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Studio album by Country Joe and the Fish
Released November 1967
Recorded 1966 – March 1967
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 44:56
Label Vanguard
Producer Samuel Charters
Country Joe and the Fish chronology
Electric Music for the Mind and Body
I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (Favorable)[2]

I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die is the second album by the influential San Francisco psychedelic rock group Country Joe and the Fish, released in 1967. The title track remains one of the most popular Vietnam protest songs from the 1960s and originally appeared on a 1965 7" EP titled Rag Baby: Songs of Opposition. On the album version, "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" appears following "The Fish Cheer", which at concerts became a Country Joe standard. At Woodstock, Joe had the crowd yell F-U-C-K instead of F-I-S-H.

The title song faced a legal challenge from the estate of New Orleans jazz trombone pioneer Edward "Kid" Ory, whose daughter Babette claimed that McDonald had appropriated the melody for his song from Ory's classic "Muskrat Ramble" as recorded by Louis Armstrong & his Hot Five in 1926. A 2005 judgment upheld McDonald's copyright on the song, claiming that Ory had waited too long to make the claim.

The original album sleeve contained a poster for "The Fish Game", a huge 22 x 33 inch fold-out board game sheet for throwing a dice and moving five band-member cut-out paper pieces around on.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" (McDonald) – 3:44
  2. "Who Am I" (McDonald) – 4:05
  3. "Pat's Song" (McDonald) – 5:26
  4. "Rock Coast Blues" (McDonald) – 3:57
  5. "Magoo" (McDonald) – 4:44
  6. "Janis" (McDonald) – 2:36
  7. "Thought Dream" (McDonald) – 6:39
  8. "Thursday" (Cohen, Hirsh) – 3:20
  9. "Eastern Jam" (Bartol, Cohen, Hirsh, Melton) – 4:27
  10. "Colors For Susan" (McDonald) – 5:58


Reference list[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Vol 1. No. 3, December 14, 1967, p. 19