Country Joe's Place

Time Flies By
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Samples

Listen: "Katrina"
"Feels Like Heaven"

Notes by Country Joe

The Songs

Disc 1
1. Write a Song
2. Sad and Lonely Times
3. Rainbow Stew
4. The Clone Song
5. Gunshot Wound
6. Section 43
7. All My Love in Vain
8. Rock Coast Blues
9. Katrina
10. I'm on the Road Again
11. Feels Like Heaven
12. Who Am I
13. Colorado Town
14. Dark Clouds
15. Plastic Bag
Disc 2
1. Peace on Earth
2. Yankee Doodle
3. Four More Years of Good Times
4. Rock and Roll Again
5. Trombone Blues
6. Eleventh Step
7. Plastic Dome
8. Feels Like Heaven II
9. Lady with the Lamp
10. Support the Troops
11. [Gunshots]
12. [Garbage Truck]
13. Write a Song II

Technical Credits

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  Time Flies By cover



Joe in uniform

   

Notes by Country Joe

One day, about a year ago, I thought to myself ďI want to make a jug band album.Ē One of my favorite groups is the Christmas Jug Band. I knew that Tim Eschliman was my contact for the couple of times I played with them and I figured he was their producer guy. So I called him up and asked him if he would like to co-produce a Country Joe jug band album. I also knew that the jug bandís drummer percussion guy was Country Joe and the Fishís Woodstock Festival drummer Greg Dewey. And I thought that Tim and Greg would be a great rhythm section. And that is how it started.

We worked out of his home in Petaluma with Pro Tools and his computer. He drew upon his pool of Christmas Jug Band musicians. I flew in Greg from Yellow Springs. We drew upon a list of about thirty songs. Greg played everything including the kitchen sink and Tim played washtub and stand up bass. I decided to use songs I had recorded with Stephen Hart at Fantasy Studios about five years before for a singer/songwriter songbook album that never got released. I drew upon my own circle of musicians that I thought would work well with certain tunes: The Persuasions; Lorin and Chris Rowan; Harper Simon and Suzy Thompson.

There were a large selection of tunes going back forty-five years and in all the styles I like to do including: instrumentals; ballads; protest; waltz; and a little bit of rock and roll. And in the end one selection of tunes seemed to make everyone happy except me. So I included a second disc of tunes that made me happy. I also wanted to make an album in the old school sense. That meant that it would be a package. It would have a beginning and middle and end and art work that fit a theme.

At the start I wanted to call it Time Flies By and include a song of mine by the same title. I could not get a recording of the song that made me happy but I liked the concept -- thinking this could be my last well-thought out album and reflecting upon the passage of time represented in the selection of the songs. And so the album developed and here it is. I have always made music for myself first and the audience as an afterthought. But entertainment is my business. So I hope you find this album entertaining and enjoyable I know I had fun putting it together and enjoy it myself.


From a review Jeff Tamarkin in Relix:

Time Flies By is the most significant new release from stalwart Bay Area singer/songwriter Country Joe McDonald in a good many years, even if it doesnít offer anything different enough to alter the established assumption of who he is. A newly recorded double-CD set, it gathers songs from throughout his career, some going back to the days of his old band Country Joe and the Fish ( ďSection 43,Ē ďWho Am IĒ ), and some written as recently as last year. Musically, itís a mixed bag that touches on all of McDonaldís favored genres, from jug band tunes to straight-ahead rockers and stripped-down folk. For the occasion, McDonald called in some old friends, among them drummer Greg Dewey, who played in the Woodstock-era Fish, and a handful of guests (the Rowan Brothers, The Persuasions). Sans frills and fuss, they have put together a simple, effective home recording that shows McDonald is still an affecting deliverer of songs.


Disc 1

1. Write A Song (2011) 0:26 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal

I think that I shall write a song
With simple melody and simple rhyme
A song designed to please us all
A song to ease our troubling minds
That we can sing together
That we can sing together

2. Sad And Lonely Times (1967) 2:22 (Joe McDonald) Joyful Wisdom Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar; Harper Simon: harmony vocal, guitar

My love stands beside me
Through the rain, through the wind and the snow.
Through the bad and the good you know it's
Always understood that she's my love,
This I know, this I know.

So long sad and lonesome times,
So long lonely days.
So long sad and lonesome times,
Got my love here to show me the way.

My love stands beside me
/ I can't seem to find the words

Through the rain, through the wind and the snow.
/ To tell you how I care.
Through the bad and the good you know it's
/ But I want you and I
Always understood that she's my love,
/ Trust you and I love you, this I know
This I know.

