Country Joe McDonald Redux

We know, we know, we've been talking about Country Joe and the Fish and the Feel Like I'm Fixing to Die Rag for months--tonight Politics in the Zeros talks about him, and leads us to Country Joe's current website--and a transcript of his testimony (which we were unaware of) in the famous Chicago 8 conspiracy trial in Chicago.

Here are the official lyrics to the song. You can listen to it here.

This is Country Joe getting ready to sing the song at Woodstock.

Don't miss the updated versions of the Rag adapted to meet the current situation with Iraq--on a page called Fixing to Die in Iraq. This one's our favorite:
Well come on all you new young men Uncle Sam's in a mess again
Got himself in a terrible jam
With a crazy Muslim named Saddam
So put dowm your bibles pick up your guns
We're gonna have a whole lot of FUN
And it's 1 2 3 what are we fighting for
Don't ask me I don't give a damn
I just know we gotta kill Saddam
And its 5 6 7 open up the pearly gates
Aint no time to wonder why
Big oil is startin to cry

Well come on all of you christian right
We all know you love a good fight
Now's your chance for a last crusade
The whole damn word has got to be saved
Just remember when your children all die
They'll be standing at the good Lord's side

Come on Dubya ,better move fast
Our gas is burnin and it won't last
Your daddy started but he couldn't finish
Now's your chance to make your own image
Aren't you glad you don't have sons
Cause we're callin up the guard for this one
Country Joe served in the army--he was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1965. Here's his certificate of discharge.

We also found the website for Barry "The Fish" Melton, who co-founded Country Joe and the Fish with Country Joe in 1965. He became a criminal defense lawyer, and most recently, serves as the Public Defender in Yola County, California. He still performs his music.

Last but not least, here is the official website for the band, Country Joe and the Fish.

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