Roving Gambler

Composer: Traditional


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Played by the Hart Valley Drifters at the College of San Mateo in San Mateo on November 10th 1962.

The lyrics of the version played by the Hart Valley Drifters are as follows;

I am a roving gambler,
I've gambled all around,
Wherever I meet with a deck of cards,
I lay my money down.

Lay my money down, lay my money down.

Had not been in (?),
Many more weeks but three,
When I fell in love with a pretty girl,
And she fell in love with me.

Fell in love with me, fell in love with me.

She took me to her parlor,
Cooled me with a fan,
Whispered low in her mother's ear,
I love that gambling man.

Love that gambling man, love that gambling man.

Oh, daughter, oh, dear daughter,
How can you treat me so,
To leave your dear old mother,
And with a gambling man go.

With a gambling man go, with a gambling man go.

Oh, mother, oh, mother,
I'll tell you if I can,
If you ever see me coming back,
It'll be with a gambling man.

With a gambling man, with a gambling man.

I hear a train a-coming,
Coming round the curve,
Whistling and a-blowing,
And straining every nerve.

Straining every nerve, straining every nerve.

I am a roving gambler,
I've gambled all around,
Wherever I meet with a deck of cards,
I lay my money down.

Lay my money down, lay my money down.

The song may Also be known as Roving Journeyman ; Gambler's Dying Words ; Mary Phagin ; Roving Moonshiner.