Ten Years After Woodstock

Ten Years After Woodstock

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Ten Years After started around 8.15 pm; played for a little over an hour. While the huge crowd had dwindled quite a bit, those who remained enthusiastically responded to the great performance.

Set list:

  • Spoonful
  • Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  • Hobbit
  • I Can’t Keep from Crying Sometimes
  • Help Me
  • I’m Going Home
Ten Years After Woodstock

Spoonful

A little blues to warm us up” and the band begins their cover of Willie Dixon‘s Spoonful (made famous by Howlin’ Wolf), though many in the crowd would have been more familiar with Cream’s cover.

Ten Year After’s cover had appeared on the band’s first album, Ten Years After, that the Deram label had released in September 1967.

They’d also play the song at the Texas Pop Festival 2 weeks later.

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Good Morning Little Schoolgirl

Lee explains, “This has been banned all over the country for one word–ball–it’s called Good Morning Little Schoolgirl.”  Sonny Boy Williamson wrote it in 1937.  The song was on the band’s Ssssh album, their third, that had just been released.

This video is from the Groupies 1969 film

Good morning little schoolgirl
Can I go home, home with you?
Good morning little schoolgirl
Can I go home, home with you?
Tell your mama and your papa
Big be schoolboy, too
I won’t bore you, yeah
Baby, I won’t bore you all night long
Yes, I do
Baby, I want to ball you
I want to ball you all night long
Tell your mama and your papa
Baby, baby, doing nothing wrong, child
I’m doing nothing wrong, yeah
I won’t bore you, yea, yea, huh
Baby, I want to ball you all night long
Yes, I do, child
I won’t bore you, darling, yea
I won’t bore you all night long
Tell your mama and your papa
Baby, baby, we’re gonna do nothing wrong
Wrong , wrong, wrong
Baby, I want to ball you every night
Oh, yeah, come on now
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Hobbit

An instrumental written by drummer Ric Lee. Not surprisingly, it mainly features Lee. A live version of the song  recorded in January 1973 was included on the band’s third live album, Recorded Live.

This video is. from August 4, 1975 at Winterland:

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I Can’t Keep from Crying Sometimes

Al Kooper‘s song that the band had also included on its debut album.  As with many songs, Lee doesn’t necessarily follow the “official” lyrics.

Also from Winterland (must have been a hell of a concert)…

I can’t keep from crying sometimes
I can’t keep from crying sometimes
Oh momma she’s dead and gone
And I know I’m all alone
I can’t keep from crying sometimes
Early in the morning
About the break of day
I fall down on my knees child
I fall down and I pray
I think about my woman
My woman who’s long gone
I can’t keep from crying sometimes
I can’t keep from crying sometimes
Oh momma she’s dead and gone
And I know I’m all alone
I can’t keep from crying sometimes
Later in the evening
I watch the sun go down
I think about my woman
But my woman Lord she ain’t around
My heart is filled with sadness
And my eyes are filled with tears
I can’t keep from crying sometimes
I can’t keep from crying sometimes
Oh momma she’s dead and gone
And I know I’m all alone
I can’t keep from crying sometimes
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Help Me

The third song from their debut album and another blues cover. Ralph Bass, Willie Dixon, Sonny Boy Williamson wrote the song.  In 1987, “Help Me” was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in the “Classic of Blues Recordings” category.

This video is from the Marquee in London, 1983…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A19OMJ1Q9iU

As deservedly well-known as “Goin’ Home” is, Lee’s performance on this song may outdo it.

You got to help me, now; I can’t do it all by myself
You got to help me, now; I can’t do it all by myself
You know if you don’t help me, darling, I’ll have to find myself somebody else
I my have to wash, I may have to sew, I may have to cook
I might mop the floor; but you help me baby
If you don’t help me, darling, I’ll have to find somebody else
When I walk, you walk with me; and when I talk, you talk with me
Oh, baby, I can’t do it all by myself
Bring my nightshirt; put your mornin’ gown
Bring my nightshirt; put your mornin’ gown
You know if you don’t help me, darling, I’ll have to find myself somebody else
You’re talking about your woman, I wish to God man that you could see mine
You’re talking about your woman, I wish to God man that you could see mine
Every time the little girl starts to loving she bring eyesight to the blind
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I’m Going Home

At the end  of Help Me, MC Chip Monck asks the crowd to allow the show to continue given how late things are running. But the crowd is loud and insistent.

