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The Social and Political Climate of the 60s and 70s impact on Music

by Brubaker , Olivia

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Anti War Music of the 60s and 70s
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The Social and Political Climate of the 60s and 70s impact on Music
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CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
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Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival
I see the bad moon a-risin'
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin'
I see bad times today

Don't go around tonight
Well it's bound to take your life
There's a bad moon on the rise

I hear hurricanes a-blowin'
I know the end is comin' soon
I fear rivers over flowin'
I hear the voice of rage and ruin

Hope you got your things together
Hope you are quite prepared to die
Looks like we're in for nasty weather
One eye is taken for an eye
"I hear the voice of rage and ruin" represents the destruction done by the American Government overseas and domestically.
The lyrics of Bad Moon Rising speak to an overall discontent among the American people surrounding the Vietnam War and other issues of that time like Civil Rights.
"I see bad times today" refers to the violence and oppression Americans were dealing with in the 60s.
Fortunate Son
Creedence Clearwater Revival
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The lyrics "Some folks are born made to wave the flag" and "Yeah-yeah, some folks inherit star-spangled eyes " Refer to patriotic Americans who are raised not to question the government and military and are not prone to questioning authority.
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

Some folks are born silver spoon in hand 
Lord, don't they help themselves, Lord? 
But when the taxman come to the door 
Lord, the house lookin' like a rummage sale, yeah 

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

Yeah-yeah, some folks inherit star-spangled eyes 
Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord 
And when you ask 'em, "How much should we give?" 
Hoo, they only answer, "More, more, more, more" 
"I ain't no millionaire's son, no, no" and "I ain't no senator's son" Call out the wealthy who were able to dodge the draft with money and government officials who were able to do the same through their connections.
Fortunate Son
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

Some folks are born silver spoon in hand 
Lord, don't they help themselves, Lord? 
But when the taxman come to the door 
Lord, the house lookin' like a rummage sale, yeah 

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

Yeah-yeah, some folks inherit star-spangled eyes 
Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord 
And when you ask 'em, "How much should we give?" 
Hoo, they only answer, "More, more, more, more" 
The lyrics "Some folks are born silver spoon in hand 
Lord, don't they help themselves, Lord? " Call out the uber wealthy class in America who act as if they are exempt from the law and manipulate institutions like the draft and taxes without consequences. While average Americans serve our country and pay their taxes not because the want to but because they have to.
Lead singer John Fogerty wrote about income inequality and entitlement that was prevalent in the United States back then and still is today.
Who'll Stop the Rain
"Long as I remember the rain been comin' down
Clouds of mystery pourin' confusion on the ground
Good men through the ages tryin' to find the sun
And I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain?

I went down Virginia, seekin' shelter from the storm
Caught up in the fable, I watched the tower grow
Five Year Plans and New Deals, wrapped in golden chains
And I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain?

Heard the singers playin', how we cheered for more
The crowd had rushed together, tryin' to keep warm
Still the rain kept pourin', fallin' on my ears
And I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain?"
Rain is a symbol for corruption and injustice in the government and in context with the Vietnam War.
Who'll stop the rain? A rhetorical question.
Who will stop the madness and violence, who will bring peace and equality to America socially and politically.

Reference to the glamorized Five year plan (Soviet Union) and the New deal government plans meant to restore prosperity, peace, and jobs.
Creedence Clearwater Revivals Music illustrates the social and political upheaval in the 60s and the ushering in of new social groups like hippies as well as new forms of music and art that reflected the times. They used their constitutional rights to express their opinion on Vietnam and other social issues of the 60s. CCRs work speaks to the American ideals of free speech and citizens not being afraid to speak up and protest the government.
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