Friday, November 24, 2006

FORTUNATE SON

Football fans were treated not once but twice to John Fogerty halftime shows on Thanksgiving Day. First at the Miami-Detroit game, then at the Kansas City-Denver game.

And both times he sang "Fortunate Son," a song just as relevent today as it was back during the Vietnam war when Fogerty with Creedence Clearwater Revival first released it.

Some short-sighted idiots might dismiss Fogerty as boomer nostalgia. But I think it's pretty radical to sing it on national t.v -- TWICE IN A DAY -- in this troubled era.

And both times he sang it, he was charged!

In case anyone's forgotten the lyrics:

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 senator's 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 millionaire's 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!
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.

(By John Fogerty)

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