“Uncle John’s Band” – Dead & Company in Wheatland, CA on July 29, 2016 [YouTube Official Video]

LYRICS

Well the first days are the hardest days
Don’t you worry anymore
Cause when life looks like Easy Street
There is danger at your door

Think this through with me
Let me know your mind
Woah-ho 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
Woah-ho 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 know
Like the morning sun you come
And like the wind you go

Ain’t no time to hate
Barely time to wait
Woah-ho 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-ho 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 on along or go alone
He’s come to take his children home

Whoa-ho 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 on along or go alone
He’s come to take his children home

Duh-duh-duh-duh-duh

Later this month, Dead & Company will begin their summer tour in Nevada. To help fans get excited, the group has shared pro-shot video of their performance of “Uncle John’s Band” from their 2016 show in Wheatland, California. Watch it above, via YouTube.

The song appeared on the Grateful Dead’s 1970 studio album Workingman’s Dead, and has since been a staple in many Grateful Dead sets. This performance exemplifies the fluid chemistry between the Dead & Company members. It’s a laid back version, with smooth playing from guitarist John Mayer. Many smiling faces can be seen when the camera cuts to the crowd, so keep your eyes open if you were in attendance or know someone who was!

For more, check out the Dead & Company Zumic artist page.