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American Ballads and Folk Songs
I am a roving gambler, I've gambled 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 on my way to Georgia to knock down my last game.
I had not been in Washington many more weeks than three,
Till I fell in love with a pretty little girl, and she fell in love with me j
She took me in her parlor, she cooled me with her fan.
She whispered low in her mother's ears, "I love this gambling man."
"Oh, daughter, oh, dear daughter, how could 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 hold for this gambling man no human tongue can tell.
"I wouldn't marry a farmer, for he's always in the rain;
The man I want to marry is the gambling man who wears the big gold
chain. I wouldn't marry a doctor, he is always gone from home; All I want is the gambling man, for he won't leave me alone.
"I wouldn't marry a railroad man, and this is the reason why, I never seen a railroad man that wouldn't tell his wife a lie. I hear the train a-coming, she's coming around the curve, Whistling and a-blowing and straining every nerve.
"Oh, mother, oh, dear mother, I'll tell you if I can
If you ever see me coming back, I'll be with the gambling man."