Country Joe & the Fish – I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag – Great anti-war song

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Well Country Joe and the Fish were right out there on the cutting edge of the alternative counter-culture of the sixties. They were the first wave Acid Rock exponents and also had that political edge.

They wanted to shock the establishment. They opposed the Vietnam War and they were promoting the values of peace and love that pervaded the San Franciscan freak culture of the mid-sixties, before it was taken over and subverted with greed, selfishness and big business.

I loved this band.

This track is their best known anti-war track. It is different to their normal Acid Rock sound and harks back to their days as a political jug-band.

The opening chant is meant to shock and offend the prudish establishment. It was OK to blow someone to bits with a bomb but you couldn’t say fuck in public. That was disgusting.

At the time young men were being involuntarily drafted to fight in a war that they saw as ideological and wrong. They did not go for the dominoes theory!

I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag

Give me a F! (F!)
Give me a U! (U!)
Give me a C! (C!)
Give me a K! (K!)
What’s that spell ? (FUCK)
What’s that spell ? (FUCK)
What’s that spell ? (FUCK)
What’s that spell ? (FUCK)
What’s that spell ? (FUCK)

Well, come on all of you, big strong men,
Uncle Sam needs your help again.
Yeah, he’s got himself in a terrible jam
Way down yonder in Vietnam
So put down your books and pick up a gun,
Gonna have a whole lotta fun.

And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam;
And it’s five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.

Yeah, come on Wall Street, don’t be slow,
Why man, this is war au-go-go
There’s plenty good money to be made
By supplying the Army with the tools of its trade,
Just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,
They drop it on the Viet Cong.

And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam.
And it’s five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.

Well, come on generals, let’s move fast;
Your big chance has come at last.
Now you can go out and get those reds
‘Cause the only good commie is the one that’s dead
And you know that peace can only be won
When we’ve blown ’em all to kingdom come.

And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam;
And it’s five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.

Come on mothers throughout the land,
Pack your boys off to Vietnam.
Come on fathers, and don’t hesitate
To send your sons off before it’s too late.
You can be the first ones in your block
To have your boy come home in a box.

And it’s one, two, three
What are we fighting for ?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam.
And it’s five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.

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