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Joe Offer Origins: Uncle Sam (Norman Blake) (8) ADD: Uncle Sam (Norman Blake) 18 Dec 20


Kosciusko, Mississippi is the birthplace of James Meredith and Oprah Winfrey. The population was 7,402 at the 2010 census. It's not far off U.S. Highway 51, about halfway between Jackson and Greenwood, and a little to the east of Yazoo City. It's right in the middle of the Mississippi Delta, "the land where the blues began." I worked as a federal election observer in that area one November in the 1980s. Interesting area, a strange mix of wealth and poverty.

There's an interesting post here (click), with lyrics that are just a bit different.

    Blake does seem to write from his life experiences. Ginseng Sullivan was a real guy. The many places he mentions in songs are from where he grew up. So, it would not surprise me if he had an Uncle Sam in Mississippi who was a coke head, lead a brass band, and died. I looked at the words in my Blake Anthology song book to see if perhaps it was veiled statement about the USA, but it doesn't appear to be.
    For those who would like to hear the song and read the words:

    UNCLE SAM
    (Norman Blake)

    Mississippi morning, sunshine bound
    Somewhere 'round Kosciusko town
    Cocaine horse rode on the wind
    Slept* last night at the table again

    CHORUS
    Who's that yonder waving his hand?
    Calling out the orders to the big brass band
    Playing all the music fine and grand
    Let me tell you, good people, that's my Uncle Sam

    He had no friends, he had no wife
    Snow white cocaine ruled his life
    A silver cornet it was his friend
    Every** Saturday in the town square band

    Mississippi morning, sunshine bound
    Somewhere 'round Kosciusko town
    The big brass band won't play again
    But listen close to the evenin' wind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqk66kJHbh8
*I hear "He slept"
**I hear "each" Saturday.


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