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Roving Gambler 1

Dean Manuel, Bobby Dyson


6 Nov 1991
cd imgGOLDEN VANITY (T-238)
cd imgYOU DON'T KNOW ME (T-309)

  Live, Southbbend, IN - 6.nov.1991  

I am a roving gambler, I gamble all around
Whenever I meet with a deck of cards I lay my money down.

I've gambled down in Washington, I've gambled over in Spain
I'm goin' down to Georgia to gamble my last game.

I had not been in Washington not many more weeks than three
When I fell in love with a pretty little gal, she fell in love with me.

She took me to her parlor, she cooled me with her fan
She whispered low in her mother's ear, "I love that gambling man.''

"Oh daughter, oh dear daughter, how can you treat me so?
To leave your dear old mother, and with a gambler go?''

"Oh mother, oh dear mother, you know I love you well
But the love I have for this gambling man, no human tongue can tell.''

"I would not marry a farmer, he's always in the dirt
The man I want is a gambling man who wears a silken shirt.''

"I would not marry a railroad man, I'll tell you the reason why
I never knew a railroad man wouldn't tell his wife a lie.''

"I would not marry a cowboy, he's always in the rain
The man I want is a gambling man who wears a golden chain.''

"I hear that train a-coming, it's a-coming 'round the curve
A-whistling and a-blowing and a-straining every nerve."

"Oh mother, oh dear mother, I'll tell you if I can
If you ever see me back again, it'll be with that gambling man.''  up
    

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Roving Gambler 2


17 Dec 1997
cd imgLOVE SICK CD 2 (CD EP single)

  Live, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles CA - 17.dec.1997  

I am a rovin' gambler, I've gambled all around
Wherever I meet with a deck of cards, I lay my money down.

I gambled up in Washington, gambled over in Spain
I'm on my way to Frisco town to knock down my last game.

I had not been in 'Frisco, many more days than three
I fell in love with a pretty little girl and she fell in love with me.

She took me in her parlor, she cooled me with a fan
She whispered low in her mama's ear "I love this gamblin' man."

"Daughter, Oh! dear daughter, how could you treat me so?
And leave your dear old mother and with a gambler go?"

"Mother, Oh dear mother, I'll tell you if I can
If you ever see my face again, I'll be with the gamblin' man."

I left her in 'Frisco, I went up to Maine
Then I met with a gamblin' man and then we got into a poker game.

He put some money in the pot, passed the cards around
I saw him deal from the bottom of the deck so I shot the gambler down.

Now I'm down in prison, I got a number for a name
The warden said as he closed the door you've gambled your last game.
    

 Recording dates & record list

May 1960 I WAS SO MUCH YOUNGER THEN Vol. 2 (Ten Thousand For A Tape) (b)
6 Nov 1991 1 GOLDEN VANITY (b)
YOU DON'T KNOW ME (b)
17 Dec 1997 2 LOVE SICK CD 2 (single)