Albert “tunes the ol’ axe up…,”  thanks the crowd, and says that the song is “I’m Goin’ Home…by helicopter.” Lee wrote the song and it was on their second album, Undead,  which the Deram label had released just a year before. While Woodstock fans sometimes feel this is their song, it was a staple of Lee’s performances.

Goin’ home, my baby
Goin’ home, my baby
Goin’ home, to see my baby
Our baby, how good
My baby, be good
I’m goin’ home, my baby
Home to see my girl
Oh baby, baby, I’m coming home
Baby, baby I’m coming home
Tell me Mama, baby, I’m coming home
Gonna see my baby, see my baby fine
Gonna take my baby, want to take my baby mine
Gonna take my woman treats me real kind
I’m goin’ home, my baby
I’m goin’ home, to see my baby
Goin’ home, my baby
Gonna see my baby, see my baby fine
Take my baby, take my baby mine
Gonna tell your mama how good that love of ours
I’m goin’ home, to see my baby
I’m goin’ home, to see my baby
Oh, baby ooh
Want to take you back, take where love belong
Treat me baby, treat, don’t treat me wrong
Oh, baby, I’m rollin’
Baby, baby, I’m rollin’
Baby, baby, I’m rollin’
Won’t you shake me, baby, well get you rollin’ down
Won’t you shake me, baby, well get you rollin’ down
Oh, baby, we’re gonna have some fun
Baby, please don’t go, baby, please don’t go
Baby, please don’t go, baby, please don’t go
Please don’t go, she’s cold, I need you
Comin’ home, ooh, hey
Come on over baby, whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on
I’m goin’ home, to see my baby
Home, to see my girl, ooh
I’m goin’ home, take my baby
I’m goin’ home, see my baby
Gonna take me back, I’ll take her where I belong
I’m goin’ home, to see my baby
I’m goin’ home, to see my baby
Come on, Take me, Yeah
I’m goin’ home, I’m goin’ home
I’m goin’ home, hey, hoo
Gonna take me back right where I belong
I’m goin’ home, I’m goin’ home
I’m goin’ home, I’m goin’ home
Hoo, hoo, right where I belong
And apparently, a watermelon was included in the band’s compensation.
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The next act was The Band.

Summer 2021 COVID 19

Summer 2021 COVID 19

Image via https://magazine.ucsf.edu/covid-19-predictions-2021-and-beyond

It depended where Americans lived that began to determine the incidence of COVID cases and deaths: declining in some places allowed many to have the sense that their lives could be lived normally again, but increasing elsewhere.

Outside the US, it was the same story, only where it was worse it was much worse.

3,898,466 COVID Deaths Worldwide

June 22: 179,920,639 cases; 3,898,466 deaths worldwide

617,968 COVID Deaths USA

June 22: 34,436,062 cases; 617,968 deaths in the US

% Vaccinated in the USA

June 22: 53.6% at least once; 45.4% both

Brazil Surpasses Half-Million Deaths

On June 24, 2021, the New York Times reported that Brazil recently surpassed 500,000 official Covid-19 deaths, the world’s second-highest total behind the United States. About 1 in every 400 Brazilians had died from the virus, but many experts believed the true death toll might be higher.

Home to just over 2.7 percent of the world’s population, Brazil accounted for nearly 13 percent of recorded fatalities, and the situation there was not easing.

Summer 2021 COVID 19

July 5, 2021: after months of progress in the fight against Covid-19, cases are rising again as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads across the US.

States with below-average vaccination rates have almost triple the rate of new Covid-19 cases compared to states with above-average vaccination rates, according to new data from Johns Hopkins University.
States with lower rates of vaccination had reported an average of 6 new cases per 100,000 residents every day over the past week, according to Johns Hopkins.
States with higher vaccination rates reported an average of 2.2 new cases per 100,000 residents each day over the past week. [CNN article]

4,000,563 COVID Deaths Worldwide

July 5: 184,918,656 cases; 4,000,563 deaths worldwide

621,335 COVID Deaths USA

July 5: 34,598,361 cases; 621,335 deaths in the US

% Vaccinated in the USA

July 5: 54.9% at least once; 47.4% both

Summer 2021 COVID 19

4 million plus

July 8, 2021: the world’s known coronavirus death toll passed four million on Thursday, a loss roughly equivalent to the population of Los Angeles, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

It took nine months for the virus to claim one million lives, and the pace has quickened since then. The second million were lost in three and a half monthsthe third in three months, and the fourth in about two and a half months. The number of daily reported deaths has declined recently.

