RAMBLING GAMBLER
         
It occurred to me that, since I had stolen the
                    old Roving Gambler melody for my song
                   "Sing to Me of Cowboys", I couldn't leave
                      the old guy without something to sing...

I live by my gambling;   I ramble all around;
I gamble in cities,   and in one-horse towns;
I ride in at sunset,   and I ride out at dawn;
If you'll deal me in, boys,   I'll lay money down.

I won big in Deadwood;  I lost in Silverton;
I gambled in Tombstone,  all night until dawn;
A man said I cheated, and so I gunned him down;
I win some,  I lose some;  I've cheated no one.

When I was much younger,  down in New Orleans town,
I met a fair lady,  and tried settling down;
But aces and queens are my blo-od and my bones;
She woke up one morning,  and she was alone.

I live by my gambling;  I ramble all around;
I gamble in cities, and in one-horse towns;
I know I'll be gambling, and ridin' thru the west,
'til I pay a hand dealt    by old grinnin' death.

                      
Melody :  Traditional,  "Cruel War"
                               Lyric:  Dean Elkins,  Frayed Train Music, 2002.
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