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Rank this week: 15 (↑22)
Duration: 2:58 
Release Date: 1965  (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Lyrics By: Joe McDonald (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Music By: Joe McDonald (Stavro Arrgolus) 
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Keywords: PROTEST 
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  • Rag Baby Talking Issue No. 1 was the first recording of "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag." The original "Volume 1, Issue A, October 1965, Talking Issue Rag Baby" was a 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" manila envelope, with a picture of demonstrators in Berkeley stopping a train filled with troops heading to Vietnam, that contained tear sheets from Rag Baby Magazine with music for the four songs and a 7-inch 33 1/3 LP. countryjoe.com (Stavro Arrgolus)
  • Song Lyrics:
    Well, come on all of you, big strong men,
    Uncle Sam needs your help again.
    He's got himself in a terrible jam
    Way down yonder in Vietnam
    So put down your books and pick up a gun,
    We're 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.

    Come on Wall Street, don't be slow,
    Why man, this is war a-go-go
    There's plenty good money to be made
    By supplying the Army with the tools of its trade,
    But 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.
    And 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.
    (I B Emerson)
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