Those are officially reported figures, which are widely believed to undercount pandemic-related deaths.

“The numbers may not tell the complete story, and yet they’re still really staggering numbers globally,” said Jennifer B. Nuzzo, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. [NYT article]

US Discouraging Trend

July 14, 2021: reports of new coronavirus cases were rising again across the United States, a discouraging trend fueled by the spread of the Delta variant and the sputtering vaccination campaign.

The country’s outlook remained far better than at previous points in the pandemic: Nearly half of all Americans were fully vaccinated, cases and hospitalizations remained at a fraction of their peak and deaths were occurring at some of the lowest levels since the early days of the pandemic.

Yet infections were rising in almost every state. Daily case numbers had increased at least 15 percent over the last two weeks in 49 states, including 19 states that are reporting at least twice as many new cases a day. Full-fledged outbreaks have emerged in a handful of places with relatively low vaccination rates, including Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana and Nevada.[NYT article]

4,077,275 COVID Deaths Worldwide

July 14: 189,339,902 cases; 4,077,275 deaths worldwide

623,838 COVID Deaths USA

July 14: 34,848,068 cases; 623,838 deaths in the US

% Vaccinated in the USA

July 14: 55.6% at least once; 48.1% fully

Summer 2021 COVID 19

Pandemic of the Unvaccinated

July 16, 2021: as the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus fueled outbreaks in the United States, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned  that “this is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths remained far below the winter of 2020’s peak and vaccines were effective against Delta, but the agency’s director, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, urged people to get fully vaccinated, pleading for people to do it for their family and community.

The number of new virus cases was likely to increase in the coming weeks, and those cases were likely to be concentrated in areas with low vaccine coverage, officials said at a White House briefing on the pandemic.

Dr. Walensky added that “we are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage, because unvaccinated people are at risk, and communities that are fully vaccinated are generally faring well.” [NYT article]

African countries left with scarce vaccine supplies

July 15, 2021: the African continent was in its deadliest stage of the pandemic so far, and there was little relief in sight.

The more contagious Delta variant was sweeping across the continent. Namibia and Tunisia reported more deaths per capita than any other country. Hospitals across the continent were filling up, oxygen supplies and medical workers were stretched thin, and recorded deaths jumped 40 percent last week alone.

But only about 1 percent of Africans had been fully vaccinated. And even the African Union’s modest goal of inoculating 20 percent of the population by the end of this year seemed out of reach.

Rich nations had bought up most doses long into the future, often far more than they could conceivably need. Hundreds of millions of shots from a global vaccine-sharing effort had failed to materialize. [NYT article]

Unnecessary Predicament

July 25, 2021: Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the United States was in an “unnecessary predicament” of soaring COVID-19 cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent delta variant.

“We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Fauci, describing himself as “very frustrated.”

He said recommending that the vaccinated wear masks was “under active consideration” by the government’s leading public health officials. Also, booster shots might be suggested for people with suppressed immune systems who have been vaccinated, Fauci said. [AP article]

4,174,999 COVID Deaths Worldwide

July 25: 194,802,376 cases; 4,174,999 deaths worldwide

626,762 COVID Deaths USA

July 14: 35,199,465 cases; 626,762 deaths in the US

% Vaccinated in the USA

July 14: 56.4% at least once; 48.8% fully

Masks Back On

July 27, 2021: revising a decision made just two months ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that people vaccinated against the coronavirus should resume wearing masks in public indoor spaces in parts of the country where the virus is surging.

