Roving Gambler 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." Recorded by Cisco Huston, Dyer-Bennett DT #645 Laws H4 RG
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