[23], McDonald has said that American prisoner of war Phillip N. Butler told him that the song was regularly broadcast into Hỏa Lò Prison (the "Hanoi Hilton"), in North Vietnam, to the POWs by their captors, and Butler told him that the song actually boosted their morale as they hummed along. With the creativity of the band reaching a climax, the band began touring nationally and became positively regarded for their live light shows.[8]. "[17] The audience receptively responded by cheering the "F-U-C-K" chant along with McDonald. The effect of this I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag and other songs like it had a deep effect on the nation’s counter-culter and anti-war movements. Listen to Eat Flowers & Kiss Babies by Country Joe McDonald & The Bevis Frond on Apple Music. The band effectively used satirical humor to express their outspoken views toward the Vietnam War and other hot topics of the counterculture. In addition, the song features a signature chorus: And it's one, two, three, what are we fighting for? These include "Janis"/"Janis (instrumental)" and "Who Am I"/"Thursday". Asked by festival promoters to kill some time between sets that afternoon in August 1969, McDonald picked up an acoustic guitar that was lying backstage and went out and played a solo set, … McDonald would have also been barred from ever performing the song again without the possibility of further damages. On the album, "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" appears following "The Fish Cheer", which at concerts became a Country Joe standard. "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" saw a more commercial release on the group's second album, I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die, which was distributed in November 1967. The song was usually preceded by "The Fish Cheer", a cheer spelling out "F-I-S-H". The original album sleeve contained a poster for "The Fish Game", a huge 22 x 33-inch fold-out board game sheet for throwing a dice and moving five band-member cut-out paper pieces around on. The most parts of this song is EXACTLY the same as the whole I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag, you can just sing along to it. Hirsch* 2:08 The Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag 2. Who Am I 3. Find top songs and albums by Country Joe McDonald including I Feel Like I'm Fixin to Die Rag, Ring of Fire and more. Various goals are available for the game such as "scoring a joint".[7]. Tracks: I Feel Like I'm Music has always had the ability to affect our mood and change our behavior. Country Joe & The Fish Live @ Woodstock 1969 Fish Cheer_I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixing-To-Die-Rag I think I'm fixin to die rag (Woodstock '69)www.countryjoe.com G D G D Aw C'mon all of you big strong men Uncle Sam needs your help again got G E … ", as a protest against the first Gulf War. Next stop is Vietnam. [22], McDonald performed part of the song while playing a folksinging hippie named "Joaquin" in the Tales of the City TV miniseries. Discover releases, reviews, track listings, recommendations, and more about Country Joe & The Fish* - I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag / Rock And Soul Music at Discogs. Listen to music by Country Joe & The Fish on Apple Music. Country Joe McDonald - Feel Like I'm Fixing To Die Rag (Letra e música para ouvir) - 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 Viet [6] Despite the familiarity of the opening track, the album itself sold less than its predecessor. [3] In 1965, Country Joe McDonald founded and edited for a local counterculture magazine in Berkeley, California, which he called Rag Baby – a Bay Area adaptation of the folk magazine Broadside. Family Life He was the son of Worden McDonald, who worked for the telephone company, and Florence Plotnick, a . There were initially plans to release his version as a single, and indeed some copies were sent out to DJs, but according to Seeger, distributors refused to handle it, and it was never officially released. Old. [27], Japanese band Omoide Hatoba included a 40-second-long cover on their 1992 album Black Hawaii, with the title reading "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fix-in-to-Die Rag." 10. Recordings took place in Vanguard studios in 71 West 23rd Street, New York City. [6] It expresses discontent towards the process of conscription, through the use of dark humor, and culminating in a reflection of casualties of the war, as hinted in the satirical invitation to "be the first one on your block, to have your boy come home in a box". I asked my tour manager if he thought it would be OK if I went back on and did the cheer and he said yeah. [18] Country Joe and the Fish also performed on the third day of the festival, and also concluded their set with the cheer and "Fixin'-to-Die Rag". After his discharge three years later, he enrolled in a Los Angeles college where he became involved in the Civil Rights Movement. It was also featured in the TV show The Wonder Years, in the season 2 episode, titled "Walk Out" (1989). Magoo 6. McDonald was augmented with a Yamaha FG 150 guitar that he found and holstered with a rope. Country Joe & The Fish Record "I feel like I'm fixin' to die" released in 1967 The song was a favorite among the hippie culture, and was featured in McDonald's set list at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. 