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Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004

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FEEL LIKE I'M FIXIN' TO DIE RAG


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Mark Ross 15 Oct 04 - 05:43 PM
McGrath of Harlow 15 Oct 04 - 05:58 PM
harpgirl 15 Oct 04 - 06:13 PM
McGrath of Harlow 15 Oct 04 - 08:22 PM
GUEST,Pete Peterson 15 Oct 04 - 11:41 PM
PoppaGator 16 Oct 04 - 12:37 AM
JennyO 16 Oct 04 - 11:54 AM
alinact 16 Oct 04 - 10:26 PM
Peace 16 Oct 04 - 10:36 PM
Peace 16 Oct 04 - 10:37 PM
libertarian 16 Oct 04 - 11:22 PM
katlaughing 17 Oct 04 - 12:43 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 17 Oct 04 - 12:53 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 17 Oct 04 - 12:57 AM
Mark Ross 17 Oct 04 - 01:53 PM
McGrath of Harlow 17 Oct 04 - 02:43 PM
Richard Bridge 17 Oct 04 - 04:44 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: Mark Ross
Date: 15 Oct 04 - 05:43 PM

I am supposed to play '60's protest songs tonight at Springfield(Oregon)High School. I was getting ready and my lady friend(She Who Must Be Obeyed)suggested this old Country Joe tune, but I thought it could be updated just a little. Let me know what you think.

Mark Ross

FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004

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 the desert sand
So put down your books and pick up a gun,
We're gonna have a whole lotta fun.
Chorus:
And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is the desert sand
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 generals, let's move fast;
Your big chance has come at last.
Gotta go out and kill 'em in their beds
The only good Muslim is the one that's dead
You know that peace can only be won
When we've blown 'em all to kingdom come.
[Chorus]

Come on Wall Street, don't move slow,
Bush and Cheney want you to know
There's plenty good money to be made
Supplying the Army with the tools of the trade,
Just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,
They drop it on Iran.
[Chorus]

Come on mothers throughout the land,
Pack your boys off to the desert sand
Come on fathers, don't hesitate,
Send your sons off before it's too late.
You can be the first one on your block
To have your boy come home in a box.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 15 Oct 04 - 05:58 PM

"Gimme an F..."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: harpgirl
Date: 15 Oct 04 - 06:13 PM

chillingly timely....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 15 Oct 04 - 08:22 PM

Tell us how it went.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson
Date: 15 Oct 04 - 11:41 PM

Great update! Wonder how long it's going to take to learn it. We've been doing the best antiwar song I know at gigs without saying it IS one. . . Kittredge's Tenting Tonight (1864): Many are the hearts that are weary tonight Wishing for the war to cease. . . this one is a little less subtle. Thanks Mark!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: PoppaGator
Date: 16 Oct 04 - 12:37 AM

Nice job! It's kinda surprising -- and scary -- how very little you had to change the original lyrics to convert the song to something completely up-to-date and relevant to the current situation. Substitute "desert sand[s]" for "Vietnam," and you're about 9/10s of the way there.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: JennyO
Date: 16 Oct 04 - 11:54 AM

We did a combined choirs thing a few weeks ago, with new words to this one. I can't find them at the moment, but where it says "Next stop is Vietnam" we sang "we're gonna trash Saddam". I'll have to see if I can find those words amongst the chaos that is this room right now - in the middle of spring cleaning and completely rearranging the furniture at the moment.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: alinact
Date: 16 Oct 04 - 10:26 PM

Great minds think alike! I've also done an update of the song.

(Excuse the language)
Now, come on all of you big strong men
Uncle Sam needs your help again.
He's got himself in a terrible fix
way down yonder in Iraq.
So put down your books and pick up a gun,
we're gonna have a whole lot of fun.

And it's one, two, three
what are we fighting for?
Don't ask me I don't give a fuck
the next stop is Iraq.
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.

Now, come on generals, let's move fast
your big chance has come at last.
Now you can go out and get those reds
cos' the only good commie is 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've no idea
the next stop is North Korea.
etc

Come on, Wall Street, don't be slow
why man this war's a-go-go.
There's plenty of money to be made
by supplying the army with the tools of it's trade.
Let's hope and pray that if they drop the bomb
they drop it on the Persian throng.

And it's one, two, three
what are we fighting for?
Don't ask me I don't give a damn
the next stop is Iran.
etc.

Now come on mothers throughout the land
send your boys off to the desert sands.
Come on fathers don't hesitate
send your sons off before it's too late
and you can be the first ones on your block
to have your boys 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 fuck
the next stop is Iraq.
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.

Allan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: Peace
Date: 16 Oct 04 - 10:36 PM

Mark, that's really very, very good. Go get 'em.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: Peace
Date: 16 Oct 04 - 10:37 PM

alinact, nice work.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: libertarian
Date: 16 Oct 04 - 11:22 PM

Both new versions are great, and remember when you go to the polls on election day, both Democrat and Republican candidates are for keeping our presence in Iraq. If we want our country to get back to the principles it was founded upon, we all need to go to the polls on Election day and stop wasting our vote, and finally vote for the party that respects the constitution as well as the candidate that knows and would preserve and protect the constitution from all enemies domestic and foreign, and that candidate is on the Libertarian Party's line, and his name is Michael Badnarik.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 12:43 AM

Well done versions!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 12:53 AM

Was this agenda-performance - and use of school facilities - (by an adult-group fronting under the auspicious of a "school club activity") approved by the principal and school board? There is clearly over a 2/3 conservative voter-view within the Springfield district.

Perhaps, it is time for a change in principal, and a change in the local school-board.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 12:57 AM

LaughKat (remember our "agreement") you try to stay below the BS line......and I will attempt to stay above.

The line-of-demarcation is clear....and we have not crossed paths recently....

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

Consider the Fall change in light....perhaps it is time for you to return to the doctor for more than weight and blood-pressure?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: Mark Ross
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 01:53 PM

It was for the Springfield High Human Rights Alliance, a students club. Sparsely attended, but an enthusiastic audience. Strange thing was, when I got there there was another set of performers who were planning to do their own updated version, so I let them have the song. They bill themselves as ENEMY COMBATANTS and they were great! Peter Shabarek(?) and Carol Melia, really nice people and harmonies to die for, sort of reminded me of Jim & Jean, and/or Richard and Mimi Farina. It was nice to see young people getting involved and feeling politically active(tho I wish that they didn't place so much hope in the power of the balllot and our so-called democracy).

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 02:43 PM

Did Lisa Simpson turn up? Sounds like her kind of thing...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: FIXING TO DIE RAG 2004
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 04:44 PM

I think the Wall street verse needs further attention - for one of the exploitative aspects of the invasion is that the USA (and allies) have destroyed Iraq's infrastructure, and yet rather than the US paying Iraq compensation, the reconstruction program will line the pockets of US companies - and to the extent that there is any aid program the funding will be recouped out of Iraq's remaining share of its own oil revenues - and the US capitalists will continue to suck the economic lifeblood out of Iraq for generations...


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