The song's lyrics are about placing blame on American politicians, high-level military officers, and industry corporations on starting the Vietnam War. Back in the old days as in 1800's wise it was with swords and bows, now it's with missiles, nuclear weapons, bombs of every and all descriptions. Music is the one thing that brings everyone together, and was , incidentally, created by God. McDonald blames American involvement in Vietnam on several groups: the government, zealous military commanders, greedy arms manufacturers and capitalists — even parents who encourage or allow their sons to enlist. Country Joe McDonald at Monterey Pop Festival, two years before he launched his solo career at Woodstock.
But they also had this political side, which Vanguard had faced before with artists such as and who was already becoming a lightning rod for the right with her anti-Vietnam and pro-civil rights activities. And it's five, six, seven, Open up the pearly gates, Well there ain't no time to wonder why Whoopee! Have you noticed that we haven't had any more terrorist attacks since 9-11? If 60,000 young men died wouldn't you want to know why? I feel the cold of eve slowly waning. Who am I To stand and wonder, to wait While the wheels of fate Slowly grind my life away. It is a mis-managed quagmire. Despite the familiarity of the opening track, the album itself sold less than its predecessor. There's plenty good money to be made By supplying the Army with the tools of the trade, Just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb, They drop it on the Viet Cong.
Thats why we have Bush and Chainey, who should both be tried and put into prison. Well, I said please, Please don't drop, Don't drop that h-bomb, H-bomb on me. But if you choose not to believe, that is up to you. With bottles of light and sacks of clay, With music to dance and songs to play, With lemons and candles you'll see the way That the moon will shine in her eyes. Five months after its release, the group signed a contract with Vanguard Records, a New York-based record label had previously been known primarily for its releases of pre-Baroque and Baroque-era classical music and folk recordings. I can't help but wonder, with all this war in our history, how long it'll take until it kills us all.
Alas, the lineup began coming apart at that point -- was dismissed in mid-1968, and was gone by the end of the year. Lyndon Johnson was still a popular president in most of the country outside the Deep South, and in early 1967, the only public figures who'd paid a price over the Vietnam War were a handful of Democrats who'd been defeated for opposing it. 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. But, politicians at that time needed to pull their heads out of the sand and take a good, hard look at the blood on their hands. Who am I To stand and wonder, to wait While the wheels of fate Slowly grind my life away. And it's one, two, three What are we fighting for? It seems that the Dixie Chicks, Bruce Springsteen and U2 are the only current major musical performers who are specifically addressing America's current and past imperialistic wars in their work.
Content created by Alpha History may not be copied, republished or redistributed without our express permission. The album, as a whole, fit well in the psychedelic scene of San Francisco. Despite this, the song was widely known by young Americans, particularly those in the anti-war and counterculture movements. In 1965, founded and edited for a local magazine in Berkeley, California, which he called Rag Baby — a Bay Area adaptation of the magazine. But next time, remember Bill Clinton had Osama bin Laden handed to him on a silver platter and he said nope. And it's one, two, three, What are we fighting for? Just one man's opinion, that's all. By that time, however, the best days of the band were over.
Well come on mothers across the land. Stand behind the troops and this president for once and show these terrorists what we're really made of. You will probably see the draft emerge again, as the Iraq war actually world war 3 drags on. And it's one, two, three, What are we fighting for? Now that the excuse of the Soviets is gone there is terrorism. Don't ask me, I don't give a damn, Next stop is Vietnam. She will stand in the sea with her body like sand And the dolphins will come kiss the palms of her hands; As she opens her soul to the water and land Her smiles will color the sky.
Now, go out and do what's right. He periodically reunited with -- whose presence is essential for the official use of the name -- and , , and , in the wake of the war in Iraq. And it's one, two, three What are we fighting for? Well, come on generals, let's move fast; Your big chance has come at last. 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! Country Joe and the Fish was an American rock band of the 1960s, fronted by United States Navy veteran Joe McDonald. The band relates some mass procedure of enlistment for national duty, as if they were the recruiters.
He remained committed to ending the Vietnam War, participating in demonstrations and appearing on-stage with The F. By this time, and were both playing electric guitars; , a 16-year-old friend of 's from high school, was in the lineup playing electric bass; New York-born, formally trained joined on electric guitar and keyboards; , an alumnus of the Instant Action Jug Band, played guitar, bass, tambourine, and maracas; and jazzman played drums. Yeah, I said please, Please don't drop, Don't drop that h-bomb on me. Well come on all of you big strong men, Uncle Sam needs your help again. Whenever I hear people at school talking about Osama Bin Laden and how he's a monster I can't help but say, well, look at the rest of us. The way Country Joe McDonald and the Fish portrays the soldiers seems to show them as some mass group of mindless, obediant followers. Recordings took place in Vanguard studios in 71 West 23rd Street,.
Let's blame the president, let's blame big oil companies. McDonald published four editions of the magazine, and sought to incorporate musical influences to support Rag Baby's message. No Six Flags over Jesus when we die. He's become an almost mythic figure on the agit-prop scene since the early '80s, when he resumed his activist work -- wherever the American government seemed hell-bent on turning troops loose to kill people, he's there with his music, trying to answer the call to arms with something else. At the same time, his band, co-founded with Barry Melton, was starting to shatter under the unrelenting pressure of constant touring and recording. Vietnam wasn't yet a central issue, but civil rights, the economic embargo of Cuba, the working conditions of migrant farm laborers, America's role in decades of repressive politics of the Dominican Republic, and a Kennedy-era foreign policy initiative called Food for Peace were all on the agenda. Do you think maybe it was to stop the mass murdering that was going on with Saddam? McDonald denied these allegations and the suit was later dismissed.
As sun burst rays of warmth overtake me. Run by and , the company had stuck its neck out before by signing the reunited folk group , who'd been blacklisted into premature retirement, but presented new problems -- apart from being an electric band with a louder sound than anything they'd previously recorded, they had a repertoire of daring, challenging sounds that made them a potential West Coast answer to , perhaps even rivals to , the electric quartet just signed by Vanguard's indie label competitor Elektra. And I was the real deal. Come on mothers throughout the land, Pack your boys off to Vietnam. Pack your boys off to Vietnam. Who am I To stand and wonder, to wait While the wheels of fate Slowly grind my life away. The stars are so big and the earth is so small; Stay as you are stay as you are Sometimes when I look into your eyes The beauty that I see makes me want to cry.