Me And My Uncle

Words & Music by John Phillips
Sung by John Denver
from The Wildlife Concert (1995)

Me and my uncle went a ridin' down 
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From Colorado, west Texas bound
We stopped over in Santa Fe, 
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Part it being about half way
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Besides it was the hottest part of the day

We led our ponies into the stall,
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Went to a bar boys, bought drinks for all
Two days in the saddle, my body hurt. 
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It being Summer, took off my shirt
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And tried to wash off some of that dusty dirt.

West Texas cowboys, all over town,
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With gold and silver, they're loaded down.
Just in from roundup, you know it seemed a shame
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And so my uncle, starts a friendly game.
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Hollow Jack the winner takes a gain.

From the beginning my uncle started to win
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Them Texas cowboys, they was as mad as sin
Some said he's cheating.  Aw, but that can't be!
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Because my uncle, he's as honest as me.
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And I'm about as honest as a Denver man can be.

One of them cowboys, you know he started to draw.
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I grabbed the bottle, slapped him on the jaw
I had to shoot another, now he won't grow old
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In the confusion, my uncle grabbed the gold,
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We hightailed it down to Mexico, Mexico, way down to Mexico

God bless cowboys, God bless gold.
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God bless my uncle, God rest his soul.
He taught me well, boys, taught me all I know.
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Taught me so well that I grabbed the gold
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Left him lying there by the side of the road