County Joe’s ‘Fixin’ To Die Rag’ From Woodstock Rebooted For Our Modern Iran Dilemma

Back in the height of the Vietnam era a little ditty made it onto the airwaves that protested the undeclared war in a darkly humorous way. It was called “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag” by Country Joe and the Fish, which became a theme for the war protest movement. Performing it at Woodstock thrust it to national attention and made it an anthem of counter culture America of the ’60’s.

Now it belongs to the history of Hippie lore of that turbulent era; but I have pulled it out of the attic chest, aired it out a bit and present it here in a reincarnated form for our modern political situation. I offer it to you readers and songsters to peruse given our current pre-occupation with yet another uppity foreign country that we can’t quite keep under our thumb. Washington war-hawks who strangely don’t have any military experience themselves are screaming to start another war which we, the uncombed masses, will have to fight for them. Here is an answer to their insistence:

The Fixin’ To Die Rag for this generation:

Well, c’mon all you big strong men Uncle Sam needs your help again,

He’s got himself in a terrible jam way off yonder in I-Iran.

So put down your books and pick up a gun

We’re gonna have a whole lotta fun!

Chorus:

And its one, two, three, what are we fightin’ for?

Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn next stop is I-Iran!

And its five, six, seven open up the pearly gates,

Well, there ain’t no time to wonder why

Whoopee! We’re all gonna die!

Bolton says we must change the regime before it gits even more extreme.

Why can’t we do what we done in ’41 without even using a single gun?

Depose the guy who would have made it free

And brought about Iranian democracy

And instead put into their Casbah a toady that they called ‘The Shah’.

And its one, two, three, what are we fightin’ for?

Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn next stop is I-Iran!

And its five, six, seven open up the pearly gates,

Well, there ain’t no time to wonder why

Whoopee! We’re all gonna die!

Pahlavi got things done the way we said leaving many tortured or even dead

Until the Persians had had enough and also started to play a little rough.

Going back to their Islamic roots they kicked the Shah out with both their boots

And brought in someone also a meanie

I believe his name was something Khomeini.

And its one, two, three, what are we fightin’ for?

Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn next stop is I-Iran!

And its five, six, seven open up the pearly gates,

Well, there ain’t no time to wonder why

Whoopee! We’re all gonna die!

We wondered why they hated us so but the time came to reap what we’d sowed.

They got bold and a little bit sassy and came and grabbed our embassy,

Glued together the secret documents telling how we screwed with their government.

Since then we’ve been each others worst nightmare threatening each other on a dare.

And its one, two, three, what are we fightin’ for?

Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn next stop is I-Iran!

And its five, six, seven open up the pearly gates,

Well, there ain’t no time to wonder why

Whoopee! We’re all gonna die!

We screwed them, they screwed us is the cause of this whole big fuss

Obama wanted to forgive and forget but Trump wants to drive them to debt.

If we hold life to be so dear we need to relax before it all goes nuclear.

So if Don and John want to go a round and pound Iran into the ground

Give them the chance to prove their mettle before starting another soup in a Mideast kettle

Put uniforms on these chicken-hawks send them to fight then watch how they squawk.

Let the two who want the war the most

See what its really like, then see if they boast.

And its one, two, three, what are we fightin’ for?

Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn next stop is I-Iran

! And its five, six, seven open up the pearly gates,

Well, there ain’t no time to wonder why

Whoopee! We’re all gonna die! Whoopee!

Author: rfreed

I was born and I died. Being a disembodied entity makes it very cheap for me to get by. Not having to worry about eating or having a place to live gives me a lot of freedom to squander my time writing occasionally funny articles. See more almost funny stuff at http://inyear252509.wordpress.com/

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