Fortunate Son Essay

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The 1960s was the era of rebellion. It was a time when views of many people started to change dramatically as unexpected things were happening from the Cold War to the assassinations of nation’s leaders. So within this disturbed era, many citizens started to rebel and question the authorities saying that they were ruining the country. The younger generation, especially, stood firmly in front to lead the action to change the ideas of the older generation. One of the main methods they used to speak their opinions was through music and we can see the power it had on the people through one of the main protest anthems called “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969. The song speaks out to the elite controlled America and becomes …show more content…
Within the lyrics, the band uses words to create images of the satisfied lives of the elite class, then disapproves with its repetition of the chorus to receive support from the crowd. They repeat the chorus “It ain’t me, it ain’t me” after every verse to let the people know that there was a huge gap between the working class and the elite class at the time. They wanted to let the citizens know that while the fortunate ones enjoyed things the working class people dreamed of, the unfortunate ones themselves were fighting in Vietnam so the elites can enjoy the dreamlike activities back at home. In their lyrics, there are three different images that portray unfair treatments. The first section starts off with “Some folks are made to wave the flag.” This verse connects birth to privileges through the use of ‘made.’ They point out that some people are born to go to war while others are safely waving the American flag at home pretending to be the most patriotic people in the world. The reason why the flag-wavers seem so patriotic is because they do not have to suffer through the actual war while the others are forced to go and fight. Then there’s “When the band plays “Hail to the Chief,” Ooh they point the cannon at you”; here the band implies that the cannons are pointed at the unfortunate ones who have been drafted to go to war; those who end up dying in the trenches while the same-sounding cannons back in

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