Creedence Clearwater Revival, ‘Fortunate Son’ – Songs About Soldiers
Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Fortunate Son' was inspired by the marriage between Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower.
The song draws a bleak contrast between the wealthy class whose connections shield them from the consequences of war and a working class soldier who has no choice but to go off and fight because "I ain't no Senator's son." Instead, he ends up serving at the pleasure of those who seek to profit: "Some folks inherit star spangled eyes / Ooh, they send you down to war / And when you ask them 'How much should we give?' / Ooh, they only answer 'more, more, more, more.'"
Listen to 'Fortunate Son' by Creedence Clearwater Revival