FORTUNATE SON

Original Creedence Clearwater Revival version


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! yoh

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

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one, no no no
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate son, no no no


Written by John Fogerty, from Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1969 album Willy And The Poor Boys. In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine placed FORTUNATE SON at #99 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time".

The above lyrics are for the original Creedence Clearwater Revival version. See also Bruce Springsteen and John Fogerty's live 03 Oct 2004 version.

Available Versions

List of available versions of FORTUNATE SON on this website:

FORTUNATE SON [Live 03 Oct 2004 version]
FORTUNATE SON [Original Creedence Clearwater Revival version]