1960's Protest Music The Fish Cheer: I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die--Country Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is an American musician who was the lead singer of the 1960's psychedelic rock group "Country Joe and the Fish". He was born January 1, 1942.

The name of the song is "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die".

The song was released in 2005, in an album called "At the Borderline".

Some other famous songs that he produced are "Carry On, On My Own, Love is a Fire," and many more.

This song is a satire of US government attitudes toward the Vietnam War. Country Joe MacDonald 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. It expresses the thoughts of a person trapped in the military system and forced to go to war by something called "conscription," or the draft.

The song attempts to address the horror of going to war with a dark sarcastic form of humor called "GI humor." GI humor is a way people have of complaining about their situation so it will not get them in trouble and keep them from going insane in an insane environment: war.

The Vietnam War was taking place during the making of this song, which reflects the lyrics and meaning of the song.

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