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Roving Gambler

Composer: Traditional


Recordings

no info George Reneau, 1925
no info Welby Toomey, 192?
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info This Lusty Land, Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1955
info Gambling Songs, Logan English, 1957
info The New Lost City Ramblers, The New Lost City Ramblers, 1958
info Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, Everly Brothers, 1958
info Songs for Rounders, Hank Thompson, 1959
info Country Songs Old & New, The Country Gentlemen, 1960
no info EP, Rusty York and the Kentucky Mountain Boys, 1961
info A Treasure Chest of American Folk Song, Ed McCurdy, 1961
no info Brothers Four Greatest Hits, Brothers Four, 1962
info Folk Songs of the Everly Brothers, Everly Brothers, 1962
info Folk Music of Washington Square, Various Artists (Alice L. McKillen), 1962
info Jack Elliott, Jack Elliott, 1964
info American Folk Singers And Balladeers, Various Artists (Jack Elliott), 1964
info Let's Sing Out, Various Artists (New Christy Minstrels), 1964
info Folk Jamboree, Various Artists (The Banjo Barons), 1965
info Hootenanny Special, Various Artists (New Christy Minstrels), 1965
no info Old Times and Hard Times, Hedy West, 1967
no info Ballads and Songs of the Blue Ridge Mountains - Persistence and Change, Various Artists (Hobart Delp, Larry Delp, Joe Kyles), 1968
no info At the hungry I, Gateway Singers, 196?
info Legendary Stanley Brothers Recorded Live, Stanley Brothers, 1970
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info Sparklin' Bluegrass, Larry Sparks and The Lonesome Ramblers, 1975
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no info Marty Robbins Files, Vol. 5 - 1958, 1959, 1962, Marty Robbins, 1984
no info Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Been, Spider John Koerner, 1986
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info Stanley Series, Vol. 2 #3, Stanley Brothers, 1986
no info Bristol Sessions. Vol 1, Blue Ridge Corn Shuckers, 1987
no info Songs For Rounders, Hank Thompson, 1987
no info Country Best, Dave Dudley, 1988
no info Classic Bluegrass, Larry Sparks, 1989
no info Kenny Hall and the Long Haul String Band, Kenny Hall and the Long Haul String Band, 198?
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info Classic Everly Brothers, Everly Brothers, 1992
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no info Family Songs and Stories From The North Carolina Mountains, Doug and Jack Wallin, 1995
info Appalachian Stomp: Bluegrass Classics, Various Artists (Country Gentlemen), 1995
info Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1: 1925-1926, Kelly Harrell, 1998
info Race You to the Sun, Zelig, 1998
no info Classic Bluegrass, Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, 199?
no info The Complete Kelly Harrell, Vol. 1, Kelly Harrell, 19??
no info The First Singing Cowboy On Records, Vernon Dalhart, 19??
no info Single, Benny & Vallie Cain and the Country Clan, 19??
info Doc Watson at Gerdes Folk City, Doc Watson, 2001
info The Complete Cadence Recordings: 1957-1960, The Everly Brothers, 2001
info Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3: 1928-1929, The Skillet Lickers, 2001
info Lonesome Valley, Various Artists (Country Gentlemen), 2002
info Buffalo Skinners, Rob McNurlin, 2004
info Worried Blues, Frank Hutchison and Kelly Harrell, 2005
info Classic Bluegrass From Smithsonian Folkways, Vol. 2, Various Artists (Country Gentlemen), 2005
info The Best of Mac Wiseman: Essential Original Masters, Mac Wiseman, 2006
info Classic Bluegrass Collection, Vols. 1-4, Various Artists (Peter Rowan), 2007
info Is It True?, The Dwyers, 2008
info Twice Upon a Time, The Kingston Trio, 2008
info Drive-Time Bluegrass, Various Artists (Larry Sparks), 2009

Notes

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.