War Protests 1960-2011
Fortunate Son: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Merle Haggard: That’s the News
In the first song by CCR they are pprotesting the draft during the Vietnam War. Specifically the fact that those young men being drafted tended to be poor/middle class and politically unconnected while those from the upper class were able to avoid service. The song by Merle Haggard, while also about war, is about how while the government has declared the war in Iraq “over” there are still soldiers fighting and dying.
While both are about war and also address the duplicity of those in power (not sending their sons to Vietnam, and declaring the war over when it is not) the biggest difference is their focus. CCR in their song were acting as “The Media” getting the word out to the people. In the Merel Haggard song his focus is addressing the media and its part in getting information / misinformation to the people. This shift in focus in protest songs I feel is a product of our 24/7 news cycle and people’s total acceptance of what they see there.