1. Complete your Country Joe & The Fish* collection. [4] To accommodate the issue, McDonald was inspired to distribute a "talking issue" of the magazine, an extended play called Rag Baby Talking Issue No. Kate Wolf covered Muriel Hogan's plaintive Agent Orange Song, and Fixin' to Die Rag and Kiss My Ass are reprised in fine manner. "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" is a song by the American psychedelic rock band Country Joe and the Fish, written by Country Joe McDonald, and first released as the opening track on the extended play Rag Baby Talking Issue No. The song's lyrics implicitly blame American politicians, high-level military officers, and industry corporations on starting the Vietnam War. It also comes complete with a replica of the Fish Game, as included in original LPs. 1, in October 1965 (see 1965 in music). Listen to music by Country Joe McDonald on Apple Music. Anti Featuring among others David Hayes on bass and Peter Walsh on guitar. Rock Coast Blues 5. We're All Gonna Die! WHOO[D]PEE we're all gonna [G] die Well [D7] come on generals let's move fast [G] Your big chance is come at last [D7] Gotta go out and get those reds The [G] only good commie is one that's dead And you [E7] know that [7] In the summer of 1968, the first instance of the slightly altered version known as "The Fuck Cheer" appeared in New York City at the Shaefer Summer Music Festival, among a crowd of nearly 10,000. Finde Toptitel und -alben von Country Joe McDonald, unter anderem „Ring of Fire“ und „I Feel Like I'm Fixin to Die Rag… It again features organ-heavy psychedelia and Eastern melodic lines and more acoustic guitar than their debut production. Stream songs including "I Feel Like I'm Fixin To Die Rag", "Here I … Don't ask me I don't give a damn I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag (dt. The 2013 digi pack double disc set includes both the Stereo and Mono version of the album, the latter available for the first time since 1967. Decades later, McDonald had a lawsuit filed against him for allegedly infringing on the copyright of Kid Ory's tune, "Muskrat Ramble". [21] It was also included as a bonus track on a reissue of his 1969 album Young vs. [14] Although Hirsh has never explained why he made the change, writer James E. Perone has speculated in his book Songs of the Vietnam Conflict that it was a "rebellious counterculture political act demonstrating free speech rights in the mid-1960s". The second LP from Country Joe & The Fish, I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die, hit record stores in November of 1967, just six months after the release of their debut, Electric Music for the Mind and Body, which had skyrocketed the Psychedelic band into popularity, garnering the bay area rockers a coveted spot at the Monterey Pop Festival, and a busy summer of touring. Nobody in the audience at the Forum was surprised that Country Joe McDonald opened the night with “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag.” First released in 1967, his signature song was repurposed in 1986 as the first track on Vietnam Experience , an album he recorded as veterans of the war were finally receiving public recognition. Although the rest of the tracks were not as popular, they still were accessible and showcased Country Joe McDonald as a lead vocalist. I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag Lyrics: Well, come on all of you, big strong men / Uncle Sam needs your help again / He's got himself in a terrible jam … ‚Mir-kommt’s-vor-als-würd’-ich-bald-sterben-Rag‘) ist ein gegen den Vietnamkrieg gerichtetes Protestlied von Country Joe and the Fish, einer 1960er-Jahre-Folkrockband aus San Francisco. It eventually found its way onto the Internet. So I went "Give me an F! I played 'Janis' and 'Tennessee Stud' and then I walked off the stage. [7] The album, as a whole, fit well in the psychedelic scene of San Francisco. Find top songs and albums by Country Joe & The Fish including Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine, I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag … [10][11] Initially, the song was going to be featured on Country Joe and the Fish's debut album, Electric Music for the Mind and Body, but record producer Sam Charters insisted that the track remain off the record. [15] However, executives from The Ed Sullivan Show were present at the concert, and barred Country Joe and the Fish from their scheduled appearance and any future performances on the show.