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Edit Wiki. 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 Woah-oh, 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-oh, what I want to know, will you come with me? Goddamn, well I declare, have you seen the like Their wall are built of cannonballs, 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 Woah-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 Woah-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 on along, or go alone, he's come to take his children home Woah-oh, what I want to know, how does the song go? Hunter Jerome J. Lyrics powered by LyricFind. Uncle John's Band song meanings. Add your thoughts 21 Comments. General Comment As much as the ideas presented are opinions and can not be wrong I think that everone has missed the point.

This song is about what it talks about listening to live music in this case the Lost City Ramblers headed by John Cohen, hence Unsle John's Band. Which by the way is where the practice of allowing tapers at Dead shows started. The L. The Lost City Ramblers were from the NYC are and played a lot of outside concerts along the Hudson River during the late 50's and early 60's and the Hudson is a tidal riverhence by the riverside There was an error.

Thank you very much. This song helped me get through rehab and helps me with recovery Flag ralphdec on April 03, This makes me appreciate the lyrics so much more. To pay homage to another band while providing fabulous background music is very much appreciated. Kudos to the Dead. Flag celino on July 10, General Comment My personal opinion about this song is as a kind of protest about the Vietnam war which was, unless I am very much mistaken, well underway at the time of this song's writing. The giveaway verse is the one that begins, "Goddamn, well I declare, have you seen the like?

Their walls are built of cannonballs, their motto is don't tread on me. The Dead are playing by the riverside, preaching peace "got some things to talk about" as the tides of war threaten to envelop them.

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They talk of the transience of life, and how trivial and pointless hate is given a man's short time on this earth As for the rest of the lyrics, they're completely beyond me. It's about the American Revolution, not vietnam. Don't Tread on me is a revolutionary slogan and there weren't many cannon balls in Vietnam, unlike the revolution. Flag ewalsh on October 24, But seriously, why? Due to the beauty of the song? Flag NomadMonad on December 15, No Replies Log in to reply. General Comment i agree with madtom with the idea of the song as an analog for the vietnam war and the grateful dead themselves, but there are allusions here to baptism and the story of john the baptist.

General Comment Jerry Garcia actually recruited a poet friend of his, Robert Hunter, to help him write this song. Generally, I think it makes an allusion to a lot of things, so like a lot of poems, this isn't just about one thing. General Comment there is a poem called 'buck dancer's choice' that i tried to read once but i gathered no sense from it. General Comment This web site is great! I've really enjoyed your comments. Here's my take based, in no small part, on the preceding comments and others I've read in connection with this site.

I think Uncle John's Band is an Anti-War Vietnam protest song, encouraging people to actively oppose the war either by draft evasion, refusal to serve, fleeing the country or joining the protest. Won't you come with me? I also think "buck dancer's choice" is a reference to the draft. Based on other's comments, a buckdancer was one who moved his feet only, and in step to a set song. In other words, the buck dancer doesn't get to pick the song or "call the tune"; he simply decides if he wants to dance or not.

And the reference to "better take my advice" followed with the invitation to "come with me" suggests that the singer is encouraging the listener NOT to dance to this tune war. This also fits with the question "Are you kind? I also agree with other postings that the "fire from the ice" is a reference to Robert Frost's poem about how the world will end.

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The reference to living in a "silver mine" that the singer calls "beggar's tomb" -- may be an analogy to either the war, which was "big business" for the military industrial complex or America and the American dream, which is primarily materialistic in nature. If the former, then the mine is a literal "tomb" for the powerless "draftees.

The use of the word "beg" in this instance, emphasizes just how critical it is for the listener not to passively go along with what others are telling him or her. A violin is also another term for a "fiddle" which makes references to the notion that sooner or later, we all "pay the fiddler", i.

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The song goes on to say, the tune is "anybody's choice," and that the singer is listening "I can hear your voice," meaning that everyone's voice counts. What will you do, about the war. Because i was raised by a hippie mother the phrase "Are you kind? General Comment Well Regarding the "meaning" of "Uncle John's Band" Its an old story.

It was down by the river. It could have been any river but it wasn't. It was the Mississippi. It was down there by the river you seethere was a whorehouse. Now these whores were a pretty tight-knit group, in this house anyway. It wasn't like "The House of the Rising Sun" or anything like that.

Of course it was a bad scene in some ways but then there were ways of mitigating that because these ladies looked out for each other. Well, as it turned out, there were two other "institutions" if you will that were right next door to the whorehouse, a jazz club, and an orphange. In those days contraception wasn't always partcularly reliable, and when you make you living as a woman by lying down with men, every now and again something happens.

And whores could get pregnant. When they did their "sisters" watched out for them and the children were often carried to term. Louisiana is and was very Catholic, after all. Of course there were those who opted out and tried for termination, but you see, in those days that wasn't very reliable either.

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The only one he know… And the person telling him this story? The Three-Eyed Raven. Who else could it be? And what was Uncle Benjen before he became whatever he is now? A member of the Watch. A crow. He arrived out of the darkness, wielding fire, arriving to take these two children to safety. Are Uncle John and Uncle Benjen one and the same?

Are Bran and Meera the children? What about the Children of the Forest? But there is one certainty: both George R. Martin and the Grateful Dead owe a lot to the myths that came before them, and, in particular, to Joseph Campbell. And of course, A Song of Ice and Fire is far from over. Perhaps there will be more connections in the future. Enjoy this? Martin borrowing from a band called The Grateful Dead considering the contents of the narrative seems very fitting.

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Skip to content In a previous blog post, I investigated the possibility that George R. When life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door. This guy.