500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Creedence Clearwater Revival, 'Fortunate Son'

Writer: John Fogerty
Producer: Fogerty
Released: Oct. '69, Fantasy
14 weeks; No. 14

"Fortunate Son" is a blast at rich folks who plan wars and then draft poor people to fight them. Fogerty wrote it out of disgust at the fancy wedding plans of Richard Nixon's daughter. "You just had the feeling that none of these people were going to be too involved with the war," he said.

Appears on: Willy and the Poor Boys (Fantasy) 

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