Rebellious Track #6: Country Joe and the Fish - Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag

Published 16 February 10 12:05 PM | seth

This one's a classic, coming straight from Woodstock in 1969.  Country Joe McDonald and his band were famous for songs protesting the Vietnam war. In the Fixin' to Die Rag, they satirized the fact that so many young people were being sent off to fight with little conviction or understanding of why they were at war.

One, two, three, what are we fighting for?

Don't ask me I don't give a damn, the 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!

Why is this relevant now? Almost 80% of Americans think that dealing Afghanistan war in the coming year (a war which the majority has opposed for months), is "extremely important" or "very important."  As the war(s) drag on, it becomes easier to forget that there was a time when we weren't fighting.  It is crucial to remember that these seemingly endless conflicts cost lives.

In an interesting side note that conceptually ties the song to this conference, the band's co-founder and guitarist, Barry "the Fish" Melton, became a practicing lawyer and celebrated public defender in California, and even served as President of CA's Public Defenders Association.  He continued to play music throughout his legal career.  Activism, music, and public interest law? Sounds like the kind of guy we'd like to have here at Reblaw.  See what a career like Barry's would be like by attending our public defense lunch talk or learning about interview techniques from the superstars at the Connecticut PD's Office.

 Reblaw is just a few days away! We're so stoked to see you all here at YLS.




# alexander james said on February 19, 2010 09:47 PM:

You make an excellent point about people remembering only the most recent things. Many were for the war that was pitched as "fighting al qaeda in Afghanistan". How quickly that turned out to be unfounded.

Now most people don't even remember why we're there. It's been time to get out for a while and the nation's finances will certainly appreciate it.

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