UNCLE JOHN MILLS

I'm leanin' on the rail of the ferry to Carruthsville
I can't believe how good the Mississippi makes me feel.
Truckin' in my jeep across the old Missouri boot-heel
Bound for Osceola 40 miles north of Springfield.

There's an old fella there I kinda want see,
Bein' as how he's a close kin to me.
He's got a mind as unhurried as the Big Muddy runs
And eyes like tobacco leaves drying' in the sun.

I'm gonna see my old Uncle John
He's a lot more to me than just my grandfather's son.
The biggest catfish ever in the Osage River
Was hooked and delivered by my old Uncle John...
ooo-hoo! We're gonna sit and drink a few
before I move along.

Well, good storytellin's what he's all about
He just closes his eyes until he's thought it all out.
It comes slow but it's fine when it drops from his mouth
Like a tax return com in' from the mailman's pouch.

By the vanities of man in the east or the west
Like New York City, Uncle John ain't impressed
On the Empire State, standing' miles above the hurry
Uncle John went on talking' 'bout the wether in Missouri!

I'm gonna see my old Uncle John.
He's a lot more to me than just my grandfather's son.
The biggest catfish ever in the Osage River
Was hooked and delivered by my old Uncle John.
Ooo-hoo! We're gonna sit and drink a few
Before I move along.

Now Uncle John's car might look a little done-in,
but like Uncle John himself it keeps on running'
Because he don't drive a car now harder than his liver
and he don't drink no more liquor than there's water in the river.

He says the Grim Reaper's trying to uproot his sweet potato
But he's sticking' to the earth like a deep rutabaga.
and till his time comes he just loafin' to his Maker
Drivin' 20 miles an hour in his old Studabaker.

I'm gonna see my old Uncle John
He's a lot more to me than just my grandfather's son.
The biggest catfish ever in the Osage River
Was hooked and delivered by my old Uncle John
Oh yeah, gather 'round, people,
I'm a-gonna tell you 'bout my old Uncle John
ooh-hoo! We're gonna sit and drink a few
Before I move along.

Originally Performed by: Lawrence Hammond
Album: Coyote's Dream
Lyrics By: Lawrence Hammond

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