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Subject: Lyr Req: Me and my uncle - by John Phillips
From: Wesley S
Date: 03 Oct 02 - 10:47 AM

I could have sworn I saw threads on this song before but I wasn't able to find any just now. I'm looking for the lyrics of the old John Phillips song "Me and my uncle"

Me and my uncle came riding down -
From Colorado, west Texas bound
Three days in the saddle, my body hurt, ect

Does anyone have the rest of it handy ? Thanks


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Subject: Lyr Add: ME AND MY UNCLE (John Phillips)
From: Partridge
Date: 03 Oct 02 - 10:53 AM

ME AND MY UNCLE


Me and my uncle went ridin' down . . (C-Am)
To South Colorado, west Texas bound
We stopped over in Santa Fe,
That day on the pony, just about half way . . (C-D)
Hey and you know it was the hottest part of the day . . (Am-E-Am)

I took the horses up to the stall,
Went to the barroom, ordered drinks for all
Three days in saddle, you know my body hurt.
It being Summer, I took off my shirt
And I tried to wash off some of that dusty dirt.

West Texas cowboys, they was all around,
Wheat liquor and money, they loaded down.
So soon after payday, no one seemed ashamed.
You know my uncle, he starts playin' the game.
(Hey!) a hollow Jack and the winner take the hand.

My uncle starts winning: the cowboys got sore.
One of them called him, and then two more.
Accused him of cheating. Oh, no! it couldn't be!
I know my uncle, he's as honest as me.
And I'm as honest as a Denver man can be.

One of them cowboys, he starts to draw.
And I shot him down, Lord. He never saw.
Shot me another, right then he hit the floor.
In the confusion, my uncle grabbed the gold,
And we hightailed it down to Mexico

Now I love those cowboys, I love their gold.
Love my uncle, God rest his soul.
Taught me good, Lord, taught me all I know.
Taught me so well (that) I grabbed that gold
And I left his dead ass there by the side of the road


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Subject: Lyr Add: ME AND MY UNCLE (John Phillips)
From: jeffp
Date: 03 Oct 02 - 10:54 AM

Here you go

ME AND MY UNCLE
by John Phillips

Me and my uncle went riding down
To south Colorado, west Texas bound.
We stopped over in Santa Fe.
That being the point, just about half-way.
And you know it was the hottest part of the day.

I took those horses up to the stall.
Went to the barroom, ordered drinks for all.
Three days in the saddle, you know my body hurt.
It being summer, I took off my shirt,
And I tried to wash off some of that dust and dirt.

West Texas cowboys,they're all around.
With liquor and money, they were loaded down
So soon after payday, you know it seemed a shame.
You know my uncle, he starts a friendly game.
One-eyed Jacks and the winner takes the hand.

My uncle starts winning, cowboys got sore.
One of them called him, and then two more.
Accused him of cheating, oh no, it couldn't be.
I know my uncle, and he's as honest as me.
And I'm as honest as a Denver man can be.

One of the cowboys, he starts to draw,
But I shot him down, Lord, he never saw.
I shot me another, Hot Damn! he won't grow old.
In the confusion, my uncle grabbed the gold,
And we high-tailed it down to Mexico.

I love those cowboys, I love their gold.
I love my uncle, God rest his soul.
He taught me good, Lord, he tought me all I know.
He taught me so wel, I grabbed that gold,
And I left his dead ass their by the side of the road.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Me and my uncle - by John Phillips
From: Wesley S
Date: 03 Oct 02 - 11:14 AM

That was quick - thanks. A little different from the version I remember but that'll get me there.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ME AND MY UNCLE (John Phillips)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 12:48 PM

The words that Phillips actually sings are considerably different from those posted above. Here is my transcription from the recording on Spotify:


ME AND MY UNCLE
Words and music by John Phillips
As sung by John Phillips on "Phillips 66" (2001)

1. Me and my uncle went ridin' down
From Colorado west Texas bound,
And we stopped off in Santa Fe,
That bein' the point that's about half-way.
'Sides, it was the hottest part of the day.

2. We'd led our ponies into a stall,
Went to the bar, boys, bought drinks for all.
Two days in the saddle, my body hurt.
It bein' summer, I took off my shirt,
Tried to wash off some of that dust and dirt.

3. West Texas cowboys all over town,
With gold and silver, they're loaded down,
Just back from roundup, did seem a shame.
So my uncle starts a friendly game
Called high-low jack and winner takes the gain.

4. From the beginnin' my uncle starts to win,
And them cowboys, they're mad as sin.
Some say he's
cheatin', but that can't be,
'Cause my uncle, he's as honest as me,
And I'm as honest as a Denver man can be.

5. One of them cowboys, thought ... to draw.
I took a bottle, cracked him on the jaw.
I winged another; doubt he'll see old.
In the confusion, my uncle grabbed the gold,
And we high-tailed down that road to Mexico.

6. So here's to cowboys, and here's to gold.
Here's to uncle, God rest his soul.
He taught me well, boy, taught me all I know.
He taught me so well, boy, that I took his gold,
And I left him layin' by the side of the road,
And I left him layin by the side of the road,
And I high-tailed down that road to Mexico.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Me and My Uncle (John Phillips)
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 01:31 PM

That last set of words are almost identical to the Judy Collins (Wonderful) version.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Me and My Uncle (John Phillips)
From: pdq
Date: 08 Jan 13 - 04:42 PM

I hear the GD version line as "high-low-jack and the winner takes the hand", a card game played in the West that is also known as Pedro (pron. PEA-droh).


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