C.D.C. officials also called for universal masking for teachers, staff, students and visitors in schools, regardless of vaccination status and community transmission of the virus. With additional precautions, schools nonetheless should return to in-person learning in the fall. [NYT article]

Federal Employee Mandate

July 29, 2021: President Biden announced that all civilian federal employees must be vaccinated against the coronavirus or be forced to submit to regular testing, social distancing, mask requirements and restrictions on most travel. [NYT article]

Vaccinated Breakthroughs

July 30, 2021: when revising its mask guidance earlier in the week to urge even vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in much of the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was criticized for not citing data in making that move.

On this date the CDC presented a study detailing a COVID-19 outbreak that started July 3 in Provincetown, Mass., involving 469 cases. It found that three-quarters of cases occurred in fully vaccinated people. Massachusetts had a high rate of vaccination: about 69% among eligible adults in the state at the time of the study.

It also found no significant difference in the viral load present in the breakthrough infections occurring in fully vaccinated people and the other cases, suggesting the viral load of vaccinated and unvaccinated persons infected with the coronavirus is similar. [NPR article]

70% of American adults

The U.S.  finally reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot into 70% of American adults — a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant that was swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules and mandatory vaccinations around the country.

In a major retreat in the Deep South, Louisiana ordered nearly everyone, vaccinated or not, to wear masks again in all indoor public settings, including schools and colleges. And other cities and states likewise moved to reinstate precautions to counter a crisis blamed on the fast-spreading variant and stubborn resistance to getting the vaccine.

“As quickly as we can discharge them they’re coming in and they’re coming in very sick. We started seeing entire families come down,” lamented Dr. Sergio Segarra, chief medical officer of Baptist Hospital Miami. The Florida medical-center chain reported an increase of over 140% in the past two weeks in the number of people now hospitalized with the virus. [AP story]

4,248,364 COVID Deaths Worldwide

August 2: 199,565,656 cases; 4,248,364 deaths worldwide

629,862 COVID Deaths USA

August 2: 35,895,980 cases; 629,862 deaths in the US

% Vaccinated in the USA

August 2: 57.7% at least once; 49.6% fully

200 Million Cases Worldwide

August 4, 2021: according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, the known total of global coronavirus infections surpassed 200 million this date , a daunting figure that also fails to capture how far the virus has embedded itself within humanity.

While always an imperfect measure of a virus that causes no symptoms in large parts of the populations it infects, case counts had provided a useful tool for much of the pandemic — like a flashing red light in the cockpit of a jetliner warning of imminent danger.

A surge in case numbers had in most cases been followed by a crush of people crowding emergency rooms and, several weeks later, a rise in fatalities.

The official tally stands at more than 614,000 deaths in the United States. More than 550,000 in Brazil. More than 425,000 in IndiaMexico has recorded more than 240,000 fatalities, and Peru nearly 200,000. Britain, Colombia, France, Italy, and Russia have all recorded well north of 100,000 deaths. The global toll as of Wednesday was 4.2 million, itself a rough estimate given the discrepancies in the way nations record Covid-19 deaths.

Pandemic of the Unvaccinated

August 9, 2021: the NY Times reported that for the first time since February, the United States averaged more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day, a resurgence that hit especially hard in states where large portions of the population remained unvaccinated.

The pace of new case reports slowed in the spring as vaccination efforts picked up speed. A cautious optimism returned, and the summer was supposed to bring a joyous rebound to normalcy, but the seven-day average of new case reports had doubled in the last two weeks, according to a New York Times database, and deaths had nearly doubled, to an average of 516 a day.

The surge was tied to the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus. Vaccines provide a high degree of protection against the variant, which was first detected in India, but only half of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated.

Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, described the current stage as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” [NYT article]

4,443,984 COVID Deaths Worldwide

August 22: 212,561,545 cases; 4,443,984 deaths worldwide

645,058 COVID Deaths USA

August 22: 38,545,144 cases; 645,058 deaths in the US

% Vaccinated in the USA

August 22: 60.7% at least once; 51.5% fully

Full Pfizer approval

August 23, 2021: the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and older, making it the first to move beyond emergency use status in the United States.

The decision set off a cascade of vaccine requirements by hospitals, colleges, corporations and other organizations. United Airlines had recently announced that it would require its employees to show proof of vaccination within five weeks of regulatory approval.

