Phil Ochs – Draft Dodger Rag

This American protest singer provided what has been described as the first song to satirize the draft for the Vietnam War, back in 1965. The narrator is ready to go fight, except for his long, long list of maladies and conditions that would otherwise exclude him from service.

The term ‘draft,’ also known as conscription, means being called upon for compulsory military service. Countries have needed ways to get soldiers, but in the 1960s, many people felt themselves to be ‘conscientious objectors,’ as part of the anti-Vietnam war movement.


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