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Rambling, Gambling Willie 1

(Gamblin' Willie's Dead Man's Hand)

Bob Dylan © 1962 Duchess Music Corp., 1965 Music Corp. of America

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


Feb 1962
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 9 THE WITMARK DEMOS
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG (T-286)
cd imgIN THE PINES (T-645)

  Leeds Music demo, NYC - february 1962  

Come around your rovin' gamblers an' a story i will tell
About the greatest gambler, you all should know him well
His name was Willie O'Conley an' he gambled all his life
He had twenty seven children, yet he never had a wife.
An' it's ride, Willie ride, roll, Willie roll
Wherever you're a-gamblin' now, nobody really knows.

Well he gambled in the White House an' in the railroad yards
Wherever there was people, there was Willie an' his cards
He had the reputation as the gamblin'est man around
Wives would keep their husbands home when Willie came to town.
An' it's ride, Willie ride, roll, Willie roll
Wherever you're a-gamblin' now, nobody really knows.

Sailin' down the Mississippi to a town called New Orleans
They're still talkin' about that card game on that Jackson River Queen
"I've come to win some money", gamblin' Willie says
When the game finally ended up, the whole damn boat was his.
An' it's ride, Willie ride, roll, Willie roll
Wherever you're a-gamblin' now, nobody really knows.

Up in the Rocky mountains in a town called Cripple Creek
There was an all night poker game, lasted about a week
Nine hundred miners had laid their money down
When Willie finally left the room, he owned the whole damn town.
An' it's ride, Willie ride, roll, Willie roll
Wherever you're a-gamblin' now, nobody really knows.

But Willie had a heart of gold an' this i know is true
He supported all his children an' all their mothers too
He wore no rings or fancy things, like other gamblers wore
He spread his money far an' wide to help the sick an' the poor.
An' it's ride, Willie ride, roll, Willie roll
Wherever you're a-gamblin' now, nobody really knows.

When you played your cards with Willie you never really new
Whether he was bluffin' or whether he was true
He won a fortune from a man who folded in his chair
The man he left a diamond flush, Willie didn't even have a pair.
An' it's ride, Willie ride, roll, Willie roll
Wherever you're a-gamblin' now, nobody really knows.

It was late one evenin' during a poker game
A man lost all his money, he said Willie was to blame
He shot poor Willie thru the head, which was a tragic fate
Willie's cards fell on the floor, they were aces backed with eights.
An' it's ride, Willie ride, roll, Willie roll
Wherever you're a-gamblin' now, nobody really knows.

So all you rovin' gamblers wherever you might be
The moral of this story is very plain to see
Make your money while you can before you have to stop
For when you pull that dead man's hand, your gamblin' days are up.
An' it's ride, Willie ride, roll, Willie roll
Wherever you're a-gamblin' now, nobody really knows.  up
    

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Rambling, Gambling Willie 2


24 Apr 1962
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 1
cd imgGREAT WHITE WONDER Part 2 (vinyl bootleg)

  The Freewhelin' Bob Dylan session 1, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 24.apr.1962, take 4, CO70087-4  

Come around your rovin' gamblers an' a story i will tell
About the greatest gambler, you all should know him well
His name was Willie O'Conley an' he gambled all his life
He had twenty seven children, yet he never had a wife.
An' it's ride, Willie ride, roll, Willie roll
Wherever you're a-gamblin' now, nobody knows.

Well he gambled in the White House an' in the railroad yards
Wherever there was people, there was Willie an' his cards
He had the reputation as the gamblin'est man around
Wives would keep their husbands home when Willie came to town.
An' it's ride, Willie ride, roll, Willie roll
Wherever you're a-gamblin' now, nobody knows.

Sailin' down the Mississippi to a town called New Orleans
They're still talkin' about that card game on that Jackson Queen
"I've come to win some money", gamblin' Willie says
When the game finally ended up, the whole damn boat was his.
An' it's ride, Willie ride, roll, Willie roll
Wherever you're a-gamblin' now, nobody knows.

Up in the Rocky mountains in a town called Cripple Creek
There was an all night poker game, lasted about a week
Nine hundred miners had laid their money down
When Willie finally left the room, he owned the whole damn town.
An' it's ride, Willie ride, roll, Willie roll
Wherever you're a-gamblin' now, nobody knows.

But Willie had a heart of gold an' this i know is true
He supported all his children an' all their mothers too
He wore no rings or fancy things, like other gamblers wore
He spread his money far an' wide to help the sick an' poor.
An' it's ride, Willie ride, roll, Willie roll
Wherever you're a-gamblin' now, nobody knows.

When you played your cards with Willie you never really new
Whether he was bluffin' or whether he was true
He won a fortune from a man who folded in his chair
The man he left a diamond flush, Willie didn't even have a pair.
An' it's ride, Willie ride, roll, Willie roll
Wherever you're a-gamblin' now, nobody knows.

It was late one evenin' during a poker game
A man lost all his money, he said Willie was to blame
He shot poor Willie thru the head, which was a tragic fate
Willie's cards fell on the floor, they were aces backed with eights.
An' it's ride, Willie ride, roll, Willie roll
Wherever you're a-gamblin' now, nobody knows.

So all you ramblin' gamblers wherever you might be
The moral of this story is very plain to see
Make your money while you can before you have to stop
For when you pull that dead man's hand, your gamblin' days are up.
An' it's ride, Willie ride, roll, Willie roll
Wherever you're a-gamblin' now, nobody knows.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

Feb 1962 1 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 9 THE WITMARK DEMOS
THE BOOTLEG (b)
IN THE PINES (b)
24 Apr 1962 2 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 1
GREAT WHITE WONDER Part 2 (vb)
24 Apr 1962 THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION #2
THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION