If you are playing at an event designed to thank veterans for their service and honor the military, and you play an antiwar ditty from the Vietnam era, you are doing it wrong. I could understand this of it was just the King of Constipation Bruce Springsteem, but Zac Brown and Dave Grohl were up there too for a rousing rendition of Fortunate Son. And who invites Bruce to something like this, he belongs at Obama/Code Pink rallies.
The song, not to put too fine a point on it, is an anti-war screed, taking shots at "the red white and blue." It was a particularly terrible choice given that Fortunate Son is, moreover, an anti-draft song, and this concert was largely organized to honor those who volunteered to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Zac Brown has been a solid supporter of the military and his guitars are always covered with military unit stickers, but Zac this was a bad call. Playing onstage with Brucie, just ain't worth throwing away your well-deserved respect from all of us. There are a million good songs, and Fortunate Son is actually one of them, but time and place matter. Last night in front of a bumch of vets, troops and supporters was no time to show your dirty nasty hippie side.
There also seems to be an attempt to say this isn't an anti-war, anti-troop song because it is complaining that the rich get out of war. Well then explain this line.
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"
Oh, they point the cannon at you, Lord
Yeah, some folks inherit star spangled eyes
Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord
And when you ask them, "How much should we give?"
Oh, they only answer, more, more, more, oh
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no military son