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Draft Dodger Rag, song lyrics

Song: Draft Dodger Rag
Lyrics: Phil Ochs(1)(2)

Music: Phil Ochs
Year: 1965(1)
Genre: Folk
Country: USA

I'm just a typical American boy,
    From a typical American town,
I believe in God and Senator Dodd(3),
    And keeping old Castro down,
And when it came my time to serve,
    I knew "better dead than red",
But when I got to my old draft board,
    Buddy, this is what I said:
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Sarge, I'm only eighteen, I got a ruptured spleen,
    And I always carry a purse,
I got eyes like a bat, my feet are flat,
    And my asthma's getting worse,
Oh, think of my career, my sweetheart dear,
    And my poor old invalid aunt,
Besides, I ain't no fool, I'm a goin' to school,
    And I'm working in a defense plant

I've got a dislocated disc and a racked up back,
    I'm allergic to flowers and bugs,
And when the bombshell hits, I get epileptic fits,
    And I'm addicted to a thousand drugs,
I got the weakness woes, and I can't touch my toes,
    I can hardly reach my knees
And if the enemy came close to me,
    I'd probably start to sneeze.
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I hate Zhou En-Lai(5), and I hope he dies,
    But one thing you gotta see
That someone's gotta go over there,
    And that someone isn't me,
So I wish you well, Sarge, give 'em Hell!
    Yeah, Kill me a thousand or so
And if you ever get a war without blood and gore,
    Well, I'll be the first to go.



1 - Transcribed from and released on the Phil Ochs album, I Ain't Marching Anymore, released 1965, on Elektra #KL-287.

2 - Phil Ochs (1940 - 1976), biography.

3 - Thomas Joseph Dodd (1907 - 1971), biography from the U.S. Congress.

4 - Fidel Castro (1926 - ) of Cuba, a short biography from Trinity University, and a speech from then Senator John F. Kennedy, October 6, 1960 about Cuba and Fidel Castro.

5 - Zhou Enlai (1898 - 1976), biography from Columbia University.