The song that plays during the closing credits of the movie “Battleship” is none other than “Fortunate Son” by Creedance Clearwater Revival.

Movie Poster for Battleship starring Taylor Kitsch

Movie Poster for Battleship starring Taylor Kitsch

… which, let’s face it, is kinda strange because, if you listen to the lyrics, “Fortunate Son” is a war protest song.

Let me start at the beginning..

Tonight, I went to see the movie, “Battleship” (2012) starring Taylor Kitsch (Tim Riggins, if you are a fan of “Friday Night Lights”).

First, let me assure everyone that all is well. The initially impulsive, irresponsible, yet good-hearted main character does mature in time to save the world. And he gets the girl. We can all rest easy.

The movie was ok… lots of explosions and battles and what not.

But, the reason for my post: I was curious about the choice for the song for the closing credits of “Battleship”. As we all relaxed in the theater with the knowledge that the world is safe, the first chords of “Fortunate Son” began.

Battleship is a 2012 Movie that includes Fortunate Son by Creedance Clearwater Revival in closing credits

Battleship is a 2012 Movie that includes Fortunate Son by Creedance Clearwater Revival in closing credits

So, after watching two hours of non-stop war, the audience is treated to the Sixties’ most famous Viet Nam anti-war song.

I wonder if the director, or the producer, or whoever picked the song actually listened to the lyrics. Just wondering.

If you care to take a listen, here’s the video on Youtube: “Fortunate Son” by Creedance Clearwater Revival

Here is just a sampling of the anti-war lyrics in “Fortunate Son” – the singer is referring to the then prevalent policy of providing certain young men (arguably the privileged) with draft deferrals so that they did not have to fight in the Viet Nam war.

You may be interested to know that Dick Cheney, who was a war hawk while serving as Vice President, actually obtained five deferrals so that he did not have to fight in Viet Nam.

Lyrics from “Fortunate Son”… “it ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no Senator’s son. It ain’t me, It ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate one.”

4 Comments

  1. Acira says:

    good post.

  2. Laughingboy says:

    The song is an anti war anthem but is not an anti soldier anthem. That is why I feel the songs choice was appropriate to some degree. This is my personal feelings on the song gained from my experiences. The saddest part of the Vietnam conflict was that the civilian community took their ire at the government out on innocent people that did what was their civic duty. As a soldier you fight who you are commanded to not who you want to. People should remembered that.

  3. justmovies says:

    I agree. Well said. Thanks for posting.

  4. May says:

    This article is a home run, pure and smilpe!

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