Roving Gambler

As performed by Bob Dylan on the Love Sick single (El Rey Theatre, LA, USA, Dec 17 1997)
Recorded and arranged by Hank Thompson
Submitted by Amelia Cruz with corrections by Eyolf Østrem


G
 I am a rovin' gambler, I've gambled all around

Wherever I meet with a deck of cards
  C            G
I lay my money down
                             (C)   G
(I Lay my money down; Lay my money down.)

I gambled up in Washington, gambled over in Spain
I'm on my way to Frisco town
to knock down my last game
(knock down my last game; knock down my last game)

I had not been in 'Frisco, many more days than three
I fell in love with a pretty little girl
And she fell in love with me
(Fell in love with me; Fell in love with me.)

She took me in her parlor, she cooled me with a fan
She whispered low in her mama's ear
"I love this gamblin' man."
("Love this gamelin' man."; "Love this gamblin' man.")

"Daughter, Oh! dear daughter, how could you treat me so?
And leave your dear old mother
And with a gambler go?"
("With a gambler go?"; "With a gambler go?")

"Mother, Oh dear mother, I'll tell you if I can
If you ever see my face again,
I'll be with the gamblin' man"
("be with the gamblin' man"; "be with the gamblin' man")

I left her in 'Frisco, I went up to Maine
then I met with a gamblin' man
and then we got into a poker game
(Got into a poker game; We got into a poker game.)

He put some money in the pot, passed the cards around
I saw him deal from the bottom of the deck
So I shot the gambler down
(Shot the gambler down; Shot the gambler down.)

Now I'm down in prison, I got a number for a name
The warden said as he closed the door
You've gambled your last game
(Gambled your last game; Gambled your last game.)