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Ricky Skaggs performs "Uncle Penn"

Ricky Skaggs performs "Uncle Penn"

"Uncle Pen" is a song written and originally recorded by bluegrass legend Bill Monroe. Besides Monroe, the song was recorded by Porter Wagoner in 1956, Goose Creek Symphony in 1971, Michael Nesmith of "The Monkees" in 1973 on his solo album Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash, and Ricky Skaggs in 1984. "Uncle Pen" was Ricky Skaggs' ninth number one single on the country chart. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of thirteen weeks on the country chart. Bill Monroe played a character named "Uncle Pen" disappointed at the citification of Ricky Skaggs in the 1985 video for "Country Boy". The improvisational-rock band Phish has performed their cover version of Uncle Pen over 200 times in the band's 30-year career. 

Ricky Skaggs - Uncle Penn lyrics

 

Oh, the people would come from far away,

To dance all night to the break of day.

When the caller would holler: "Do Si Do",

They knew Uncle Pen was ready to go.

Late in the evening, about sundown,

High on the hill, an' above the town,

Uncle Pen played the fiddle, Lord, how it rang,

You could hear it talk, you could hear it sing!

Well, he played an old tune they called the "Soldier's Joy",

And he played the one they called the "Boston Boy".

Greatest of all was the "Jennie Lynn",

To me, that's where the fiddlin' begins.

Late in the evening, about sundown,

High on the hill, an' above the town,

Uncle Pen played the fiddle, Lord, how it rang,

You could hear it talk, you could hear it sing

I'll never forget that mournful day

When old Uncle Pen was called away,

He hung up his fiddle and he hung up his bow,

And he knew it was time for him to go.

Late in the evening, about sundown,

High on the hill, an' above the town,

Uncle Pen played the fiddle, Lord, how it rang,

You could hear it talk, you could hear it sing

Late in the evening, about sundown,

High on the hill, an' above the town,

Uncle Pen played the fiddle, Lord, how it rang,

You could hear it talk, you could hear it sing

 


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