Grateful Dead — U.S. Blues
Album: From The Mars Hotel
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Released: 1974
Length: 4:34
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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?

Wave that flag, wave it wide and high.
Summertime done, come and gone, my, oh, my.
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Perfect....given the day!

My favorite 4th of July song!
Thanks Bill

 flatpicker wrote:
Good times!

Bad sweater...

http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/547/medium/We_salute_you.jpg

 
I don't like a whole bunch of The Dead's music, but this one always worked for me.  I also love how Captain Trips & The Boys always looked like they were having a blast in those old photos from Haight Street, even when they're standing next to garbage...


Just leaves me cold. Sounds like generic bar blues to me. There seems to be nothing remarkable about either the musical or lyrical content here. I'm stifling a yawn.
 caregiver wrote:
{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}  {#Guitarist}
 
Heard this on Beale street in Memphis. Great afternoon!{#Dancingbanana_2}

Great song, Fantastic album!!!{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}
As Joe Strummer said: "F*ckin' long, innit?". That's the thing about bands in the 60s - you sure got your money's worth with track lengths ;(

Maybe track length should be shown in the song metadata on RP so's we know how long to mute for when a Sucko-Barfo comes on?
 zenhead wrote:
yay, it's the "dreadful grate!"
 

Another grate comment from Maine


ugh,...make it stop....
yay, it's the "dreadful grate!"
 FlatCat wrote:

So this forum is only for positive comments? How treacly dull that would be.
 
Ya totally missed the point of the comment. Feel free to diss anything and everything to your heart's deepest pleasure. My point is the obvious tendency among a fair proportion of the commenters on this site to denigrate the enjoyment that others get from, oh let's say, the Grateful Dead. You don't like a band or a performer or a performance? Great. But since music is so personal and preferences so idiosyncratic, my idea of good music is not actually better than yours. Some seem to get pleasure from explaining how much they do not like something that others like. This is something that simply does not make much sense to me. That's all.

 skibbenr wrote:
I just had to jump in and say that in 1976 the Dead taught me what patriotism could be. At a show in that bicentennail year in Chicago I was amazed to see American flags flying all over the stage.
About half way through the show however I realized that they truly loved America. America the brave, America the free, America the beacon of liberty. Since then, I've moved to Canada for all kinds of reasons, but I still carry that sense of what America used to represent within its borders and around the world. It's sad that its lost so much of that. And now, thanks in part to the Dead, I'm a proud and patriotic Canadian.
 

 
Mugro wrote:


America means different things to different people, just as the Dead themselves do. There is no one way to be patriotic, and there is no one way to view or enjoy the Dead.

We humans each see the world through our own unique prism.
 

the Steal Your Face icon ~~~  a skull  -  with red, white, and blue... we Dead take our freedoms very seriously lol

if the thunder don't get you ~ then the lightning will

 caregiver wrote:
{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}  {#Guitarist}
 
could not say it better!

RAD
{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}  {#Guitarist}


 bluefrog wrote:
Am I the only one who doesn't like the dead ?

It's not any sort of loathing or particular criticism of their music, I just don't like them.

No, you're not the only one.  During their time, I was listening to music of two types: astral/space rock (Yes/ELP) and music that sounded best at megawatt levels (Mountain/Cream).  Never enjoyed their easy, folksy style, although I have grown to like a lot of their stuff, and this one is good.
 skibbenr wrote:
I just had to jump in and say that in 1976 the Dead taught me what patriotism could be. At a show in that bicentennail year in Chicago I was amazed to see American flags flying all over the stage.
About half way through the show however I realized that they truly loved America. America the brave, America the free, America the beacon of liberty. Since then, I've moved to Canada for all kinds of reasons, but I still carry that sense of what America used to represent within its borders and around the world. It's sad that its lost so much of that. And now, thanks in part to the Dead, I'm a proud and patriotic Canadian.
 

America means different things to different people, just as the Dead themselves do. There is no one way to be patriotic, and there is no one way to view or enjoy the Dead.

We humans each see the world through our own unique prism.
Good times!

Bad sweater...

http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/547/medium/We_salute_you.jpg



Never was really a deadhead, but this I like a lot, along with Workingman's Dead and American Beauty.
 C57BL6 wrote:
 C57BL6 wrote:
my my my oh my


my my my, my oh my

 

my my my, my oh my