And I want you and it's
/ And I want you and I
Always understood that she's my love,
/ Trust you and I love you, this I know,
This I know, this I know.

3. Rainbow Stew (1981) 3:11 (Merle Haggard) Sony/ATV Tree Publishing o/b/o Shade Tree Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar; Russ Gauthier: banjo; Suzy Thompson: single row diatonic accordion, fiddle; Gregory Dewey: washboard, suitcase bass drum; Tim Eschliman: washtub bass; Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs: clarinet; Chris & Lorin Rowan: background vocals

There's a big, brown cloud in the city,
And the countryside's a sin.
An' the price of life is too high to give up,
Gotta come down again.
When the world wide war is over and done,
And the dream of peace comes true.
We'll all be drinkin' free bubble-up,
Eatin' that rainbow stew.
When they find out how to burn water,
And the gasoline car is gone.
When an airplane flies without any fuel,
And the sunlight heats our home.
One of these days when the air clears up,
And the sun comes shinin' through.
We'll all be drinkin' free bubble-up,
An' eatin' that rainbow stew.

Eatin' rainbow stew in a silver spoon,
Underneath that sky of blue.
All be drinkin' free bubble-up,
An' eatin' that rainbow stew.
You don't have to get high to get happy,
Just think about what's in store.
When people start doin' what they oughta be doin',
Then they won't be booin' no more.
When a President goes through the White House door,
An' does what he says he'll do.
We'll all be drinkin' free bubble-up,
Eatin' that rainbow stew.

Eatin' rainbow stew in a silver spoon,
Underneath that sky of blue.
We'll all be drinkin' that free bubble-up,
Eatin' some rainbow stew.

Eatin' rainbow stew in a silver spoon,
Underneath that sky of blue.
All be drinkin' that free bubble-up,
Eatin' rainbow stew.

4. The Clone Song (1997) 1:54 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar, wooden spoons; Scott Lawrence: piano; Gregory Dewey: cardboard boxes; Tim Eschliman: foot board; Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs: tenor sax

You might be a clone of yourself
Look at your teeth look at your mouth
Does anything really look new
Or is it all just déjà vu?
You might be a clone of yourself
Another little you made from some of your cells
Ask your family or a friend or two
If they think you're really you

If itís true thereís no need to fret
No need to go on a paranoid trip
If itís true you can always predict
What your clone normally might do
And if you are a clone of yourself

And if you really are somebody else
And if you really are somebody else
Then who in the hell are you?

Easy to feel no big deal
As long as you know which one of you is real
But what if for a moment you lose control
And the clone of you starts playing your role
You might get mad at a clone of yourself
Or yourself might get mad at you who could tell?
At least other people would leave you alone
Theyíd say ďDonít get involved I think that they're clonesĒ

5. Gunshot Wound (2000) 0:40 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar; The Persuasions: background vocals; Chris & Lorin Rowan: background vocals

Gunshot wound gunshot wound
Mama got daddy got baby got too
Everybody got a gunshot wound

Gunshot wound gunshot wound
Sister got brother got baby got too
Everybody got a gunshot wound
Everybody got a gunshot wound

6. Section 43 (1966) 4:26 (Joe McDonald) Joyful Wisdom Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: guitar, harmonica

7. All My Love In Vain (2000) 2:48 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar

All my love in vain
Canít help myself I call your name
All my love in vain
Canít help myself I call your name

You do the things you do
It breaks my heart in two
But you know itís true
I canít stop loving you

All my love in vain
Canít help myself I call your name

You're my dream come true
Canít take my eyes off you
Iím watchiní your every move
You mean the world to me
You're like a symphony
In perfect harmony

Yes itís true
I love you and everything that you do

All my love in vain
Canít help myself I call your name

8. Rock Coast Blues (1967) 3:10 (Joe McDonald) Joyful Wisdom Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar; Russ Gathier: mandolin; Gregory Dewey: washboard, suitcase bass drum; Tim Eschliman: string bass; Scott Lawrence: piano

Movin' down that rock coast line
Oh, nothin' but my woman on my mind
Hear those waves poundin' on sand
Smell that sea air blowin' inland
I wonder if she's found another man, oh!

Black stone roadway by the sea
Oh, I wonder if she's a-missing me
Four-wheeled clock keeps tickin' off time
Measured minutes by a broken white line,
Wonder if I'm really on her mind, oh.

