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190 AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS
Some playin' cards and some shakin' dice
And lots of half dollars that looked very nice;
I finally strayed to a table at last
Where all the poor suckers did seem to stick fast.
And there stood a man with cards in his hand, And these were the words which he did command, "Now, gents, the winning card is the ace, I guess you will know it if I show you its face."
One corner turned down, it's plain to be seen, I looked at that fellow and thought he was green, Yes I looked at that feller and thought he was green, One corner turned down, 'twas so plain to be seen.
So I bet all my money and lo and behold! 'Twas a tray-spot of clubs and he took all my gold. Then I went home and crawled into bed And the divil a word to my wife ever said.
'Twas early next morning I felt for my purse Biting my lips to keep down a curse; Yes, 'twas early next morning as the sun did rise You might have seen with your two blessed eyes,
In an ox wagon, 'twas me and my wife
Goin' down the Platte river for death or for life.