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If I Lose
I can't walk, neither can I talk
Came all the way from
I the state of old New York
V                         I
One morning before day
If I lose, let me lose
V                             I
I don't care how much I lose I If I lose a hundred dollars
IV while I'm tryin' to win a dime
V                                                        I
for my baby, she needs money all the time
Flossie, oh Flossie, now what is the matter Walked all the way from old Cincinatti One morning before day
The blood was a-runnin', and I was runnin' too Give my feet some exercise, I had nothing else to do One morning before day
See them pretty girls standing by the tanks Waiting on the freight train they call old Nancy hanks One morning before day
In "If I lose" the chord progression is pretty standard so you shouldn't have too much trouble with it. The tricky part of this song is the phrasing of the lyrics. Once you figure out the measures of the tune you have to stick to it. Don't add a measure to a couple of verses so you can fit the words in.