- On Thursday, President Trump attended a campaign rally in Freeland, Michigan, from Air Force One to the 1969 Credence Clear Water Revival song “Fortunate Sun”.
- Musician John Fogerti, who wrote the song against Trump’s use of his song, responded via a Facebook video on Friday.
- “This is a song I can write now, so I’m confused and say that the president chose to use my song for his political rallies, in fact, he’s probably the lucky one,” Fogerty said.
- Other musicians – Neil Young and the family of the late Tom Petty – have been criticized for using their music on Trump-sponsored events.
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On Thursday, President Donald Trump led a campaign rally in Freeland, Michigan. In 1969, the Air Force One released the song “Fortunate Sun” by Credence Clearwater Revival..
The song points to wealthy and influential families who have been able to pull their children out of the draft of the Vietnam War.
Rock musician John Fogerti was a “lucky son” of Credence Clearwater Revival. Shared a video on Facebook on Friday Addressing the use of the Trump campaign anthem.
“Recently, the president has been using the song ‘Fortune Sun’ for his political rallies, which is confusing, to say the least,” Fogerti said in the video.
In his video, Fogerti sheds light on the meaning behind it LinesThese include:
“Some people are born with a silver spoon in their hand / Lord, they help themselves, no”, “This is not me, this is not me / I am not the son of a millionaire.”
“I rewrote this song in 1969 at the height of the Vietnam War,” Fogerti said. “By the time I wrote the song, I had already drafted and served in the military. And I was a lifelong supporter of our soldiers and soldiers, probably because of that experience, of course.”
Fogerti continued in his video: “In those days, we still had a draft. Written as ‘Bhagyaputran’.
He then listened to the opening verses of the song: “Some people are born, the flag is created to wave their red, white and blue / and when the band plays ‘Chief to the Chief’ / oh, they point the cannon at you.”
In his video, Fogerti compares the opening lines of “The Son of Luck” Trump uses federal forces to remove protesters from Lafayette Square during a June demonstration in Washington DCSo he was able to stand in front of St. John’s Church and hold a Bible for a photo opportunity.
“This is a song I can write now, so I’m confused and would say that the president chose to use my song for his political rallies, in fact, he’s probably the lucky one,” Fogerty said at the end of the video.
Other musicians have reacted or criticized the use of their songs in Trump campaigns
Petty’s family tweeted that a ceasefire had been issued for the Trump campaign.
Om Tom Petty (om Tom Petty) June 21, 2020
Singer and lyricist in July Neil Young tweeted that he was okay with singing his music at Trump’s Independence Day event On Mount Rushmore. Young’s songs “Free World in Rockin” and “Like a Hurricane” appeared at the President’s event.
After his first presidential campaign, Trump pushed for several other musicians Problem with playing their songs at his events Or issued statements urging the Trump campaign not to use their music.
Gallery: Musicians banning presidential candidates from using their songs (Entertainment Weekly)