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(Jim Ringer/Mary McCaslin)

I'll tell you 'bout a gambler, folks, Jim Weaver was his name
I don't know where he came from; gambling was his trade
Ride in here close beside me; I'll tell you 'bout a game
Damndest game I ever did in all my years see played

Some said they'd seen him play before, down on the Barbary Coast
He said it might be true enough; he'd gambled all around
Lost his stake to a Jack-high straight, down at Sutter's Post
But he'd kept a little poke, in case of a game within our town

   And a lady loves a gambler, running loose, roaming free
   And I felt my heart beat faster when I turned around to see
   He was looking hard at me

The game was held in Daddy's tent -- an honest man, you know
And all the boys in town were set to take Jim Weaver's poke
For digging gold is hard as Hell, and panning is too slow
And I saw Jim Weaver smiling, small, at some little private joke

By midnight he had all the gold the boys in town had saved
And they never caught him cheating, though they watched him all the while
And he never lost a single hand in any game he played
And he never lost a dollar, and he never lost his smile

   And a lady loves a gambler, smiling free, smiling wide
   And I knew I'd never rest 'til I was smiling by his side
   Smiling as we ride

When all the gold they'd got was gone, they wanted still to play
So they asked Jim Weaver what was left to gamble in the game
He said he'd cut high cards, one time, and if he lost, he'd pay
But if he won, they had to swear to give the town his name

And he told my Daddy he would bet ten dollars on the side
And I could be my Daddy's stake, if I did so agree
And I rode out of Weaverville next morning as his bride
And left the town that bears the name of the gambling man -- and me

   For a lady loves a gambler; if he cheats it's just the same
   And no one saw me slip to him the ace that won the game
   And gave the town our name
   And gave the town our name

copyright Jim Ringer, Mary McCaslin

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