"Uncle Frank" as written by and Patterson Hood John Cooley....
They powered up the city with hydro-electric juice.
Now we got more electricity than we can ever use.
They flooded out the hollow
And all the folks down there moved out, but they
Got paid so there ain't nothin' else to think about.

Some of them made their living cutting the timber down,
Snaking it one log at
A time up the hill and into town.
T.V.A. had a way to clear it off real fast.
Lots of men and machinary,
Build a dam and drown the rest.

Uncle Frank lived in a cabin down on Cedar Creek,
Bought fifteen acres when he
Got back home from overseas.
Fifteen rocky acres, figured noone else would
Want, till all that backed up water had to have some place to go.

Uncle Frank couldn't read or write.
Never held down a job, or needed one inhis life.
They assured him there'd be work for him in town building cars.
It's already going down.

The cars never came to town
And the roads never got built and the price of all
That power kept on going straight uphill.
The banks around the hollow sold for
Lake-front property where Doctors,
Lawyers, and
Musicians teach their kids to waterski.

Uncle Frank couldn't read or write
So there was no note or letter found where
He died. Just a rope around his neck
And the kitchen table turned on it's side

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"Uncle Frank" as written by John Michael Cooley


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    General CommentAnother amazing DBT song. I can't believe this band isn't the biggest in the world with songs like this. It's pretty self explanatory; TVA and broken promises and the effects it had on Uncle tom
    sputty3204on May 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI love this song so much. It's so gorgeous, but depressing.

    Those last few lines get me every time.
    withinyourreachon November 24, 2014   Link
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    General Comment"Got back home from overseas."
    The only reason a illiterate Alabama farm boy like Uncle Frank would be overseas is to fight in a war - probably WW1.

    The dam in question is likely Wheeler Dam (completed 1936) or perhaps Guntersville Dam (completed 1939) both of which were constructed by the TVA during the Depression and flooded a significant amount of Alabama farmland.
    Sarumanon November 02, 2015   Link

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