Phil Ochs - Do What I Have To Do Lyrics




All around this country, trouble in the air
And I hear the voices calling me
Asking "do you know and do you care?
Do you know and do you care?"

So I'm a-gonna do what I have to do
Say what I have to say
And I'm gonna be what I have to be
Now won't you come on along with me?
Won't you come along with me?

Don't want to cause no sorrow
Don't want to cause no pain
I'm only gonna 'cause what I have to cause
Until this land is free of shame
Till this land is free of shame

So I'm a-gonna do what I have to do
Say what I have to say
And I'm gonna be what I have to be
Now won't you come on along with me?
Won't you come along with me?

Only one thing I know, I know we're not alone
Was a million here before we came
Be a million when we're gone, we're gone
Million when we're gone

So I'm a-gonna do what I have to do
Say what I have to say
And I'm gonna be what I have to be
Now won't you come on along with me?
Won't you come along with me?

Oh, I'm afraid of trouble, yes I'm afraid of jail
But I'm more afraid, lord, not to try
More afraid of what happens, now, if we fail
What happens now if we fail

So I'm a-gonna do what I have to do
Say what I have to say
And I'm gonna be what I have to be
Now won't you come on along with me?
Won't you come along with me?





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  1. Анастасия Асланова

    play a drinking game:
    let phil's music auto play

    every time somethign he says is still relevant today take a drink

    WARNING: you may die.

    Gregory Bufkin

    We'd all be on the floor! Great comment. I agree.

    Margaret Ross

    Brilliant.

  2. Albert Ettinger

    More important than ever

  3. Aaron Seymour

    follow the drinking guard ;)

  4. LittleLargeMouth

    Rip Phil.

  5. BritPopLivesOn72

    NO DISLIKES 4EVER <33

  6. johnmburt1960

    In times like these, we need music like Phil's.

  7. Paul Lavan

    Phil wrote "I'll Be There", and he always was. My eternal hero, Phil. Always in my heart.

  8. DocSandwiches

    haha, wow. Amazed. 

  9. Emily Timm

    phil ochs would be disgusted by that mcdonalds ad playing before his song!!!!

    Pyro Bombastic Flow

    We need a new ad block!

    Archanarchist

    i dont know im sure hed be disgusted, but hed probably appreciate the irony also

    LonelyAtTheTop79

    He loved cheap and greasy food that is bad for you so maybe not. I think he would have been ecstatic to get to a level of notoriety where McD's was putting ads before his music

    David Coyle

    Ha! I didn't even get a commercial with mine!

    c122 h122

    try downloading brave

  10. Jaded Renegade

    Im addicted to this song it helps me alot :)

    BritPopLivesOn72

    yea this song is so great. I just figured out how to play it. Lot of fun!

  11. Vick Mackey

    this is the last place I would expect arguments and mean biggoted remarks. They are the antithesis of everything Phil stood for.

  12. 1canyonguy

    The thing with Phil is he never gave up the topical protest spirit, just like Joan baez and Pete Seeger.

  13. MrRollingStone72

    Just found this guy, unbelievable, personally i think some songs are better than Dylans protest songs. Love love me im a liberal, wow

    johnmburt1960

    Have you heard "Ringing of Revolution"?

    Anonymous

    "...The last of the bourgeois, the last of the idle rich, the last of the... folk singers"

    LittleLargeMouth

    I love the live version of Links On The Chain too. What a sense of humor. Rest easy, Phil

  14. Vic Sadot

    Thanks for posting Phil Ochs! Check out my tribute to Phil and my Broadside Balladeer playlist here and my interview with Phil at w w w dot no more songs dot org Vic

  15. Will Martin

    That's a lot of chords!

    BritPopLivesOn72

    I figured it out. Lot of changes but nothing ridiculously hard