- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bruce Springsteen and friends are catching heat from conservatives after performing Creedence Clearwater’s Revival’s draft-dodging anthem “Fortunate Son” at the Concert for Valor in D.C. on Tuesday.

Toward the end of the Zac Brown Band’s set, at an event meant to honor military veterans on Veterans Day, Dave Grohl and Mr. Springsteen took the stage to join the band in a rendition of the famously anti-war song.

“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. It ain’t me,” read some of the lyrics.

At one point in the song, originally written by John Fogerty, Mr. Springsteen sang the lyrics, “Some folks inherit star spangled eyes, ooh, they send you down to war … It ain’t me. I ain’t no military son.”

The song choice didn’t go over well with conservatives, who argued it insulted the many men and women who enlist in the U.S. military every day.

“The song, not to put too fine a point on it, is an anti-war screed, taking shots at ‘the red white and blue,’” the Weekly Standard wrote. “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.”

“Hey Bruce Thanks for Nothing. ‘Fortunate Son’ at ‘Concert for Valor’? It Ain’t 1969 Dross,” wrote Twitter user @SereDoc.

“Ummm… Why are they playing an anti-patriotic song “Fortunate Son” at the Concert for Valor? And why are they cheering?” wrote @ColetteMoran.

“Dear event planner who thought CCR’s “Fortunate Son” would work for the Concert for Valor: uhm, did you read the lyrics?” wrote @JeffSpross.

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