Oregon had also adopted a similar requirement for all state workers, as had a host of universities in states from Louisiana to Minnesota. The Pentagon had said it would mandate the shots for the country’s 1.3 million active-duty troops once the Pfizer approval came through.

The approval came as the nation’s fight against the pandemic intensified again, with the highly infectious Delta variant dramatically slowing the progress that the country had made over the first half of the year. The Biden administration hoped the development would motivate at least some of the roughly 85 million unvaccinated Americans who are eligible for shots to get them. [NYT article]

4,620,069 COVID Deaths Worldwide

September 9: 224,008,902 cases; 4,620,069 deaths worldwide

674,547 COVID Deaths USA

September 9: 41,561,156 cases; 674,547 deaths in the US

% Vaccinated in the USA

September 9: 62.7% at least once; 53.4% fully

Vaccinations Effective 

September 10, 2021: a day after President Biden issued broad vaccine mandates aimed at propelling American workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, federal health officials released a handful of studies highlighting how effective the shots are at preventing infections, hospitalizations and deaths — even while the highly contagious Delta variant has been dominant.

Three studies that drew data from different U.S. regions evaluated the protective power of the vaccines. One looked at more than 600,000 virus cases in 13 states, representing about one quarter of the U.S. population, between April and July, and concluded that individuals who were not fully vaccinated were far more susceptible to infection and death from the virus.

They were 4.5 times more likely than vaccinated individuals to become infected, 10 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die from the coronavirus, the study found.

Vaccine protection against hospitalization and death remained strong even when the Delta variant was the dominant form of infection. But the vaccines’ effectiveness in preventing infection dropped from 91 percent to 78 percent, the study found. [NYT article]

Country Joe Fish Woodstock

Country Joe Fish Woodstock

After the rain delay, Country Joe and the Fish started around 6.30 pm and  played a little over an hour. It was, of course, the second time that Joe McDonald had performed after his initially low key performance that finished with a rousing and historic “Fish” Cheer > I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag. The Fish will do the same, but with so many wet, tired, muddy, hungry attendees having to leave, the second time was less rousing than the first.

McDonald’s solo performance of Fixin’ will be included in and a highlight of the Woodstock movie released the following year.

Band personnel:

  • Country Joe McDonald: guitar, vocals

  • Barry “the Fish” Melton: guitar

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  • Mark Kapner: keyboards

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  • Doug Metzner: bass

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  • Greg “Duke” Dewey: drums

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Setlist:

  • Rock & Soul Music
  • (Thing Called) Love
  • Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine
  • Sing, Sing, Sing
  • Summer Dresses
  • Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife
  • Silver and Gold
  • Maria
  • The Love Machine
  • Ever Since You Told Me That You Love Me (I’m a Nut)
  • Crystal Blues
  • Rock & Soul Music (Reprise)
  • “Fish” Cheer > I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag

 

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Rock & Soul Music

Together album cover. Album recorded in November 1967 and released on Vanguard Records in August 1968.

From the band’s “Together” album, the song was written by the band as it existed in 1967: Joe McDonald, Barry Melton, David Cohen, Bruce Barthol, and Gary Chicken Hersh.

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. We’re certainly delighted to be here today.  Like to start off our portion of the show by giving you a taste of a little something we call rock and soul music.

Your love is like a rainbow
Your love is like a rainbow now 
Your love is like a rainbow, I said
Falling all around my shoulders…
Marijuana!

(Thing Called) Love

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Written by Joe McDonald and recorded in 1966 for an EP.  In 1980 released on “The First Three EP’s.”

Well, now deep in my heart baby I know that you care,
Deep in my heart, babe, the feelin’ is there,
‘Cause I got somethin’ money can’t buy,
I got somethin’ that you oughta try,
I got love, love, I said love, love,
I got love, baby.
Well, I can tell by your smile what you wanna do,
I can see in your eyes you got the feeling, too.
So come on, baby, it’s time to move,
‘Cause I’ve got somethin’ that’s a stone groove,
I got love, love, oh love, sweet love,
I got love, baby.
Well, now deep in my heart baby I know that you care,
Deep in my heart, baby, the feelin’ is there,
‘Cause I got somethin’ money can’t buy,
I got somethin’ that you oughta try,
I got love, love, I said love,
Sweet love, love, yeah!

