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The Card Cheat

There's a solitary man cryin', "Hold me"

It's only because he's a'lonely

And if the keeper of time runs slowly

He won't be alive for long!


If he only had time to tell of all of the things he planned

With a card up his sleeve, what would he achieve?

It means nothin'


To the opium dens and the barroom gin

In the Belmont chair playing violin

The gambler's face cracks into a grin

As he lays down the king of spades


But the dealer just stares

"There's something wrong here", he thinks

The gambler is seized and forced to his knees

And shot dead


He only wanted more time

Away from the darkest door

But his luck it gave in

As the dawn light crept in

And he lay on the floor


From the Hundred Year War to the Crimea

With a lance and a musket and a Roman spear

To all of the men who have stood with no fear

In the service of the King


Before you met your fate be sure you

Did not forsake

Your lover

May not be around anymore