Grateful Dead

Uncle John's Band

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Well the first days are the hardest days
Don't you worry any more.
'Cause when life looks like easy street,
There is danger at your door.
Think this through with me;
Let me know your mine
What I want to know
Is are you kind?

It's a buck dancer's choice my friend
Better take my advice
You know all the rules by now
And the fire from the ice
Will you come with me
Won't you come with me
What I want to know is
Will you come with me?

God damn! Well I declare
Have you seen the like
Their walls are built of cannon balls
Their motto is "don't tread on me"

Come hear uncle john's band
Playing to the tide
Come with me or go alone
He's come to take his children home

It's the same story the crow told me
It's the only one he knows
Like the morning sun you come
And like the wind you go
Ain't no time to hate
Barely time to wait
Whoa oh, what I want to know is
Where does the time go?

I live in a silver mine
And I call it beggar's tomb
I got me a violin
And I beg you call the tune
Anybody's choice
I can hear your voice
Whoa oh, what I want to know is:
How does the song go?

Come hear uncle john's band
By the river side
Got some things to talk about
Here beside the rising tide
Come hear uncle john's band
Playing to the tide
Come along or go alone
He's come to take his children home

Uncle John's Band de Grateful Dead

This song appears in 40 albums


Saint of Circumstance (Live at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, 6/17/1991)
2019

Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2017

30 Days of Dead 2015 (Live)
2016

30 Trips Around the Sun: The Definitive Live Story (1965-1995)
2015

The Best of the Grateful Dead
2015

Europe '72 Vol 12: 5/4/72 (L'Olympia, Paris, France)
2014

Europe '72 Vol. 15: 5/11/72 (Grote Zaal De Doelen, Rotterdam, Holland)
2014

Bird Song (Live)
2014

Complete Road Trips
2014

Complete Studio Albums Collection
2014

Complete Live Rarities Collection
2013

The Music Never Stopped, Vol 1
2013

Grateful Dead Live In Concert Vol 1 (Live)
2012

Europe '72, Vol. 19: 5/23/72 (Lyceum Theatre, London, England)
2011

Europe '72 Vol 10: 4/29/72 (Musikhalle, Hamburg, West Germany)
2011

Europe '72, Vol. 21: 5/25/72 (Lyceum Theatre, London, England)
2011

New Year's Eve 1987 (Live)
2011

Road Trips, Vol. 4 No. 3: 11/20/73 - 11/21/73 (Denver Coliseum, Denver CO)
2011

Hampton, VA, October 1989 (Live)
2010

Road Trips, Vol. 3 No. 3: 5/15/70 (Fillmore East, New York, NY)
2010

Road Trips, Vol. 3 No. 1: 12/28/79 (Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, CA)
2009

Dick's Picks Vol. 11: 9/27/72 (Stanley Theater, Jersey City, NJ)
2009

Dick's Picks Vol. 31: 8/4/74 & 8/5/74 (Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA) & 8/6/74 (Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ)
2009

Road Trips, Vol. 2 No. 1: 9/1/90 - 9/30/90 (Madison Square Garden, New York, NY)
2008

Road Trips, Vol. 1 No. 3: 7/31/71 (Yale Bowl, New Haven, CT) & 8/23/71 [Auditorium Theater, Chicago, IL]
2008

Download Series Vol. 10: 7/21/72 (Paramount Northwest Theatre, Seattle, WA)
2006

Download Series Vol. 9: 4/2/89 & 4/3/89 (Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA)
2006

Dick's Picks Vol. 35: 8/7/71 (Golden Hall, San Diego, CA) & 8/24/71 (Auditorium Theater, Chicago, IL)
2005

Dick's Picks Vol. 29: 5/19/77 (Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA) & 5/21/77 (Lakeland Civic Center Arena, Lakeland, FL)
2003

The Very Best of Grateful Dead
2003

Grateful Dead Go to Nassau - May 15 & 16, 1980
2002

Steppin' Out With the Grateful Dead - England '72
2002

Dick's Picks Vol. 24: 3/23/74 (Cow Palace, Daly City, CA)
2002

Dick's Picks Vol. 23: 9/17/72 (Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, MD)
2001

Nightfall of Diamonds
2001

Ladies and Gentlemen... The Grateful Dead - Fillmore East, New York City, April 1971
2000

Dick's Picks Vol. 16: 11/8/69 (Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA)
2000

Dick's Picks Vol. 8: 5/2/70 (Harpur College, Binghamton, NY)
1997

Dozin' At the Knick: Knickerbocker Arena
1996

Workingman's Dead
1970
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