And now in my thoughts I feel her eyes,
Feel her smilin' by my side,
Then I turn around and see
There's nobody sittin' here but me, yeah!

Rubber tired, oh, lonesome song
Tells me that I've done something wrong
Days before and then we parted,
I wonder why I even started
Thinkin' I've been gone far too long.

Moving past those rocks and waves
I wonder how she spends her days,
Watch the sun as we go by
Throwin' colors off the water sky,
Thinkin' about the rainbows in my baby's eyes.

Movin' past those pine-cone trees,
Sorry that I had to leave
High above on a twisted road
Ocean movin' down below
I wonder just how far I have to go.

Now in my thoughts I feel her eyes,
Feel her smilin' by my side,
Oh, then I turn around and see
There's nobody sittin' here but me, yeah!

Rubber tired, oh, lonesome song
Tells me that I've done something wrong
Days before and then we parted,
I wonder why I even started
Thinkin' I've been gone far too long.

9. Katrina (2005) 3:55 (Joe McDonald-Barry Marris) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar; Austin deLone: accordion; Suzy Thompson: fiddle; Gregory Dewey: drums; Tim Eschliman: string bass; The Persuasions: background vocals; Chris & Lorin Rowan: background vocals

The great storm came in and it blew down our city
Flood waters rose and swallowed our homes
We huddled together no food and no water
They said help was coming but they left us alone

Chorus: And we waited and waited and waited and waited
And waited and waited and waited in vain
We waited and waited and waited and waited
And waited and waited but help came too late

They told us to leave our homes and our city
To take just enough to survive on our own
But how could we leave with no cars and no busses
With babies too young and parents too old

Chorus

Some died in wheel chairs and some died on roof tops
Some died in the wind storm and some died in the rain
Some died in rest homes and some died in shelters
Some died with loved ones but they died just the same

Chorus

The great storm came in and it blew down our city
Flood waters rose and swallowed our homes
We huddled together no food and no water
They said help was coming but they left us alone

Chorus

10. I'm On The Road Again (1972) 2:44 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar, harmonica; Austin deLone: piano; Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs: tenor sax; Gregory Dewey: drums; Tim Eschliman: string bass; Chris & Lorin Rowan: background vocals

I like coffee and I like tea, huh uh,
Like the sweetness that you give to me.
Hey mama put your mind at rest
Home-cooking still tastes the best.

I'm on the road again
I'm on the road again
I'm on the road again
I'm on the road again
Oh yeah.

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust,
Stormy weather caused your pump to rust.
Excuse me sisters if I sleep alone,
I'll make my pay and bring it all back home.

I'm on the road again
I'm on the road again
I'm on the road again
I'm on the road again
Oh yeah, come on!

I like coffee and I like tea
I like the sweetness that you give to me
Hey mama put your mind at rest
Home-cooking still tastes the best.

I'm on the road again
I'm on the road again
I'm on the road again
I'm on the road again.

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust,
Stormy weather caused your pump to rust.
Excuse me sisters if I sleep alone,
I'll make my pay and bring it all back home.

I'm on the road again
I'm on the road again
I'm on the road again
I'm on the road again.

If you're broke and you need some cash
Rip it all from the ruling class,
The best things in life are free
If you steal 'em from the bourgeoisie.

I'm on the road again
I'm on the road again, oh yeah
I'm on the road again, whew!
Guess I'm on the road again, oh yeah.

11. Feels Like Heaven (2012) 2:34 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar; Austin deLone: Nord keyboard; Russ Gauthier: fiddle; Gregory Dewey: drums; Tim Eschliman: string bass

Feels like heaven having you here with me
Feels like heaven Iím happy as I can be
God made my dream come true
The day that he sent me you
Feels like heaven having you here with me
Feels like heaven having you here with me
Feels like heaven Iím happy as I can be
There must be angels up above
To send me you to love
Feels like heaven having you here with me

12. Who Am I (1965) 3:49 (Joe McDonald) Joyful Wisdom Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar

Who am I
To stand and wonder, to wait
While the wheels of fate
Slowly grind my life away.
Who am I ?

There were some things that I loved one time,
But the dreams are gone I thought were mine,
And the hidden tears that once could fall
Now burn inside at the thought of all
The years of waste, the years of crime
Passions of a heart so blind;
To think that, but even still
As I stand exposed, the feelings are felt
And I cry into the echo of my loneliness.

