1960s Protest Music By Fatima Ali

1.) Who is the artist?

The artist is Phil Ochs

2.) What is the name of the Song?

Draft Dodger Rag

3.) When was it recorded/released?

The song was released in 1965.

4.) What other (if any) famous songs do they sing?

I Ain't Marching Anymore and One More Parade.

5.) What do you think the lyrics of the song mean?

The lyrics are his way of saying that he doesn't want to get drafted and he won't be good for the military.

"Sarge, I'm only eighteen, I got a ruptured spleen. And I always carry a purse. I got eyes like a bat, and my feet are flat, and my asthma's getting worse. Yes, think of my career, my sweetheart dear, and my poor old invalid aunt."

Phil says within these lines that he is too young and isn't suitable to go fight in the war.

6.) How do they relate to or reflect the time period?

The lyrics reflect to those people that are getting drafted during the Vietnam War.

7.) What is taking place in history when the song was recorded or popular?

At the time the song was released, the conflict with Vietnam was going on.

8.) What was the overall inspiration and message of the lyrics of the song?

The overall message of the song was that people are getting drafted without a choice and it doesn't matter if they have an injury or if they aren't good for the military. Phil Ochs expresses these feelings into the song.

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