but then again, that's why I left

This song is soooo good it makes us tear off our clothes and dance...
 
 lemmoth wrote:

And as far as the lower classes fighting the wars its gotten worse.
 
Well, maybe foot soldier like Marines and Army, but in the Air Force, we send out officers after the bad guys. All pilots have to be officers which means a four year degree.
 lemmoth wrote:

And as far as the lower classes fighting the wars its gotten worse.
 
Amen, amen, and amen.

https://youtu.be/A4bCVoMCeYY


 
The walkman wasn't released until 1979.  Still, great song!   Misterfixit wrote:
Oh yeah, late 1969 and I was listening to this on an original Sony Walk Man, cassette player.  On a World Airways 707.  Going back to Vietnam for yet another tour of duty.  See what happens when you "volunteer". 
 


Oh yeah, late 1969 and I was listening to this on an original Sony Walk Man, cassette player.  On a World Airways 707.  Going back to Vietnam for yet another tour of duty.  See what happens when you "volunteer". 
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Unfortunately, since the first time I heard this song on its release, not much has changed in the world.

A depressing thought on a gray Monday . . .
 
And as far as the lower classes fighting the wars its gotten worse.
 romeotuma wrote:

Everybody who occupies my hotel room loves this song...


 
 
That's because they're part of the 99%.
They can't afford their own hotel room.
Saw these guys '70....so so good ! {#Smile}

And the party after the concert....!!!{#Cowboy}

 Elroweho wrote:
The lyrics are just as pertinent now as they were back then.
 
We have a draft again ?

I thought that the military was all volunteer since the mid 70's ?


Everybody who occupies my hotel room loves this song...


 



This song was written as a protest against the Vietnam War...  the phrase "fortunate son" refers to young men who were able to evade the draft because of their rich and politically-connected families...

this song rocks...  love it...



This song should serve as a template on how to cook up some rock and roll.


The lyrics are just as pertinent now as they were back then.


I'll dance to this...
 
 Giselle62 wrote:
Does some middle-aged mom driving down the road think when she hears this:
"That's just the way it is, because we are the poor we have to go to war..."
How do people rationalize this shit, hear this song and not get mightily pissed?

 
Amen, sister.
By 1980 there wasn't a single juke box from Washington State to Ohio
that didn't have at least 3 CCR hits on it, and most had half-a-dozen.  While it
was no doubt R&R,  Fogerty's music was popular with with just about any crowd
from cowboys to collage kids. Fogerty's music plucked a string with just about everyone.
From "Bad Moon Rising" to "Oh Suzie Q," Fogerty wrote a ton of great listening music, and
furthered the appreciation for Rock and Roll. {#Cheers}

WAY over-played...and over-rated
EPIC
 
I have a live version of this on my MP3 player - Fogerty blasted through it as if he just wanted to be rid of it. It was one of my favorite songs by CCR, and he did a good job on the live version, but the CCR passion wasn't there. I still love this song.
Does some middle-aged mom driving down the road think when she hears this:
"That's just the way it is, because we are the poor we have to go to war..."
How do people rationalize this shit, hear this song and not get mightily pissed?

This was sung at the protest in Madison this past weekend. There were over 150,000 protesters at the capital!
I made some videos I'll be posting on Vimeo.

 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Unfortunately, since the first time I heard this song on its release, not much has changed in the world.

A depressing thought on a gray Monday . . .
 

Nothing will ever change and anything good will be coopted, but that's OK. Enjoy life and good protest songs. {#Angel}
Incredible, epic rock anthem. Of course, John Fogerty has a pretty nice pile now...
 jdjeannelle wrote:
When I'm in the a certain mood, this song comes on, the chills go up and down my spine, and I know this is one of the 10 greatest rock 'n roll songs ever recorded!
 
Amen, my friend!

When I'm in the a certain mood, this song comes on, the chills go up and down my spine, and I know this is one of the 10 greatest rock 'n roll songs ever recorded!
One of their best. Probably one of my favorite protest songs.

Bruce Springsteen w. John Fogerty - Fortunate Son, Live (2009)  

25th ANNIVERSARY ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CONCERT
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band w. John Fogerty - Fortunate Son - Madison Square Garden, NYC - 2009/10/29&30


I liked a LOT of their songs.  They were one of those bands who could combine a good rocker that people could dance to with high quality.
{#Motor}


soooo awesome...  love it...

 
CCR RUUUUUUUUULZ!!!!!!{#Bananajam}

Neil Young and Cat Power - CCR song "Fortunate Son" Live (2008)   
"Neil Young joins Cat Power at 2008 Bridge School Benefit. "

 RParadise wrote:


But when he was asked who the greatest American band was, Fogarty unhesitatingly said, "Booker T. and the MGs, of course."

Guess he loved that Stax Sound too.
 

Of course!`
This is a song on the soundtrack on Bearded, a fine skimboard CD, and it sooo works.
Just thought I'd let you all know.
Thanks
Burned out on CCR thanks to mainstream FM overplay, but this is a great rockin' protest song (intentional or not) -  a cut above most CCR. 
Unfortunately, since the first time I heard this song on its release, not much has changed in the world.

A depressing thought on a gray Monday . . .
 hschlossberg wrote:
AAARRRGGGHHH.  This song represents one of the three things that drive me crazy about Radio Paradise: CCR, Jackson Browne and Van Morrison.  The RP world would be a better place without all three of these artists.
 