Who am I
To stand and wonder, to wait
While the wheels of fate
Slowly grind my life away.
Who am I ?

What a nothing I've made of life
The empty words, the coward's plight
To be pushed and passed from hand to hand
Never daring to speak, never daring to stand
And the emptiness of my family's eyes

Reminds me over and over of lies
And promises and deeds undone
And now again I want to run
But now there is nowhere to run to.

Who am I
To stand and wonder, to wait
While the wheels of fate
Slowly grind my life away.
Who am I ?

And now my friend we meet again
We shall see which one will bend
Under the strain of death's golden eyes
Which one of us shall win the prize
To live and which one will die
'Tis I, my friend, yes 'tis I
Shall kill to live again and again
To clutch the throat of sweet revenge
For life is here only for the taking.

Who am I
To stand and wonder, to wait
While the wheels of fate
Slowly grind my life away.
Who am I ? Who am I ?

13. ColoradoTown (1973) 3:02 (Joe McDonald-Barry Melton) Alkatraz Korner Music / Seafood Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar, harmonica; Anthony Paule: slide guitar; Gregory Dewey: drums; Tim Eschliman: washtub bass; Scott Lawrence: piano

On a back street corner in a Colorado town
Two oíclock in the morning and my car broke down
Two lids in my pocket my suitcase in my hand
Walking down the street when I ran into the man

Oh no, this canít be true
Oh no, this canít be true
Iím just trying to make it home
With an ounce or two

They cruise along side like itís some kind of joke
I reach into my pocket Iím looking for my dope
They take the spot light and shine it in my eyes
I start to pray for them to pass me by

They stop the squad car and open up the door
I hear a voice say ďIs it a boy or a girl?Ē
Iím starting to sweat itís getting pretty hot
They are talking about communism, free sex and pot

Oh no, this canít be true
Oh no, this canít be true
Iím just trying to make it home
With an ounce or two

Where are you going, what are you doing?
Have you got some identification?
Shut your mouth, get into the car
Weíre taking you down to the station.

Just when they decide to shake me down
The radio in the car starts jumping up and down
It squacks out something in secret code
They pile back in and drive off down the road

I donít waste no time I flag me a ride
Sit down in the front seat start rolling up the dope
Sit back relax and enjoy my smoke
The hippy thatís driving turns to me and says
ďFBI son you're under arrestĒ

Oh no, this canít be true
Oh no, this canít be true
Iím just trying to make it home
With an ounce or two

14. Dark Clouds (1964) 4:33 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar; Scott Lawrence: piano; Gregory Dewey: drums; Tim Eschliman: string bass; Bernie Krause: wind track

Dark clouds rolling rolling across the sky
Dark clouds rolling rolling across the sky
Something deep inside me
Wants to lay right down and die
Dark clouds rolling rolling across the sky

Rain rain rain falling down
Rain rain rain falling down
Looking for a friend but
Thereís none to be found just this
Rain rain rain falling down

The dark of night canít cover up my day
The dark of night canít cover up my day
Want to spend my whole life sleeping
Dream my troubles away but
The dark of night canít cover up my day

I need something to ease my troubling mind
I need something to ease my troubling mind
Want to drown all my sorrows

15. Plastic Bag (2000) 1:37 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar; Scott Lawrence: piano; Gregory Dewey: washboard, suitcase bass drum, cast iron gongs

Plastic bag plastic bag
Put it all in a plastic bag
No messy yuck no icky goo
You can put me in one when Iím through

Make a big mess in the house
Sweep it up and throw it out
Flush it down the sewer drain
Throw it into the garbage can

Mow the lawn rake the leaves
Sweep the drive way pull some weeds
Push em and and stuff em down
Into a truck and out of town

Handy wipes and cotton swabs
Just the thing for messy jobs
Underwear and running shoes
Dirty diapers tooth paste tubes

Total time 42:45


Disc 2

1. Peace On Earth (1984) 3:06 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar, wine glass chimes; Russ Gauthier: bass mandolin, fiddle, finger cymbals; Scott Lawrence: piano; Gregory Dewey: drums; Tim Eschliman: string bass, tambourine; Suzy Thompson: fiddle, background vocals; Jerry Cortez: nylon string guitar; Ken ďSnakebiteĒ Jacobs: clarinet; the Persuasions: background vocals; Chris & Lorin Rowan: background vocals

Tell the leaders of every land
Over and over so that they understand
Military madness has gone too far
In our world today there is no room for war

