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​Uncle John's Band

This song is by Grateful Dead and appears…

This song is available as a downloadable track for the video games Rock Band, Rock Band 2, Rock Band 3, Rock Band 4, Rock Band Blitz and Rocksmith 2014.
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Uncle John's Band
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 mind
Whoa oh, what I want to know
Is: are you kind?

It's a buck dancer's choice my friends
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?
Whoa oh, what I want to know:
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:
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:
How does the song go?

Come hear Uncle John's Band
By the riverside
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

Whoa oh, what I want to know:
How does the song go?

Come hear Uncle John's Band
By the riverside
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

Written by:

Robert Hunter