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SUMMER WAGES (Ian Tyson) Ian & Sylvia - 1967 George Hamilton IV - 1969 David Bromberg Band - 1977 Bobby Bare - 1981 Tony Rice - 1988 Bill Morrissey & Greg Brown - 1993 Chesapeake - 1994 Nanci Griffith - 1998 Never hit seventeen when you play against the dealer For you know that the odds won't ride with you And never leave your woman alone when your friends are out to steal her Years are gambled and gone like summer wages And we'll keep rollin' on till we get to Vancouver And the woman that I love who's livin' there It's been six long months and more since I've seen her Maybe gambled and gone like summer wages In all the beer bars all down along Young Street The dreams of the seasons are all spilled out on the floor All the big stands of timber just waitin' for fallin' And the hookers standing watchfully, waiting by the door So I'll work on the towboats with my slippery city shoes Which I swore I would never do again Through the grey fog-bound straits where the cedars stand watchin' I'll be far off and gone like summer wages In all the beer bars all down along Young Street The dreams of the seasons are all spilled out on the floor All the big stands of timber just waitin' for fallin' And the hookers standing watchfully, waiting by the door So never hit seventeen when you play against the dealer For you know that the odds won't ride with you And never leave your woman alone when your friends are out to steal her Years are gambled and lost like summer wages Years are gambled and lost like summer wages **George Hamilton IV sang a different last verse: She's a woman so fine I may never try to find her For good mem'ries are what we had before They should never be chained, for they're all that I'll take with me Now I've gambled and lost my summer wages Years are gambled and lost like summer wages (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - December 2013)

    


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