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DEUCES WILD (Barr / Laine / Oatman) Frankie Laine - 1962 (Deuces wild, deuces wild) He came my way to play the game (Up and down the river, lookin' all the while) For a man who plays poker with deuces wild (He's the man who plays poker with deuces wild) When I was just a lad, before I turned bad No more than the age of ten I heard my poor Ma, pleading with my Pa "Please don't go gamblin' again" Well-known in New Orleans, and along the river streams As destiny's gamblin' child And tattooed on his arm he had a good luck charm The words were deuces wild Deuces wild, deuces wild He came my way to play the game (He's the man who plays poker with deuces wild) Soon he disappeared, and then through the years My ma slowly died in shame And so as I was leavin', I swore that I'd get even With him who gave me my name So I began to deal on the Memphis Keel Who's captain sure liked my style Revenge was in my will, I had to find and kill The man with deuces wild Cut a card, played it hard Makin' myself a name (He's the man who plays poker with deuces wild) Many years had past, and I lived 'em fast My search set my soul on fire They knew me up and down in every levee town As one with a crazy desire And with my own two hands, I had to break the man Who gambled with such a smile I would put a bullet through the man with that tattoo Who sure loved deuces wild Up and down the river Looking all the while For a man who plays poker with deuces wild (He's the man who plays poker with deuces wild) One day I played a hand with killer Fitzy Dan Who came up from Mobile way When he saw he was beaten, he said that I was cheatin' His gun quickly pushed the cards away As I heard the bullets scream, an old Jim stepped between He looked up and smiled, then died And tattoed on his arm, I saw a good luck charm The words were deuces wild Deuces wild, deuces wild He came my way to play the game Cut a card, played it hard Makin' myself a name Up and down the river Lookin' all the while For a man who plays poker with deuces wild (Transcribed by Monique Adriaansen & Mel Priddle - April 2004)

    


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