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deadsongs.vue.132 : Me And My Uncle
permalink #51 of 63: 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
  
deadsongs.vue.132 : Me And My Uncle
permalink #52 of 63: Julie Ellen Anzaldo (jewel) Wed 12 Jan 05 19:10
    
Thank you so much for that link!
  
deadsongs.vue.132 : Me And My Uncle
permalink #53 of 63: Melinda Belleville (mellobelle) Thu 13 Jan 05 12:03
    
Wow!  That's certainly a different sound for that song!
  
deadsongs.vue.132 : Me And My Uncle
permalink #54 of 63: David Dodd (ddodd) Fri 14 Jan 05 21:00
    
Wonderful. Thanks!
  
deadsongs.vue.132 : Me And My Uncle
permalink #55 of 63: 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 <kevinsullivan@realtynetmclain.com>
To: David Dodd <ddodd@well.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
  
deadsongs.vue.132 : Me And My Uncle
permalink #56 of 63: 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.
  
deadsongs.vue.132 : Me And My Uncle
permalink #57 of 63: 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=
  
deadsongs.vue.132 : Me And My Uncle
permalink #58 of 63: 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.
  
deadsongs.vue.132 : Me And My Uncle
permalink #59 of 63: Paul B. Israel (pauli) Thu 27 Jul 06 07:56
    
It's great to see those early performances.  I love Joni.
  
deadsongs.vue.132 : Me And My Uncle
permalink #60 of 63: 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
  
deadsongs.vue.132 : Me And My Uncle
permalink #61 of 63: 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!
  
deadsongs.vue.132 : Me And My Uncle
permalink #62 of 63: 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....)
  
deadsongs.vue.132 : Me And My Uncle
permalink #63 of 63: Robin Russell (rrussell8) Thu 3 May 12 00:54
    
My sentiments run along the same course.
  



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