For my third blog post I want to analyze the lyrics of the song “I-Feel- Like-I’m-Fixin-to-Die Rag” by Country Joe and the Fish.
I mentioned in my early post that this song has a sarcastic tone. That means that they are saying one thing when actually they mean the opposite. For example: When the song says “Your big chance has come at last”, look like is a good thing. But, in reality they feel sorry because a person have been drafted and that means that he has to go to war.
In addition, in my first post I point out that the song has a sarcastic humor, called “GI humor”, this means that in addition to the opposite meaning they say things joking. For example: they claim in the song “Just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb, they drop it on the Viet Cong” in this two lines they are saying that the only thing the soldiers can do when they are in Vietnam is pray to not be kill by the bombs the United States was dropping. So, pray to not be kill by their own country. Also, in the last part of the song they say, “Be the first one on your block, to have your boy come home in a box”, here they are joking because look like that the parents are racing for which of their children will come first home, and the way they come back is dead.
This in my opinion is not something to joke, but I understand why they do this. They are trying to show that the war not only affect to the people who actually goes to the war in Vietnam. Also, affect to their families, their parents, siblings, wives, sons, etc…
Finally, in my opinion I think that the sarcastic tone, and the sarcastic humor are good way to express the anger and ire of the people during the Vietnam War.
For this blog post I did not use any resource, I use the lyrics of the song. Although, I am reading the book you told me.