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 #15331  by st. stephen
 Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:14 am
i found two different versions, one from deadstein
http://www.deadstein.com/music/Me%20and ... e.htm[url]
and an other:
http://www.rockmagic.net/guitar-tabs/gr ... _uncle.tab
and the chord changes are totally different, so i wanted to know how you play it...
thanks :D [/url]

 #15332  by lostsailor8782
 Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:21 am
intro Em B Em

G EM

A G F#m Em B EM

 #15336  by strumminsix
 Thu Apr 19, 2007 9:32 am
The intro has changed over the years:

Some stay on Em for 4 barres then to G.
Others bop from Em to B back to Em like the turnaround.

I play it close to DeadStein with the following diff's:
1 - I walk up from the G to the A
2 - After the A I add a Asus4 for flavor
3 - I play a B instead of the F#m

 #15365  by Billbbill
 Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:01 pm
I play like a dis

Intro
Em---B-Em

Verse
G-Em 3x

G-G#-A-G-A

G--B--Em---B-Em

I sub B7 for B here and there.

 #15381  by st. stephen
 Fri Apr 20, 2007 5:40 am
ok thanks guys you helped a lot :cool:

 #15384  by strumminsix
 Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:56 am
Don't forget that earlier versions started by holding an Em for a 4 bars and then going right into the G. As you fully explore this tune this is a great variation on the standard we came to expect for most of their touring.

 #15388  by st. stephen
 Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:35 am
So that should be correct no? If not please correct me...

Em B Em
G Em
Me and my uncle went ridin' down,
G Em
South Colorado, West Texas bound.
G Em
We stopped over in Santa Fe,
G G# A
That bein' the point just about half way, G A
G B Em
And you know it was the hottest part of the day.

Em B Em

 #15390  by strumminsix
 Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:49 am
st. stephen wrote:So that should be correct no? If not please correct me...

Em B Em
G Em
Me and my uncle went ridin' down,
G Em
South Colorado, West Texas bound.
G Em
We stopped over in Santa Fe,
G G# A
That bein' the point just about half way, G A
G B Em
And you know it was the hottest part of the day.

Em B Em
Close, here is how I'd do this version:
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Em B Em
G                           Em
Me and my uncle went ridin' down,
G                          Em
South Colorado, West Texas bound.
G                        Em
We stopped over in Santa Fe,
G                                G#  A   Asus4 A (or D)
That bein' the point just about half way, 
G                       B                   Em
And you know it was the hottest part of the day.

Em B Em
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 #15392  by shakedown_04092
 Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:14 am
For the hell of it:
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Me & My Uncle

Intro: Em B Em 

G                           Em 
Me and my uncle went ridin' down, 
G                          Em 
South Colorado, West Texas bound. 
G                        Em 
We stopped over in Santa Fe, 
G                                G#  A   Asus4 A (or D) 
That bein' the point just about half way, 
G                       B                   Em 
And you know it was the hottest part of the day. 

Verse ending: Em B Em

Well I took the horses, up to the stall
Went to the ballroom, ordered drinks for all
Few 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 dusty dirt

West Texas cowboys, they’s all around
With liquor and money, they slowed us down
So soon after payday, though it seemed a shame
You know my uncle, he starts a friendly game
And a hi-lo Jack and the winner take the hand


Instrumental over 2 verses


My uncle started winnin’, cowboys got sore
One of them called in, and then two more
Accused him of cheatin’, whoa no it just 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
Well I shot him down Lord, he never saw
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

Now I love them cowboys, and 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 down by the side of the road

 #15406  by st. stephen
 Fri Apr 20, 2007 2:48 pm
yeah that's great thanks for your help :thewave:

 #15413  by Dozin
 Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:36 pm
If your playing it like Bob, play all the chords on the 7th fret too, except the A :wink:

 #15431  by strumminsix
 Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:21 pm
Dozin wrote:If your playing it like Bob, play all the chords on the 7th fret too, except the A :wink:
Totally agree and that's how I play it!

FTR I do the A as well of the 7th when I'm playing in an arrangement without a keyboardist.

 #15595  by ronster
 Wed Apr 25, 2007 10:09 pm
Am I the only one that hears the song this way? Just not hearing the G chord in the "And you know.." part that you guys posted. Did they change the chord structure when they switched from the older C Am version? Always played it this way so maybe that's why it just sounds right to me. Not that it matters but what key is the song in G or E? I don't recall minor keys (Em) in my limited study of music theory. I play my leads in a G blues scale (same as E minor).
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Em B Em 
(E F F#)  G          (D D#) Em 
Me and my uncle went ridin' down, 
(E F F#)  G          (D D#) Em
South Colorado, West Texas bound. 
(E F F#)   G         (D D#) Em 
We stopped over  in   Santa Fe, 
(E F F#)   G           ( G F# G G# ) A     
That bein' the point just about half way, 
Em                      B                   Em 
And you know it was the hottest part of the day. 
Em  B  Em

 #15598  by Dozin
 Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:57 am
ronster wrote:>Am I the only one that hears the song this way?

Yes, I believe so.


>Just not hearing the G chord in the "And you know.." part that you guys posted.

Are you playing that G chord on the 7th fret?

Did they change the chord structure when they switched from the older C Am version? Always played it this way so maybe that's why it just sounds right to me. Not that it matters but what key is the song in G or E? I don't recall minor keys (Em) in my limited study of music theory. I play my leads in a G blues scale (same as E minor).

This is the only video I could find on the net to show a good example of how to hold the chords. http://youtube.com/watch?v=FpAWhb_UOZg

I've seen bobby do a A7 slide on the fifth fret also

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Em B Em 
(E F F#)  G          (D D#) Em 
Me and my uncle went ridin' down, 
(E F F#)  G          (D D#) Em
South Colorado, West Texas bound. 
(E F F#)   G         (D D#) Em 
We stopped over  in   Santa Fe, 
(E F F#)   G           ( G F# G G# ) A     
That bein' the point just about half way, 
Em                      B                   Em 
And you know it was the hottest part of the day. 
Em  B  Em
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 #15599  by st. stephen
 Thu Apr 26, 2007 5:11 am
i believe that part after "that beein the point just about half way", where some wrote Asus4 A, it could be a slide from G# to A like this:
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      G                G#   A     
...the point just about half way

(/) Slide Up  
   A    G#   A
E|-9----8-/--9----9-------
B|-10---9-/--10---10------
G|-9----8-/--9----9-------
D|-11---10/--11---11------......
A|------------------------
E|------------------------
				
and you know it was the hottest part of the day