[5]. "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag"'s dark humor and satire made it one of the most recognized protest songs against the Vietnam War. Thought Dream 8. His most famous song was The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag, a Vietnam War protest song. In the public mind, the most famous version of Country Joe McDonald’s Vietnam War protest song, “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin-to-Die Rag,” is the one in the film Woodstock. Someday, “The ‘Fish’ Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die-Rag” will be mentioned in the first lines of Country Joe McDonald’s obituary. In June 1965, an early incarnation of Country Joe and the Fish recorded an acoustic version of "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag", the later debut album track, "Superbird", and two other songs by local folk musician, Peter Krug at Arhoolie Records Studios, under the guidance of record producer Chris Strachwitz. Janis is the first song on side two of the original LP. 1967 studio album by Country Joe and the Fish, The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=I-Feel-Like-I%27m-Fixin%27-to-Die&oldid=1000661071, Short description is different from Wikidata, Album articles lacking alt text for covers, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz release group identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Vanguard Studios, 71 West 23rd Street, New York City, "Eastern Jam" (Barthol, Cohen, Hirsh, Melton) – 4:27, "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die" (Alternative Mix) - 3:02, This page was last edited on 16 January 2021, at 03:03. ", and they all yelled "F! [8], After a brief stint performing as a duo in Berkeley, McDonald and Barry Melton recruited more members and eventually signed a recording contract with Vanguard Records in December 1966. Swedish rock singer Svante Karlsson covered it in 2003 on his album Autograph. In 2005, a court dismissed the suit, holding that the Ory estate had waited too long to make the claim. The song has been featured in the films Woodstock (1970), More American Graffiti (1979), Purple Haze (1982), and Hamburger Hill (1987), and the HBO miniseries Generation Kill (2008). Country Joe And The Fish / Country Joe McDonald - Rock And Soul Music / Fish Cheer I Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag (7", Single) Vanguard, Vanguard 1C 006-91 825, 1C006-91825 Germany 1970 Sell This Version Sung by Public Bath Records' David Hopkins, it consists of the intro, first verse, chorus, and the chorus starting to repeat when Seiichi Yamamoto cuts it off by shouting "Next!". Drummer Gary "Chicken" Hirsh suggested that the opening chorus spell out "fuck", which was positively received by younger listeners, and led to unexpected radio exposure of the album version on both alternative radio stations and AM radio. Country Joe Mcdonald - Feel Like i'm Fixing to Die Rag - Woodstock '69 I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die is the second studio album by the influential San Francisco psychedelic rock band, Country Joe and the Fish, released in 1967. [12][13], The song was a popular attraction in the band's live performance. At Woodstock, Joe had the crowd yell F-U-C-K instead of F-I-S-H. Another musical highlight is the track "Janis" written for McDonald's then-girlfriend Janis Joplin. [24], The Passion Killers, comprising several members of the band Chumbawamba, covered the song with modified lyrics on their 1991 single, "Whoopee! When the controversial composition "Superbird" was not banned from airplay, "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" was placed as the opening to their second album, I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die. The performance was featured on the Woodstock film, which included sing-a-long lyrical subtitles of "The Fuck Cheer". "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" is a song by the American psychedelic rock band Country Joe and the Fish, written by Country Joe McDonald, and first released as the opening track on the extended play Rag Baby Talking Issue No. Credited composers are E. Ory and R. Gilbert, but was composed by Louis Armstrong (uncredited) - all Edward 'Kid' Ory did was simply give it its title Muskat Ramble (after Muscatel Wine), but this was changed to Muskrat Ramble. It was referenced on the 2008 edition of the AP United States History exam. [4], The second album was released just seven months after the debut and is another prime example of the band's psychedelic experimentation. Well there ain't no time to wonder why, The album version concludes with the uttering of several light machine guns firing and a final explosion, evoking the dropping of another atomic bomb. On August 16, 1969, the second day of the Woodstock Festival, McDonald made an unexpected solo performance of "The Fuck Cheer" at the conclusion of his set list, after Quill. It is the second song written for a female musician for their albums, the other being "Grace". I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die is the second studio album by the influential San Francisco psychedelic rock band, Country Joe and the Fish, released in 1967. Critics cite the composition as a classic of the counterculture era. Bonus cuts include an unreleased alternate mix of the title track (minus sound effects), an instrumental version of "Janis," both on the Mono disc, and a deluxe 40-page booklet stuffed with rare photos and memorabilia. [6] About 100 copies of the EP were pressed on McDonald's independent label and, were sold at Sproul Plaza in UC Berkeley, during a Teach-in, and in underground stores that stocked Rag Baby.