Chorus:
And we want
Peace on earth, peace on earth
Peace on earth in our time

Tell the people of all lands
Let's get together, the future is in our hands
United nations have to agree
To say no to war, and say yes to peace

Chorus:
And we want
Peace on earth, peace on earth
Peace on earth in our time

2. Yankee Doodle (1981) 2:50 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, fife, shouts; Gregory Dewey: marching snare, shouts; Tim Eschliman: marching bass drum, shouts

The power companies think theyíve got
The energy solution
They take all our money and
They give us the pollution

Yankee Doodle is no fool
We know what he truth is
We donít have to go to school
To figure out the bullshit

The nrc would like to try
To fool us into thinking
We donít have to worry about
A China syndrome happening

Yankee Doodle wants to say
Hey thatís all well and dandy
If they think that itís so safe then
Let them keep it handy

The White House now
Has got a nut
Trying to lead the nation
From out an economic slump
And into radiation

Yankee Doodle wonít mutate
To keep a fruit cake happy
Citizen wonít hesitate
To stop this nuclear madness

Some citizens would like to try
And examine all the issues
While they sit around and talk
Radiation fries our tissues

Yankee Doodle is no fool
We know what he truth is
We donít have to go to school
To figure out the bullshit

3. Four MoreYears Of Good Times (1977) 1:25 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar; Scott Lawrence: piano; Gregory Dewey: washboard, jug; Tim Eschliman: washtub bass; Chris & Lorin Rowan: background vocals, angry mob

The president is in the White House
Eating fancy cuisine
The wife and I are in the shit house
Living on rice and beans

His friends are living in a penthouse
Eating T-bone steaks
My friends are all drop outs
Living in a welfare state

He loves his job in Washington
And wants another chance
I lost my job the other day
And I donít think he really gives a damn

American prosperity has got me unemployed
We do all our shopping now
Down at the Goodwill store
And I donít like to criticize
But I donít like being poor

And four more years of good times
Is more than I can afford
Yes four more years of good times
Is more than I can afford

4. Rock And Roll Again (1978) 3:03 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar; Tim Eschliman: string bass; Gregory Dewey: drums; Anthony Paule: electric guitar; Scott Lawrence: piano; Chris & Lorin Rowan: background vocals

Some people donít like me they say Iím no good
They say I just canít get in the groove
I write the music and call it my own
And if they donít like me they can leave me alone

Other people say I am rude
They say the words to my songs are crude
It ainít nothing but rock and roll
But it comes from my heart and it comes from my soul

Letís rock and roll again
Letís rock and roll again
Letís rock and roll again
Letís rock and roll again
It can open your mind it can make you whole
Touch your heart and stroke your soul
Rock and roll again

Everywhere I go I hear people say
Letís get it all together some day
You know it feels so dog gone long
Since we really really really got it on

Nowís the time
It feels so fine
I just adore
Rock and roll music give me more more more

Circle round the whole big world
Touch every man woman boy and girl
Come on people dance and rejoice
To rock and roll music from the planet earth

5. Trombone Blues (1980) 3:38 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, trombone; Gregory Dewey: drums, bar crowd; Scott Lawrence: piano, bar crowd; Tim Eschliman: string bass, bar crowd; thanks to Michael Wadman for the trombone.

Everybody knows that the blues is a mean old thing
Everybody knows that the blues is a mean old thing
Can cause a dog to howl yes can cause a man to sing

Every time I feel the blues inside
Every time I feel the blues inside
I purse up my lips I let my trombone slide

I slide down I slide up
I fill my loving cup
I slide up I slide down
I chase the blues right out of town
I go in the closet and break out my old trombone

6. Eleventh Step (2005) 5:29 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music BMI

Joe McDonald: guitar

7. Plastic Dome (1972) 3:23 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar; Tim Eschliman: string bass; Anthony Paule: electric guitar; Chris & Lorin Rowan: background vocals

They've covered the city with a plastic dome
So the air inside could be clean,
And it's really fine in our new home
We have everything we need.

There are no planes, no buses or trains
And if you wanna go somewhere,
Just think about where you'd like to be at
And before you know it you're there.

Living in the future in a plastic dome
Sounds mighty strange I agree,
But now I call it home sweet home
That's where I long to be, yeah,

Living in the future in a plastic dome
Sounds mighty strange I agree,
But now I call it home sweet home
That's where I long to be.

Now if you're hungry for food or drink
Just go to the teller machine;
You place your order and you just have to think
And look at the video screen.

