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History Music Project Two of the most memorable of events of the 60s were the Vietnam War and Woodstock Joe McDonald was a part of both The song which I was randomly assigned was Fixin To Die Rag by Country Joe McDonald However this is only the songs pop-culture name The songs full name is I Feel Like Im Fixin To Die Rag Also Joe McDonald started a band called The Fish which he belonged to But in Fixin To Die Rag Country Joe performs alone strumming his guitar and singing his lyrics The song is most famous for Country Joes performance at Woodstock back in 1969 In fact this performance was so famous that the only version of the song available on the Internet is the live version from Woodstock To tell the truth when I first heard Fixin To Die Rag my friends who were over Matt Kramer and Matt Stephenson and I started laughing We thought the song was really funny because it sounded really hick-like and country However after listening to the lyrics a few times I began to understand the purpose and meaning of the song Not only did I learn about the feelings of the Vietnam War through the song but I also could see how pop-culture music evolves over time Fixin To Die Rag categorized as folk music was extremely popular during the 60s and 70s yet it is mocked in current times It was clear though that this song was about the Vietnam and America In fact one line even goes Just hope and pray that if they drop the bombThey drop it on the Viet Cong After listening to the lyrics of the song a few more times I conducted research on Country Joe McDonald to find more about the song and his life After learning about Country Joes life experiences and feelings I was able to get an even better understanding of the meaning of
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