Only 3? I'm sure you've got more where that came from...{#Rolleyes}
now that's more like it,,dunno about Devo which preceded this today but CCR rules


a profound classic...  love it...


O-ver-played. {#Grumpy}
 hschlossberg wrote:
AAARRRGGGHHH.  This song represents one of the three things that drive me crazy about Radio Paradise: CCR, Jackson Browne and Van Morrison.  The RP world would be a better place without all three of these artists.

 
What's Jackson Browne doing in that list?

hschlossberg wrote:
AAARRRGGGHHH. This song represents one of the three things that drive me crazy about Radio Paradise: CCR, Jackson Browne and Van Morrison. The RP world would be a better place without all three of these artists.


The RP world we be a better place without your comments! Go back to watching American Idol.{#Ass}
 holborne wrote:
In my opinion, CCR was, and still is, the greatest American rock band ever.
 

But when he was asked who the greatest American band was, Fogarty unhesitatingly said, "Booker T. and the MGs, of course."

Guess he loved that Stax Sound too.
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
"my name's Gump, Forrest Gump"
 

Actually, what he said was "my name's Gumpforrestgump".
Even without the draft, the message of this song still applies:

Our all-voluntary armed forces are disproportionately manned by those
from the lower-end of our socio-economic classes. 
And the pay they get sure-as-hell isn't going to move them any further up.

"I ain't no millionare's son, I ain't no fortunate one..."   Indeed.
After God-knows-how-many deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan
(and other locations from B. F. Egypt to 12-miles-hell-west-of-nowhere),
after so little time at home that they can't even see their own kids grow up,
they have precious else to give us except their lives.

"And when we say 'How much do we have to give?'
all they say is "more, more more!"

Words cannot adequately convey the respect and admiration I feel for the men and women of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.  Their dedication, integrity and bravery are second to none.


"my name's Gump, Forrest Gump"
 calypsus_1 wrote:
John Fogerty & Bruce Springsteen - "Fortunate Son" Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_0QYusJ3VU
 
I think this is a more recent clip, with better sound quality:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0hYkoZgu9U


Believe it or not CCR played at my sisters high school prom in 1968.
"No I did not go. Dam'it, I was 9.


i'm just gonna rate it and say nothing.
A pleasant reprieve from the previous Devo

 hschlossberg wrote:
AAARRRGGGHHH.  This song represents one of the three things that drive me crazy about Radio Paradise: CCR, Jackson Browne and Van Morrison.  The RP world would be a better place without all three of these artists.

 

SIMPLE = YOU ARE A DB
 parrothead wrote:

No,after many of years of study on my behalf, Areosmith takes the award for the greatest American rock band ever so far.

 
Ya know, I scoffed when I read this, then I realized that the six greatest rock bands ever so far are the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, The Stones, and the Clash. Lord, even The Jimi Hendrix Experience was 2/3 English.

So pick whatever American group you want - they're still gonna be pretty far down on the list.

 holborne wrote:
In my opinion, CCR was, and still is, the greatest American rock band ever.
 
No,after many of years of study on my behalf, Areosmith takes the award for the greatest American rock band ever so far.

 toterola wrote:
Dubya's theme song! {#Roflol} {#Yes} {#Wave}
 

No, that would be LBJ.
 hschlossberg wrote:
AAARRRGGGHHH.  This song represents one of the three things that drive me crazy about Radio Paradise: CCR, Jackson Browne and Van Morrison.  The RP world would be a better place without all three of these artists.

 

Less Talking Heads would help too....
When we ask how much should we give
They only say more, more, more


To quote conglif: War is a Racket!
AAARRRGGGHHH.  This song represents one of the three things that drive me crazy about Radio Paradise: CCR, Jackson Browne and Van Morrison.  The RP world would be a better place without all three of these artists.



love it...


Dubya's theme song! {#Roflol} {#Yes} {#Wave}


This song is good for the ears...


great segue from devo!
OMG I LOVE this song!!  I do it when I karaoke and can NEVER do it justice, lol.

{#Motor}


Love it...




Hell yes!!  This song is as relevant as ever...




 aarrgho wrote:
still relevant after all these years...

OBAMA '08
  Today when Bush walked into the G8 summit, no one would shake his hand. Fortunate son? Not any more!


still relevant after all these years...

OBAMA '08
 Ntropy wrote:
Check out James Blunt's "No Bravery" or Sage Francis' "Makeshift Patriot" for excellent current anti-war songs. Two different genres, but both make the point perfectly.
 
No Bravery, is a tear jerker for sure.

Wooooooo Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}{#Guitarist}{#Dancingbanana_2}
In my opinion, CCR was, and still is, the greatest American rock band ever.
Song fit the times it was written in and I still really like it.  It takes me right back to high school.  I will always love CCR!



Ditto to what I said last time...  this is as good as it gets...



This song is definitely a contender for an all time top ten song...


smilestoomuch wrote:
I love CCR. And I love this song. It's one of my favorite protest songs. I know artists are writing songs in protest of Bush and the war but I haven't heard anything this good.
Check out James Blunt's "No Bravery" or Sage Francis' "Makeshift Patriot" for excellent current anti-war songs. Two different genres, but both make the point perfectly.
Shesdifferent wrote:
No offense intended to the vets or the boys in Iraq of course.
Oh, "of course." :rolleyes:
RadioDoc wrote:
I would venture a guess that kids currently in high school might have a different take on your selfishness. "This Crap" sounds a lot different when your staring down the wrong end of a war. Have you forgotten what it was like already?
Bravo.