But if you're lonesome and you think you would
Like to have a friendly chat,
Just talk to the teller machine
And the teller machine will talk back.

Hey, living in the future in a plastic dome
Sounds mighty strange I agree,
But now I call it home sweet home
That's where I long to be, yeah,

Living in the future in a plastic dome
Sounds mighty strange I agree,
But now I call it home sweet home
That's where I long to be.

8. Feels Like Heaven II (2012) 3:17 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar; Austin de Lone: Nord keyboard; Gregory Dewey: drums; Tim Eschliman: string bass

9. Lady With The Lamp (1991) 3:51 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar; Scott Lawrence: piano; Gregory Dewey: drums; Tim Eschliman: string bass; Ken ďSnakebiteĒ Jacobs: tenor sax; Jerry Cortez: nylon string guitar; Chris & Lorin Rowan: background vocals

I don't mind, please don't misunderstand —
I know the score of war.
A soldiers' life is give and give
And then they ask for more.
Walking on the picket line
Where my comrades fell,
Holding up the thin-red-line
In the shot and shell.

The lady with the lamp,
You know she understands.
The lady with the lamp,
She's the soldiers' friend.

I don't mind the blistering heat,
I think I can endure.
It's freezing cold and I can't feel my feet —
Well, that's the hell of war.
I never thought about the big red wound
When I saw my comrades fall.
Now I'm in this cold and lonely room
Wondering if I'll live at all.

The lady with the lamp,
You know she understands.
The lady with the lamp,
She's the soldiers' friend.

First they use us
And then they throw us away.
Only this nightingale
Knows the price that we pay,
The lady with the tramp.

Excuse me please, a cup of tea,
I've such a terrible thirst.
Would you please come and sit with me,
I feel it's come to the worst.
Write my mother that I love her so,
I can't seem to hold the pen.
Take this keep-sake and send it home,
To those I'll never see again.

The lady with the lamp,
You know she understands.
The lady with the lamp,
She's the soldiers' friend.

She will hold his hand,
Stay with him to the end.
You know she understands,
She's the soldier's friend.

10. Support The Troops (2005) 5:26 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal, guitar; Tim Eschliman: string bass; Harper Simon: guitar, background vocals

Beat the drum, wave the flag,
For those who wonít be coming back.
Numbers rising, build another Wall
For those who answered the Countryís call.

Support the troops
Support the troops

Gold Star Mothers, Gold Star Dads
Left with nothing but a folded flag.
Gold Star Brothers, Sisters too
Feel their pain, it could be you!

Support the troops
Support the troops

Chorus:
Chicken hawk, draft dodging, son Of A Bush
Look at all the damage you did!
American war in the Holy Land
Blood for oil, not in my name!
Oh, not in my name
Oh, not in my name
Oh, not in my name

Some day soon, donít know when
Weíll see the wounded women and men
Lining the walls of American streets
Hands out begging for something to eat.

Support the troops
Support the troops

Forgotten heroes from a forgotten war
Wondering "What were we fighting for?"
World War III around the bend
Thatís what we get with the George Bush Plan.

Support the troops
Support the troops

Chorus:
Chicken hawk, draft dodging, son Of A Bush
Look at all the damage you did!
American war in the Holy Land
Blood for oil, not in my name!
Oh, not in my name
Oh, not in my name
Oh, not in my name
Not in my name
American shame
Not in my name
American shame.

11. [Gunshots] 0:09

12. [Garbage Truck] 0:23

13. Write A Song II (2011) 0:26 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Joe McDonald: vocal

Total time 35:46


Technical Credits

Starring Country Joe McDonald with Harper Simon; Russ Gauthier; Suzy Thompson; Gregory Dewey; Tim Eschliman; Ken ďSnakebiteĒ Jacobs; Chris & Lorin Rowan; Scott Lawrence; the Persuasions (arranged by Dave Revels) ; Austin deLone; Anthony Paule; Bernie Krause; Jerry Cortez; T-K.A.S.H.; Jim Lebrecht;

Engineered by Stephen Hart and Tim Eschliman; co-produced by Tim Eschliman and Joe McDonald; mixed by Stephen Hart and Tim Eschliman; re-mixed by Tim Eschliman at Global Mobile; mastered by Joe Tarintino at Fantasy Studios. Art work by Tom Weller.

Joe uses Martin Strings and plays Gibson Guitar and uses Hohner Harmonicas.

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Petaluma CA 94975 USA
877-456-2301

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