John Fogerty, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and the musical brawn behind Creedence Clearwater Revival, released his first new song in eight years this week. Titled, “Weeping in the Promised Land,” Fogerty’s new single makes a return to politically charged lyricism, familiar waters for Fogerty, who in 1969 wrote the theme song to every future Vietnam movie, “Fortunate Son.”
The veteran rock star has long been outspoken against President Donald Trump, most recently issuing a cease-and-desist order against the president for his use of “Fortunate Son” at political rallies. An ironic move, given that much of Trump’s foreign policy was uniform with the ethos that drives Fogerty’s anthemic anti-Vietnam war rocker.
Fogerty’s lyrics in “Weeping in the Promised Land” are derived from recent news, saturated with references to various current events in politics. The song’s title feels borrowed from Bruce Springsteen. But unlike Springsteen’s latest music, Letter to You – which was entirely devoid of the outspoken