- On Thursday, President Trump arrived at a campaign rally in Freeland, Michigan, passing by Air Force One on the 1969 song “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
- John Fogerty, the musician who wrote the song, responded to the use of Trump’s song via a Facebook video on Friday.
- “It’s a song I could have written now, so I find it confusing, I would say the president chose to use my song for his political rallies, when in fact he seems to be probably the lucky son,” Fogerty said.
- Other musicians – such as Neil Young and the family of the late Tom Petty – have criticized the use of their music at Trump-sponsored events.
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On Thursday, President Donald Trump led a campaign in Freeland, Michigan and withdrew from Air Force One in the 1969 song “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
The song shows the rich and influential families who managed to get their sons out of the Vietnam War plan.
John Fogerty, the rock musician who was a member of Creedence Clearwater Revival and wrote “Luckunate Son” shared a video on Facebook on Friday Dealing with the use of the song by the Trump campaign.
“Recently, the president used my song ‘Luckunate Son’ for his political rallies, which I find confusing, to say the least,” Fogerty said in the video.
In his video, Fogerty also sheds light on the meaning behind it lyrics, which include:
“Some people are born with a silver spoon in their hand / Lord, they do not help themselves, no” and “It is not me, I am not / I am not the son of a millionaire.”
“I wrote the song in 1969 at the height of the Vietnam War,” Fogerty said. “By the time I wrote the song, I had already written and served in the military. And I was a lifelong supporter of our children and our parts in the military, probably because of that experience, of course.”
Fogerty continued in his video, saying: “Back in those days, we had another draft, and one thing I was very upset about was the fact that privileged people, in other words, rich people or people who had a position, could I found it very embarrassing that something like this could happen, so I wrote “Luckoned Son” to use it to avoid the draft and not join the army.
Then note the original lyrics of the song: “Some people are born, made to wave their flag / Ooh, their red, white and blue / And when the band plays” Hail to the Chief “/ Ooh, they show the cannon to you. “
In his video, Fogerty compared the original lines of “Luckunate Son” to Trump uses federal troops to disperse protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington in June, so he could stand in front of St. John’s Church and hold a Bible for a photography opportunity.
“It’s a song I could have written now, so I find it confusing, I would say the president chose to use my song for his political rallies, when in fact he seems to be probably the lucky son,” Fogerty said. ending the video.
Other musicians have responded or criticized the use of their songs in Trump campaigns
Petty’s family wrote on Twitter that they had issued an order to stop and withdraw from the Trump campaign.
—Tom Petty (@tompetty) June 21, 2020
In July, singer-songwriter Neil Young wrote on Twitter that it was not okay with his music being played at the Trump Independence Day event on Mount Rushmore. Young’s songs “Rockin ‘to the Free World” and “Like a Hurricane” appeared at the president’s event.
Since his first presidential campaign, Trump has challenged several other musicians problem with their songs being played at its events or have issued statements asking the Trump campaign not to use their music.
Gallery: Musicians forbidding presidential candidates from using their songs (Entertainment Weekly)