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Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine

From “Electric Music For The Mind And Body” written by Joe McDonald. it had been released as a single. It only made it to #98. According to the Vancouver Pop Music site, “ It was a psychedelic song about a reclusive, intense, esoteric woman who is unpredictable and obsessed with death. The song’s abstract lyrical content caught on in Vancouver and the song climbed to #5.”

She hides in an attic concealed on a shelf
Behind volumes of literature based on herself
And runs across the pages like some tiny elf
Knowing that it’s hard to find
Stuff way back in her mind
Winds up spending all of her time
Trying to memorize every line
Sweet Lorraine, ah sweet Lorraine

Sweet lady of death wants me to die
So she can come sit by my bedside and sigh
And wipe away the tears from all my friends eyes
Then softly she will explain
Just exactly who was to blame
For causing me to go insane
And finally blow out my brain
Sweet Lorraine, ah sweet Lorraine

Well you know that it’s a shame and a pity
You were raised up in the city
And you never learned nothing ’bout country ways
Ah ’bout country ways

The joy of life she dresses in black
With celestial secrets engraved in her back
And her face keeps flashing that she’s got the knack
But you know when you look into her eyes
All she’s learned she’s had to memorize
And the only way you’ll ever get her high
Is to let her do her thing and then watch you die
Sweet Lorraine, ah sweet Lorraine

Now she’s the one who gives us all those magical things
And reads us stories out of the I Ching
Then she passes out a whole new basket of rings
That when you put on your hand
Makes you one of the Angel Band
And gives you the power to be a man
But what it does for her you never quite understand
Sweet Lorraine, ah sweet Lorraine

Well you know that it’s a shame and a pity
You were raised up in the city
And you never learned nothing ’bout country ways
Oh ’bout country ways, oh ’bout country ways
Yeah about country ways, oh country ways …

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Sing, Sing, Sing

The band recorded the album in January 1970. Vanguard released the album in May 1970.

Written by Barry Melton, the song appeared on their CJ Fish album.

Open my eyes i’ve been dreaming,
Open my eyes i’ve been dreaming,
After all this time it seems so strange;
I woke up today and changed my way of living.
Sing, sing, sing,
Sing, sing, sing,
Sing me a love song,
Sing me a love song.
Last night while lying in our bed
Was you who turned to me and said:
“Is it really me you love?
Tell me what you’re thinking of!
Are you thinking thoughts of loving me?”
My love for you is something warm,
Like silver drops of laughter
Giving life and taking form
Dreaming dreams of unborn
Children by our side.
Open my mind i’ve been sleeping
Open my mind i’ve been sleeping
After all this time it seems so strange;
I woke up today and changed my way of living.
Sing, sing, sing (sing, sing, sing)
Sing, sing, sing (sing me a love song)
Sing, sing, sing (sing me a love song)

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Summer Dresses

Apparently this was the only time the band played this song and I cannot find who wrote it. One can guess it was McDonald, but…

Girls in their summer dresses you know they’re lookin’ fine

Couples walkin’ hand in hand havin’ a good time.

Everybody’s smilin’ it seems like a dream

Everybody’s groovin’ you know what I mean

Let’s get it together, come on and beat the heat

Summer is the time for dancin’ in the street.

Mama Papa told me sister brother, too

Everybody’s dancin’ they know what to do

Now’s the time for livin’ we won’t hesitate…

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Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife

Country Joe Fish Woodstock

This song appeared on a McDonald 1970 solo album called Tonight I’m Singing Just For You.

The song is unusual in that no band member wrote this song.  Well-known singer songwriter Mac Davis did. Davis would later be a Songwriters Hall of Fame, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, a Texas Country Music Hall of Fame,  and Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee as well as a recipient of the BMI Icon AwardMac Davis did.

