Give me a F! (F!)
Give me a U! (U!)
Give me a C! (C!)
Give me a K! (K!)
What's that spell ? (FUCK)
What's that spell ? (FUCK)
What's that spell ? (FUCK)
What's that spell ? (FUCK)
What's that spell ? (FUCK)

Well, come on all of you, big strong men,
Uncle Sam needs your help again.
Yeah, he's got himself in a terrible jam
Way down yonder in Vietnam
So put down your books and pick up a gun,
Gonna have a whole lotta fun.

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
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! we're all gonna die.

Well, come on generals, let's move fast;
Your big chance has come at last.
Now you can go out and get those reds
'Cause the only good commie is the one that's dead
And you know that peace can only be won
When we've blown 'em all to kingdom come.

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
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! we're all gonna die.

Yeah, come on Wall Street, don't be slow,
Why man, this is war au-go-go
There's plenty good money to be made
By supplying the Army with the tools of its trade,
Just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,
They drop it on the Viet Cong.

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
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! we're all gonna die.

Come on mothers throughout the land,
Pack your boys off to Vietnam.
Come on fathers, and don't hesitate
To send your sons off before it's too late.
You can be the first ones in your block
To have your boy come home in a box.

And it's one, two, three
What are we fighting for ?
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! we're all gonna die.


Lyrics submitted by Nelly, edited by CreeperMC

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    General CommentIs there a better anti war song out there??? - I think not
    HEWMon May 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdamn right there aint.this song expresses it all. and its especially written about veitnam, brother. i fucking love this tune.
    njrockstarbanditon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, and if anyone hasnt figured out what it is about. Then well yeah, you must be a fuckin idiot.

    Great song though, the studio version is a litle cheesey, but the one live from woodstock is awesome. Hearing like hunrdeds of thousands of people sing along with him.
    Muzzyon March 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyes. i love the woodstock version. the studio version does not do justice to the protest of this entire song. my favorite part is in the middle of the song when the crowd stops singing along and the singer goes: "listen people i don't know how you expect to everstop the war if you can't sing any better than that. they'res about 300,000 of you fuckers out there, now start singing!"
    weezerific:cutleryon April 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is still the best anti-war song & the best live-performance song from one of the best 60's tour bands ever (tied with the Who). Believe me, I'm 57 and I was there. I taught this to my teen-age kids (substituting "Afganistan" for "Vietnam") in late 2001 during THAT invasion. When I'm not listening to Green Day or Chili Peppers, I slip this one on the turntable for a blast from the past that still thrills. Get the live version.
    tovangaron January 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone know where I can find a copy of CJ Fish at Woodstock?
    mrjoneson February 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a very powerful, wonderfully sarcastically-funny song.
    whateverlolawantson April 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI would enjoy this song more if Country Joe wasnt a hippie. I dont like them. Ive heard alot of anti war songs, but I still think this one's the funniest. Although, I dont think anti war songs are meant to be funny. So I suppose this is the only funny anti war song. I agree that the Vietnam war was a conflict that shouldnt have happened. However, some wars are necassary, saying all wars are pointless is stupid. Im not saying that CJ said that, but Im just saying.
    JonyPill42069on May 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure Country Joe wasn't trying to make the war seem funny, JonyPill, but was instead trying to shed light on how ridiculous the entire war was. But I definitely see where your coming from.But the idea that every time a government get's into a political jam they feel the need to attempt to solve the problem by killing their own citizens is insane (and it also apparently doesn't work via Vietnam, Iraq).
    I absolutely love this song: truthfully I love any song that spells our Fuck.
    dnay809on April 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe studio version doesn't actually spell out F-U-C-K, at the beginning, rather F-I-S-H, the name of Joe's band.

    The F-U-C-K part is from Woodstock.
    J_a_c_kon March 08, 2010   Link

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