John Fogerty condemns President Donald Trump’s unauthorized use of his song.
The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman took to Twitter Friday with a fierce response to Trump after the president played the rock band’s 1969 hit “Fortunate Son” at his campaign events, including a September rally in Freeland, Michigan.
“I protest that the President is using my song ‘Lucky Son’ in any way for his campaign,” Fogerty, 75, wrote in a statement sent to Twitter. “He uses my words and my voice to convey a message that I do not support.”
Fogerty added that he “issues a” cease and desist “order.”
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Fogerty went on to explain that “Lucky Son” is ironically an anti-war anthem criticizing privileged people who used their money and status to postpone the draft Vietnam War.
The song has been treated as a patriotic working class song, but listen past its star-studded opening lines – “Some people are born to wave flags / Ooh, they are red, white and blue” – for Fogerty’s anti-establishment storytelling about how the poor were sent to fight and die in Vietnam while the wealthy were spared.
“I wrote this song because as a veteran I was disgusted that some people were allowed to be excluded from serving our country because they had access to political and economic privilege,” Fogerty wrote along with a picture of him in uniform . “I also wrote about wealthy people not paying their fair share of taxes. Mr. Trump is a good example of both of these issues.”
Trump received four student evictions while a student at Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. And in the spring of 1968, he received the classification “1-Y” – for bone spurs in the heels, according to The New York Times.
Fogerty added: “The fact that Mr. Trump is also joining the flames of hatred, racism and fear while rewriting recent history is even more cause for concern about his use of my song.”
This is not the first or even second time Trump is pulling flakes for song choices at his political events.
In September, Leonard Cohen’s property said it was “exploring legal options” against Trump’s campaign after “Hallelujah” was played during the Republican National Conference in late August.
In August, Neil Young filed a lawsuit against Trump’s campaign on his archive page, claiming it was a violation of the president’s copyright and his campaign to play “Rockin ‘in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” at rallies and political events.
In June, the Rolling Stones threatened Trump with lawsuits for using the band’s classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tom Petty’s family also sent a stop-and-stop message after “I Won’t Back Down” was used during the same rally.
In October 2019, Prince’s property said Trump was not allowed to play “Purple Rain” during a campaign rally in Minneapolis, adding that the president went back on a promise not to use the musician’s work.
In June 2019, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne encouraged Trump’s use of the 1980 hit single “Crazy Train” in a Twitter video that spotted technical difficulties during a Democratic debate.
In August 2018, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler smashed Trump for using the hit song “Livin ‘on the Edge” at a demonstration rally in Charleston, West Virginia. In August 2015 and October 2015, Tyler’s legal team sent Trump a letter of cessation and cessation after the then Republican candidate used “Dream On” on the campaign track.
In October 2018, Pharrell Williams was not “happy” that Trump used his smash hit at a political event in the Midwest, just hours after nearly a dozen people were shot down in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Williams also sent a ceasefire letter.
REM and Queen are among the other artists who have protested the president’s use of their music.
Contributions: Jennifer McClellan, Maeve McDermott, Camille Caldera
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