U.S. Blues

Album: From the Mars Hotel (1974)
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  • Red and white, blue suede shoes, I'm Uncle Sam, how do you do?
    Gimme five, I'm still alive, ain't no luck, I learned to duck.
    Check my pulse, it don't change. Stay seventy-two come shine or rain.
    Wave the flag, pop the bag, rock the boat, skin the goat.
    Wave that flag, wave it wide and high.

    Summertime done, come and gone, my, oh, my.
    I'm Uncle Sam, that's who I am; Been hidin' out in a rock and roll band.
    Shake the hand that shook the hand of P.T. Barnum and Charlie Chan.
    Shine your shoes, light your fuse. Can you use them ol' U.S. Blues?
    I'll drink your health, share your wealth, run your life, steal your wife.
    Wave that flag, wave it wide and high.

    Summertime done, come and gone, my, oh, my.
    Back to back chicken shack. Son of a gun, better change your act.
    We're all confused, what's to lose?
    You can call this all the United States Blues.
    Wave that flag, wave it wide and high.
    Summertime done, come and gone, my, oh, my. Writer/s: JEROME J. GARCIA, ROBERT C. HUNTER
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 4

  • Myze from ScI always thought this song was referencing the CIA experiments that Hunter participated in at Stanford.

    Monitoring his pulse at 72 BPM that didn’t change, while tripping. Once the experiments were done it was brought back to a rock and roll band through the Acid Test shows.

    Anyone else see this connection?
  • Freewheelin' Franklin from Blue Ridge Mountains I wish the author would have explained the "grew out of One More Saturday Night" comment. Earlier versions of this song were "Wave That Flag."
  • James C from TexasI always thought they went a little bit light on Uncle Sam and the song, almost so that they would appeal to a wider audience. Still a really fun song.
  • Marblehead from Not At Work Classic good natured Counter Culture reflection on the American experience
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