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Thread #40502   Message #1696875
Posted By: Jim Dixon
18-Mar-06 - 09:14 AM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords Req: Draft Dodgers Blues
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Draft Dodger Rag (Phil Ochs)
Chords are posted in this thread: Draft Dodging Songs?

Thread #54088   Message #835826
Posted By: BuckMulligan
27-Nov-02 - 01:32 PM
Thread Name: Draft Dodging Songs?
Subject: RE: Draft Dodging Songs?

Draft Dodger Rag was by Phil Ochs - best cover was by Chad Mitchell Trio.

G                                    G#/A
I'm just a typical American boy from a typical American town
    D7                                                   G
I believe in God and Senator Dodd and keeping old Castro down
                                    G#   A
And when it came my time to serve I knew better dead than red
    D7                                                      G
But when I got to my old draft board, buddy, this is what I said:

    Sarge, I'm only eighteen, I got a ruptured spleen
       And I always carry a purse
    I got eyes like a bat, my feet are flat, and my asthma's
       getting worse
                                                   G# A
    O think of my career, my sweetheart dear, and my poor old
       invalid aunt
    Besides, I ain't no fool, I'm a goin' to school, and I'm
       working in a defense plant

I've got a dislocated disc and a racked up back
I'm allergic to flowers and bugs
And when the bombshell hits, I get epileptic fits
And I'm addicted to a thousand drugs
I got the weakness woes, and I can't touch my toes
I can hardly reach my knees
And if the enemy came close to me
I'd probably start to sneeze


I hate Chou En Lai, and I hope he dies,
but one thing you gotta see
That someone's gotta go over there
and that someone isn't me
So I wish you well, Sarge, give 'em Hell
Yeah, Kill me a thousand or so
And if you ever get a war without blood and gore
Well I'll be the first to go