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Vietnam Song – Song Lyric Sunday – War

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Vietnam Song – Song Lyric Sunday – War

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This week the theme is songs that feature Army, Soldier, War in the lyrics.

Thanks to Jim Adams for hosting this musical challenge each week.

To join in today’s challenge, and also see other entries just click this link below:

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2022/04/09/war-crimes/

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Here’s a song I always liked, by Country Joe McDonald and the Fish. It was performed at Woodstock.

This song is shortened to “Vietnam Song”, but it’s original title is “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag”.

There is a lot of interesting information about it you can find on the following links.

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From Songfacts: https://www.songfacts.com/facts/country-joe-the-fish/i-feel-like-im-fixin-to-die-rag

  • This song is a satire of US government attitudes toward the Vietnam War. Country Joe McDonald released it at the height of the war after he had been discharged from the US Navy for several years. He wrote it in about 30 minutes after it popped into his head.
  • The song attempts to put blame for the war upon the politicians and leaders of the US military and the industry that makes its money from war, but not upon those who had to fight the war: the soldiers.

From a Wiki article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Country_Joe_and_the_Fish

Country Joe and the Fish was an American psychedelic rock band formed in Berkeley, California, in 1965. The band was among the influential groups in the San Francisco music scene during the mid- to late 1960s. Much of the band’s music was written by founding members Country Joe McDonald and Barry “The Fish” Melton, with lyrics pointedly addressing issues of importance to the counterculture, such as anti-war protests, free love, and recreational drug use

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Well, 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 Vietnam
So put down your books and pick up a gun,
We’re gonna have a whole lotta fun.
And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam;
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 Wall Street, don’t be slow,
Why man, this is war au-go-go
There’s plenty good money to be made
By supplying the Army with the tools of its trade,
But just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,
They drop it on the Viet Cong.
And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam.
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.
Well, come on generals, let’s move fast;
Your big chance has come at last.
Now you can go out and get those reds
‘Cause the only good commie is the 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 don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam;
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 mothers throughout the land,
Pack your boys off to Vietnam.
Come on fathers, and don’t hesitate
To send your sons off before it’s too late.
And you can be the first ones in your block
To have your boy 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 damn,
Next stop is Vietnam.
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.
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A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2016 – LETTER W

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Today’s letter to write something about is W

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Letter W is for…Woodstock

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Pretty much everyone has heard of Woodstock. It was advertised as ‘3 Days of Peace & Music’, to be held in the summer of 1969, August 15-18. The setting was a huge field, in Bethel, New York. There were 32 music acts that performed, and the audience grew to at least 400,000. There was an award winning documentary made of the event, with actual film of the acts, and the many people who took part. It was directed by Michael Wadleigh, and released in 1970.

A song was written about Woodstock, by Joni Mitchell, which she sang. Later, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young did the song, with a few changes. This is the one I’ve heard.

To read more about Woodstock, click below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodstock

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W is for…Water Buffalo Sandals

There are these leather sandals that were very popular back in the era of the 60s and 70s. They were made in India, I believe, and the soles were flat. There was an instep strap, a piece that went between the toes, and a toe ring. The way to get them set to your feet, was to get them wet, then wear them until they took on the shape of an individual’s foot sole. I had several of these, and loved them.

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Find out more about the A to Z Blog Challenge by clicking below:

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/what-is-blogging-from-to-z.html

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A TO Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2016 – LETTER L

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We have the letter L to write something about. 🙂

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Mystery Box Chickens & Giraffe flying kites

But wait! What happened to the Mystery Box Chickens yesterday? I found them…they were off flying a kite! It was such a pretty day, they skipped out on their duties here. Tsk-tsk…looks like they had fun. 🙂

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So, back to the business at hand…the letter post.

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Letter L is for…Love Beads

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Small beads for stringing Love Beads

Love beads are hand-made necklaces. Back in the 60s especially, they were worn by the so called hippie population, as a symbol of peace, love, and good will. The necklaces are made by stringing, small, multi-colored beads onto thread, and the more you wore, the better, it seemed. I know I made my fair share of them. We’d wear them, trade them, and hang them on the rearview mirror in the car. They were fun and easy to make. I still make all kinds of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings today. I should make a few of the love beads again! 🙂

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Letter L is for…”Lay Down”

“Lay Down” is a song by Melanie, from her album “Candles in the Rain”. She wrote this song in 1970, after her performance at Woodstock in August of 1969.

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L is for…Lava Lamp

The Lava Lamp was invented in 1963, by British accountant, Edward Craven Walker. The lamps contain a mixture of water, mineral oil, and paraffin wax. When gently heated by the small watt bulb underneath, the wax melts and forms the colorful blobs. They come in many different colors, and shapes, and to me, they are very relaxing to watch. The invention of the lamps celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2013, and you can still buy them today! … Here’s a photo of my own Lava Lamp! 🙂 Did you, or do you have one to enjoy?

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NAHAIWRIMO – # 6 – ZEITGEIST

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For today’s National Haiku Writing Month # 6, the prompt word is – Zeitgeist, which means the defining spirit or mood for a particular historical period or location.

To find out more about this month long challenge, click below:

http://www.nahaiwrimo.com/

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Zeitgeist of Woodstock

Three days…Peace, Love, and Music

The Sixties Spirit

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