Well, she’s a friend, she’s a lover,
She’s a woman, she’s a wife,
She’s the answer to the prayer that every lonely man dreams of.
She’s a temptress, she’s a lady,
She’s the mother of my baby
And I thank God that I’m the lucky man she loves.
Sometimes I lie awake and watch her sleeping
And I just want to bust and love drops fill my eyes
I wonder what she’d think if she woke up and caught me weeping,
‘Cause daddy’s heroes ain’t supposed to cry.
You know the morning always seems to catch us laughing,
We got the baby in the bed between us safe and warm.
And I thank the Lord above for all the good times I’m having
Wrapped up in my woman’s loving arms.
‘Cause she’s a friend, she’s a lover,
She’s a woman, she’s a wife,
She’s the answer to the prayer that every lonely man dreams of.
She’s a temptress, she’s a lady,
She’s the mother of my baby
And I thank God that I’m the lucky man she loves.
When the load gets heavy on my shoulders
I can’t keep the pace and I need a place to hide,
I run home to my own little world and take her in my arms and hold her
And I soon forget that there’s another world outside.
Well, she’s a friend, she’s a lover,
She’s a woman, she’s a wife,
She’s the answer to the prayer that every lonely man dreams of.
She’s a temptress, she’s a lady,
She’s the mother of my baby
And I thank God that I’m the lucky man she loves.
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Silver and Gold

Also from “C. J. Fish” (1970) by Joe McDonald

Dress my baby in silver and
Dress my baby in silver and
Dress my baby in silver and gold
Now, now, now, now, now.
Rubies, sapphires and diamonds
Rubies, sapphires and diamonds
Rubies, sapphires and diamonds on her hands
Now, now, now, now, now.
She don’t never tell me lies
She don’t go with other guys
She just wants to keep me high
Oh my baby drives me crazy.
Oh my baby drives me crazy.
Country Joe Fish Woodstock

Maria

Country Joe Fish Woodstock
From their then most recent album. Here We Go Again had been recorded in from January to March 1969 and Vanguard released it in July

From “Here We Are Again” (1969) by Joe McDonald.

Maria, I’m growing so tired of fighting this war,
Maria, I feel like I just can’t go on anymore.
The sounds we make as they’re dying
Hearing their screams and their crying
The children, their eyes are weeping
We filled them with pain.
You know the reason I joined up to fight in this war.
You know the reason I refuse to fight anymore.
Maria, please help me, I feel like I’m going insane.
Maria, at night in my dreams I keep calling your name.
After the battle is over
And I am just another soldier
Maria, I’m longing to hold you again in my arms.
You know the reason I joined up to fight in this war.
You know the reason I refuse to fight anymore.
Country Joe Fish Woodstock

The Love Machine

From “C. J. Fish” (1970) by Barry Melton

In the middle of the daytime, in the middle of the night
Comes a new kind of engine from way out of sight.
She’s good looking, and her lines are mighty clean
The name of that engine is the Love Machine.
Put some fuel in her tender and turn up the steam,
You can hear, you can hear that whistle scream.
You can see her coming on down the track,
She’ll send little shivers up and down your back.
I know you’ve heard of old ninety-nine
Perhaps the red caboose
But they will all be left behind
When the Love Machine gets loose.
In the middle of the daytime, in the middle of the night
Comes a new kind of engine from way out of sight.
Now she’s good-looking and her lines are mighty clean,
And the name of that engine is the Love Machine
And the name of that engine is the Love Machine.
I know you’ve heard of old ninety-nine
Perhaps the red caboose
But they will all be left behind
When the Love Machine gets loose
When the Love Machine gets loose.
Now people I’m talking about love
And I’m talking about a machine yeah, huh!
It’s a clean machine and a fine machine
When that Love Machine gets loose
When that Love Machine gets loose
I’m gonna get loose too, yeah.
Country Joe Fish Woodstock
Ever Since You Told Me That You Love Me (I’m a Nut)

Sung a capella by Mr Memphis Mark Kapner, this was the B-side of Tiny Tim‘s wildly successful, Tip-Toe Thru’ the Tulips With me. Written by Jean SchwartzGrant Clarke & Edgar Leslie 

I’ve got to see a doctor
I’ve got to see a doctor
Cause there’s something wrong with me
What can it be?
What can it be?

I know it isn’t indigestion
It isn’t indigestion
It’s just my poor old brain
It feels so queer
Since you’ve been near, dear!

Ever since you told me that you loved me
I’m a nut, I’m a nut!
Ever since you said these words, sweetheart
I’m a bug, I’m a bug!

