David Gans (tnf) Wed 12 Jan 05 17:23
From Paul Hoffman's blog: http://lookit.proper.com/archives/000297.html#000297 A different "Me and My Uncle" Deadheads know Me and My Uncle as the Grateful Dead's most-played song. It usually came in the first set, and was usually followed by Big River. It was written by John Phillips, first played by the Dead in 1966, and then played more than 600 times over the next thirty years. As you can see from the lyrics, it's your basic manly western song of gambling, drinking, and killing. What most people don't know it that it was sung a year earlier by Joni Mitchell. She was going by the name "Joan Anderson" at the time, and sang it on the CBC television show "Let's Sing Out" on October 4, 1965. The combo of the sweet voice and the macho lyrics is wonderful. Link to the MP3 (2.5 meg): http://lookit.proper.com/archives/Music/MeAndMyUncle-JoniMitchell.mp3
Julie Ellen Anzaldo (jewel) Wed 12 Jan 05 19:10
Thank you so much for that link!
Melinda Belleville (mellobelle) Thu 13 Jan 05 12:03
Wow! That's certainly a different sound for that song!
David Dodd (ddodd) Fri 14 Jan 05 21:00
David Dodd (ddodd) Fri 5 May 06 14:25
Posted on behalf of Kevin Sullivan: Date: Tue, 2 May 2006 15:52:40 -0500 From: Kevin Sullivan <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: David Dodd <email@example.com> Subject: Re: Me and My Uncle David, Thanks for directing me to the MAMU thread in the Well page. I was wondering way the "annotated" page guy didn't have it in his list. Anyway, I don't think I want to pay to join the Well, but do want to offer my interpretation of two lines in the song. In gambling there is a game I've played where the winner leaves a chip on the table, "winner stakes the (next) hand". Next, in the American folk vernacular there is an expresion often used as a preface to understatement, and would read as follows: I shot him down...shot me another... "I'll dare they won't grow old". Each of my interpretations are based in my experiences. The poker one has had plenty of debate, and considering the history of how the song was originaly written it is possible there is no correct answer, but if Phillips didn't meant to write "I'll dare", he should have! Kevin
Robin Russell (rrussell8) Sun 7 May 06 17:27
"I'll dare" being an abbreviation of "I'll dare say". I have never heard anything like that but it certainly has the right sort of feel for the tune. "Winner stakes the hand" is an interesting possibility.
David Gans (tnf) Wed 26 Jul 06 14:08
A VERY young Joni Mitchell singing "Me and My Uncle" on Canadian TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of4YQBgJ3ck&mode=related&search=
Lightning in a Box (unkljohn) Wed 26 Jul 06 19:17
Damn! I got lost in there. Both sides now will bring tears to your eyes. And Woodstock was pretty neat, with a brief Croz flash in the background.
Paul B. Israel (pauli) Thu 27 Jul 06 07:56
It's great to see those early performances. I love Joni.
Tim Lynch (masonskids) Thu 22 Mar 07 17:27
Here is a mp3 of Dino Valenti's version I just found online. Just click Download http://www.zshare.net/download/05-me-and-my-uncle-mp3.html
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Fri 23 Mar 07 05:20
Pretty good. A little histronic and rushed, as Valenti could often be. Still, it was nice to hear his rendition. Thanks!
from NEIL ANDERSON (tnf) Sat 28 Apr 12 08:37
Neil Anderson writes: I like Weir's rendition best for its near-deadpan; for the same reason, I prefer the simple 'And left him lying dead...., to the meaner '...dead arse...,' (A change to 'Left him dying there...,' would be even colder--- though his uncle probably taught him better than to be that sloppy....)
Robin Russell (rrussell8) Thu 3 May 12 00:54
My sentiments run along the same course.
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