This is one of the best straight ahead rock songs of all time. You can’t listen to this song and not want to air guitar and jump around like a lunatic. It’s also a protest song. Originally written in protest of the Vietnam War it sadly still remains every bit as relevant today as it did when it was released in 1969. Fogerty’s voice, so brilliant in all those swamp rock classics, gives a sense of urgency and blue collar credibility to the lyrics that keeps the song from coming across as preachy. I think the anti-government/anti-war message only adds to the greatness of this song but even if politics in music isn’t to your taste this remains a terrific kick ass rock song.
From the 1969 album Willy and the Poor Boys I’m kicking off your weekend with “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.