Can’t sleep nights, can’t even eat
Something’s wrong with both my feet
I bump into people on the street
Like a fool
Like a fool
Like an awful fool

Ever said you said you’d like to kiss me
I’m a bug, I’m a bug
Darling, I’m as happy as can be
Oh, can’t you see?

I lie awake all evening
’til the dawn begins to peep
The druggist gave me something
But I can’t begin to sleep
Ever since you told me that you loved me!

The song ends with the band briefly launching into an extremely loud and heavy rock riff.

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Crystal Blues

From “Here We Are Again” (1969) by Joe McDonald. Continuing the loud guitar motiff…

She told me that she loved me,
She said she’d make my house a home.
She told me that she loved me,
Oh she said she’d make my house a happy home,
Ah, but living with that woman now
Yeah, it’s just like living all alone
Oh, living all alone,
Yeah, living all alone.
You know i love you baby,
Oh, you know that i tried to be your man oh,
Man yeah, i tried so hard to be your man.
You know i love you baby,
You know that i tried so hard to be your man,
But your heart has turned to stone, girl.
There’s nothing but the devil crawling through your veins.
Ah, play the blues, come on.
Ah, crystal’s got my woman,
Ah, dope is driving her insane, yeah
Dope is driving her insane, yeah
Dope is driving her insane.
Crystal’s got my woman,
Ah, dope is driving her insane, yeah.
She used to be so pretty,
Now she can’t remember her own name,
Now she can’t remember her own name

Country Joe Fish Woodstock

Rock & Soul Music (Reprise)

Bookending their opening song, this time the band jams for 13 plus minutes. Here are the approximate lyrics.

We’d like to take this opportunity now to play you a little thing that we learned from Mr. James Brown the King of soul music. Now this ain’t soul music, mind you, this is rock music. But it’s got soul to it, if you can dig that. And now the band would like to play a new riff they just learned, we call a sockin’-it-to-you riff. And it-uh goes something like this. Alright are you ready boys? Let me hear you do it one time just once c’mon
Huh! Ah that’s it, do it again! Huh! Oh come on! Oh it feels so good, do it again! Alright, come on! Huh! One more time, come on! Huh! Now let me hear you do it two times if you can. Huh huh! Alright, that’s good, do it again! Huh uh.
Hmm alright, come on. Huh.
Oh yeah, do it again now. Huh uh.
Feels so good, once more! Huh uh. Oh let me hear you do it three times now, huh! Ah yeah, come on! Alright! Four times now! Ahhhh! come on now. Oh, when you hold me, ah
Oh, when you kiss me
Oh, when you love me
It’s alright, outasite, Ahhh! you know that you’re just d-d-d-d-d-dynamite! Huh! I guess you’ve heard all about rock and roll, You’ve heard about the music that they call soul.
Well, I’m here to tell you what I’ve been told ’bout the brand new music called the rock

Country Joe Fish Woodstock

“Fish” Cheer > I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag

The third time the song was done that weekend. “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die” (1967) written by Joe McDonald

Give me an F
Give me an U
Give me an C
Give me an K

What’s that spell?
Fish!
What’s that spell?
FUCK
What’s that spell?
FUCK

Yeah, come on all of you big strong men
Uncle Sam needs your help again
He’s got himself in a terrible jam

Way down yonder in Vietnam
So put down your books, pick up a gun
Gonna have a whole lot of fun

[Chorus]
And it’s 1, 2, 3
What are we fighting for?

Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn
Next stop is Vietnam
And it’s 5, 6, 7
Open up the pearly gates
Well, ain’t no time to wonder why
Whoopee!
We’re all going to die

Well come on generals let’s move fast
Your big chance has come at last
Gotta go out, get those reds
The only good commie is the one that’s dead

And you know that peace could only be won
When we’ve blown them all to kingdom come

[Chorus]

Well come on Wall Street don’t move slow
Why man, this is war-a-go-go
There’s plenty good money to be made
By supplying the Army with the tools of the trade

Just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb
They drop it on the Viet Cong

[Chorus]

Well come on mothers throughout the land
Pack your boys off to Vietnam

Come on fathers don’t hesitate
Send them off before it’s too late

Be the first one on your block
To have your boy come home in a box

[Chorus]

Country Joe Fish Woodstock

The next act was Ten Years After.