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Uncle John’s Band
Written by: Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett

Originally from the Album: Fruitcakes (1994)

Lyrics:
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 the door
Think this through with me, let me know your mind
Oh oh all I want to know is are you kind

It's a buck dancer's choice my friend
You 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
Oh oh all I want to know, will you come with me

God damn I declare have you seen the like
Their walls are built with cannon balls
Their motto is don't tread on me
Come hear Uncle John's band playing to the tide
Come on along 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
Oh oh all I want to know where does the time go

I live in a silver mine and I call it Beggar's Tomb
I've got me a violin and I beg you call the tune
Any body's choice, I can hear your voice
Oh oh all I want to know 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 on along or go alone
He's come to take his children home

1970 Ice Nine Publishing Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Shows Played At:
10-22-2016: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
10-24-2015: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA
03-30-2012: 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
03-08-2012: HP Pavilion – San Jose, CA
06-20-2009: Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
04-18-2006: Cricket Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
10-20-2005: Fillmore Auditorium – San Francisco, CA
04-16-2005: HP Pavilion – San Jose, CA
04-07-2005: Arrowhead Pond – Anaheim, CA
02-26-2005: Ford Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
02-23-2005: Charlotte Coliseum – Charlotte, NC
02-21-2005: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL
02-17-2005: Colonial Center – Columbia, SC
10-31-2002: Margaritaville Cafe – Key West, FL
03-17-2001: San Jose Arena – San Jose, CA
03-15-2001: Oakland Arena – Oakland, CA
09-29-2000: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
04-18-2000: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
09-04-1999: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
12-28-1998: Double Diamond – Aspen, CO
11-25-1998: Stephen Talkhouse – Amagansett, NY
10-11-1998: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
10-06-1998: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
09-30-1998: Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, WA
08-30-1998: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
12-29-1997: Double Diamond – Aspen, CO
04-27-1996: Margaritaville Cafe – New Orleans, LA
10-13-1995: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
10-07-1995: Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
10-04-1995: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
09-30-1995: Sandstone Amphitheatre – Kansas City, KS
09-26-1995: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
09-23-1995: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
09-22-1995: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
08-28-1995: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
08-26-1995: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
08-25-1995: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
08-23-1995: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
08-20-1995: The Meadows – Hartford, CT
08-19-1995: E Center – Camden, NJ
08-17-1995: Ontario Molson Park – Toronto,
08-15-1995: Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
08-14-1995: Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
08-11-1995: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
08-08-1995: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
04-23-1995: Orlando Arena – Orlando, FL
04-20-1995: Jacksonville Coliseum – Jacksonville, FL
04-19-1995: Miami Arena – Miami, FL
04-14-1995: North Charleston Coliseum – Charleston, SC
10-07-1994: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
10-06-1994: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
10-02-1994: Blockbuster – San Bernardino, CA
09-30-1994: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
09-27-1994: Fiddlers Green – Denver, CO
09-23-1994: Starplex Amphitheatre – Dallas, TX
09-21-1994: The Woodlands – Houston, TX
08-01-1994: Deep Hollow Ranch – Montauk, NY
07-28-1994: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
07-26-1994: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
07-23-1994: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
07-22-1994: Blockbuster Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
07-16-1994: Buckeye Lake – Columbus, OH
06-19-1994: Popular Creek Music Theatre – Hoffman Estates, IL
06-18-1994: Popular Creek Music Theatre – Hoffman Estates, IL
06-14-1994: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
06-03-1994: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
06-01-1994: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
04-16-1994: Orlando Arena – Orlando, FL
Number of Shows: 68