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Indigo Girls — Uncle John's Band
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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
Now think this through with me, let me know your mind
Oh, what I want to know is: are you kind?

Now, it's a buck dancers choice, my friends, better take my advice
You know all the rules by now and the fire from the ice
Now will you come with me? Won't you come with me?
Oh, what I want to know will you come with me?

Sister, 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
Oh, what I want to know
Where does the time go

I live in a silver mine and I call it Beggers Tomb
I've got me a violin, and I beg you: call the tune
Anybody's choice, I can hear your voice
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, come on or go alone
He's come to take his children home

Whoa, 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

Come hear Uncle John's band
(Brother)
By the riverside
(Ain't no time to hate)
Got some things to talk about
(Sister)
Here, beside the rising tide
(Ain't no time to wait)

Come hear Uncle John's band playing to the tide
Come on along or go alone
He's come to take his children home
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couldn\'t agree more. take a good (great) song make a politcal statement out of it to suit your own purposes not the one originally intended. someone put a fork in \'em and see if the indiblow girls are done yet..... :frustrated: :(
"Sister well I declare"... Yeah, there you go. Make a political statement out of it. I was really trying to enjoy this....now I give up. Don't waste valuable airplay on this one. Please play the original! Nothing else compares.... :evil: :frustrated: :evil: :frustrated:
I feel like I am SUPPOSED to like them, but they seem so obvious & sincere.
If Henry Kaiser was playing Lead Guitar it might be acceptable. Next time play the Henry Kaiser version. It\'s somewhat closer to the real thing!
Originally Posted by weh042856: Nice remake :clap:
Yes... to poop on!
You.. have.. got.. to be kidding.. :frustrated:
Nice remake :clap:
Jerry\'s gone forever. I think the Indigo girls have done this classic justice. Nice acoustic guitar fills.
Enh, I think I\'d prefer dead air. But it won\'t actually make me switch stations.
Originally Posted by Max_Power: That's blasphemy! How dare they butcher this classic?! Jerry is rolling over in his grave right now! Now excuse me while I go and hang myself! :evil: :frustrated: :evil: :frustrated: :evil: :frustrated:
I seriously doubt Jerry would have any problem with this. And it is not like the Dead never botched a cover! :rolleyes:
Originally Posted by AC: Well, here's another country heard from. I am not one of those "holy writ" Dead freaks who trashes any cover he hears. As a matter of fact, I think I've had that very discussion on another comments page. In brief, my point to all you "oh don't harm a hair on its poor little corpse" freaks is this: consider how many tunes from other artists the Dead covered, then get a life. Aaaand I really enjoy the Indigo Girls. So, all that said, this version of UJB just leaves me flat. Oh, technically it's fine; some nice harmony work in there near the end. And maybe they kick ass with it live, I'll take your word for that. But my gut reaction to this track was "unh....and the point exactly is WHAT?"
I'll say that the Dead were/remain the greatest cover band of all time, constantly injecting new life and wonderful slants on virtually every attempt (admittedly, they did fall flat on their faces at times. "Bobby Magee" is a prime example). The key to a righteous and inspired cover is the ability to transform the original in a new and completely unique way. I'll close by saying that, while the Indigo Girls may have had good intentions, their effort on UJB also leaves me flat. Now excuse this "freak" so I can go out and "get a life".
This is one of the few Dead songs I like and it is completely unacceptable to hear anyone else do it. :evil: Ditto to Max Power!
Well, here's another country heard from. I am not one of those "holy writ" Dead freaks who trashes any cover he hears. As a matter of fact, I think I've had that very discussion on another comments page. In brief, my point to all you "oh don't harm a hair on its poor little corpse" freaks is this: consider how many tunes from other artists the Dead covered, then get a life. Aaaand I really enjoy the Indigo Girls. So, all that said, this version of UJB just leaves me flat. Oh, technically it's fine; some nice harmony work in there near the end. And maybe they kick ass with it live, I'll take your word for that. But my gut reaction to this track was "unh....and the point exactly is WHAT?"
I like that RP is broad enough to include a remake like this. Bill plays a lot of Dead tunes. I was never a Dead fan, so I appreciate this slant on the song. I also enjoy the range of tunes played by the Indigo Girls.
Originally Posted by JRiley: More than anything has ever sucked before.
You could also say "That sucked ass!"
Originally Posted by ChanceM3: That sucked
More than anything has ever sucked before.
That sucked
That\'s blasphemy! How dare they butcher this classic?! Jerry is rolling over in his grave right now! Now excuse me while I go and hang myself! :evil: :frustrated: :evil: :frustrated: :evil: :frustrated:
An AWESOME cover - and the Girls opened for the Dead back in the early 90\'s. I think this is so cool. :)
The Horror :cry:
Sigh. Another pointless remake.
This sounds like a cub scout campout where the den mothers get together and sing songs from their cooler days.
Can't hear this song without remembering and cracking up over this comment :lol:
Awful, just plain awful. No spirit, no feeling, nothing added to the original whatsoever. This is an absolute zero on the creativity scale. They\'ve managed to take an excellent song and make it nearly unlistenable.
Love this Indigo Girls cover!
ok...this is a dead classic. if you want to play this song, please allow the dead to do it. i\'ve heard a couple other remakes of this song & this is my least favorite. just my 2 cents.
Originally Posted by Dog_Breath: A worthy remake ... but perhaps they could have added some Indigo Girl touches. It's too faithful an adaptation ... why remake a song if you're unwilling to add your own touch to it. Still good, just not an exciting remake.
Excellent point. The harmonies are better though. I LOVE the Dead, but their vocals really sucked much of the time, so I guess you could say the "in tune" vocals make it unique to the Indigo Girls. However, the truly unique dynamic of the Dead can never be recaptured by anyone.
A worthy remake ... but perhaps they could have added some Indigo Girl touches. It's too faithful an adaptation ... why remake a song if you're unwilling to add your own touch to it. Still good, just not an exciting remake.
Prefer the Dead version. If it ain\'t broke, don\'t try to fix it. Like the early Indigo Girls stuff though.