Fortunate Son Song Analysis

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War and protest music comes in many genres, but Creedance Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son” was released in the upbeat, rock manner that society in the 1960s was just becoming familiar with. The music video used is not original, but instead is a collage of videos taken from Vietnam War. The video shows the carnage endured by American soldiers during the battle and demonstrates the realities of war. This work fits the overall theme because although the song does not explicitly mention Vietnam, Creedance Clearwater Revival intended for the song to be seen as a means of protest against U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Many civilians during the 1960s were against the United States entering the war in Vietnam, and males were worried that they would be picked in the draft. This song encapsulates the feelings of angst and worry that resonated with Americans because they could directly relate to the lyrics.

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The song was released in 2015, during a time that witnessed extreme racism towards the Mexican people. Tensions between the Mexican government and the United States were slowly escalating for a multitude of reasons, and the American people took an unjust stance against Mexico. Although the racism and prejudice towards Mexicans is still prevalent in American society, creating supportive music is a move in the right direction for humanity. The music video shows celebrities from other countries stating, “We are all Mexicans” as a show of support to the Mexican people. The music video is original and compliments the lyrics of the song. This song fits well into the overall theme, as it protests the very pillars that racism stands on. Although this song does not protest a war of any kind, it is a great example of the many uses protest music can
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