[4]. [9] Inspired by the live performances of Bob Dylan and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the group became fully intertwined in electric rock, and recorded a new electrified version of "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" in Sierra Sound Laboratories, in February 1967. Two singles were released in the wake of the album. Hör dir Musik von Country Joe McDonald auf Apple Music an. A 2005 judgment upheld McDonald's copyright on the song, claiming that Ory had waited too long to make the claim. [1] The title track remains one of the most popular Vietnam protest songs from the 1960s and originally appeared on a 1965 7" EP titled Rag Baby: Songs of Opposition. And it's five, six, seven, open up the pearly gates, An altered version of the cheer that was performed in live performances, known as "The Fuck Cheer", resulted in a television ban for Country Joe and the Fish in 1968, for the vulgarity, but was applauded by concert-goers. Recordings took place in Vanguard studios in 71 West 23rd Street, New York City. [25][26], Eugene Chadbourne released a rewritten version entitled "Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die (Iraq)" on his 1991 7" single Oil of Hate. If the action had been successful Country Joe McDonald would have been required to pay $150,000 for each live performance of the song in the three years since the lawsuit was filed. Although the song achieved national notoriety when it was included on Country Joe and the Fish's second album, I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die, it was first composed and distributed two years prior. Pat’s Song 4. Janis 7. In 2001, the heirs of New Orleans jazz trombonist Kid Ory launched a lawsuit against Country Joe McDonald, claiming that the music of "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" constituted plagiarism of "Muskrat Ramble", a number by Ory,[19][20] recorded by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five in 1926. [28], "Great Moments in Folk Rock: Lists of Author Favorites", "Show 42 - The Acid Test: Psychedelics and a sub-culture emerge in San Francisco", "Country Joe and the Fish interview with Joe McDonald", "Country Joe Sued For Stealing Protest Song", "Country Joe McDonald Accused Of Ripping Off Jazz Great", "Country Joe McDonald, the "Suppressed" Seeger recording", "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (TV Mini-Series 1993)", "Country Joe McDonald, How I Wrote the Rag", The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_%22Fish%22_Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I%27m-Fixin%27-to-Die_Rag&oldid=1003737463, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz work identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 January 2021, at 12:32. In focusing on the diagnosis of these issues, Joe McDonald’s I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die-Rag, illustrates the hopelessness many American’s felt toward the Vietnam War. [19], Pete Seeger covered the song in 1970. McDonald published four editions of the magazine, and sought to incorporate musical influences to support Rag Baby's left-wing message. Thursday 9. The 2013 digi pack double disc set includes two bonus cuts added to the mono disc. I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag Well C'mon all you big strong men Aller, venez vous les hommes forts Uncle Sam needs your help again Oncle Sam a encore besoin de voter aide Got himself in a terrible jam ! [5] According to McDonald, the rag was written in under 30 minutes with a conscious purpose of reflecting on the escalation of the Vietnam War, while he composed another song, "Who Am I", which was also relating to the US's increasing armed involvement. McDonald composed "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" in the summer of 1965, just as the U.S.'s military involvement was increasing, and was intensively opposed by the young generation. I Feel Like I'm Fixin'-To-Die Rag Written-By – Country Joe McDonald 2:40 B – Country Joe And The Fish Rock And Soul Music Written-By – B. Melton*, B. Barthol*, Country J. McDonald*, D. Cohen*, Ch. The song began with a "Fish Cheer", in which the band spells out the word "F-I-S-H" in the manner of cheerleaders at American football games ("Give me an F", etc.). [16] According to McDonald, "I went on with my guitar and it was like 'Here is this guy who's going to sing' but no one paid any attention. "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die-Rag" In 1959, at the age of seventeen, Joe McDonald joined the Navy. All songs by Country Joe McDonald, except where noted. McDonald denied these allegations and the suit was later dismissed. The 'Feel Like I'm Fixing To Sue Rag' BERKELEY, Calif. (Wireless Flash) -- A war may soon be waged over one of the best protest songs of the 1960s: "Feel Like I'm Fixing To Die Rag" by Country Joe McDonald. 1, in October 1965 (see 1965 in music). [5] During this time, the band continued to build on their growing fame by performing at local venues like the Fillmore Auditorium. I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag 3:41 A2 Bass Strings 3:56 A3 Flying High 2:29 A4 Porpoise Mouth 2:47 A5 An Untitled Protest 2:45 A6 Who Am I 4:06 B1 Grace 7:01 B2 Waltzing In The Moonlight 2:13 B3 Death Sound Blues B4 This version features a solo performed by legendary guitarist Albert Lee. War has been a big industry for the greater part of the decade, which makes peace a somewhat lost cause. 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