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 Wo, 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 Wo, 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 Wo, 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 Wo, 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 Wo, oh, what I want to know, how does the song go
Wayne Dooley from Florida, UsaJust a correction to the main comments: "this was the first time the epithet "God Damn" had been heard in a commercially released song." Not really. On Steppenwolf's first ("Born to be Wild") album of 1968, they included a song written by Hoyt Axton, called "The Pusher", which features the expression prominently in the repeated chorus. This was a major release, and had schoolboys justifying using the epithet with "but they sing it on this record!". Nothing against this Dead song, though, it's really a classic. UJB was used as the theme music for the TV series knockoff of the film "The Paper Chase". Certainly in law school, the first days are the hardest days. [Good catch. We updated that to reflect the song being the first Hot 100 hit to use the phrase - editor]
Rotunda from Tulsa, OkOh yes, I remember it well. It's just amazing that I can recall anything from that year though!!! Haaaa! I was in college at the University of Kansas and when the album came out it was popular with the hippy culture around there. I was caught up in all the hub-bub of all that near KU. The Dead Heads, the hippies, the druggies, mercy! Loved the song. So laid back and mellow. Back then, I read a magazine that speculated it was about Mississippi John Hurt. Coulda been. What cool times & what strange people I met back then.
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