The Songs He Sang
Roving Gambler: Lyrics
As performed by Cisco Houston
I am a roving gambler And I gamble down in town And whenever I meet with the deck of cards I lay my money down, boys, I lay my money down Well I gambled up in Washington I have gambled up in Maine I'm on my way to Georgia To knock down my last game To knock down my last game Well, I had not been in Washington Many more weeks than three When I fell in love with a pretty little girl She fell in love with me And she fell in love with me She took me in her parlor And she cooled me with her fan She whispered low in mama's ear "I love this gambling man, Ma, I love this gambling man" "Oh daughter my dear daughter How can you treat me so And leave your dear old mama And with this gambler go And with this gambler go?" She said "Mother my dear mother you know I love you well But the love I hold for the gambling man no human tongue can tell, Ma No human tongue can tell" "Well, I wouldn't marry a farmer He's always in the rain I'd rather marry a gambling man with a big old watch and chain, Ma with a big old watch and chain" "And I wouldn't marry a railroad man And the reason I'll tell you why I never did see a railroad man who wouldn't tell his wife a lie, Ma wouldn't tell his wife a lie" Well I hear a train a coming, She's a coming round the curve Whistlin' and a blowin' and A strainin' every nerve And strainin' every nerve So it's good-bye good-bye mama, I'll tell you if I can If you ever see me coming home again It'll be with the gambling man, Ma It'll be with the gambling man
A tentative and almost sorrowful Cisco records what will be, in one form or another, a near theme song.