Ramblin' Gamblin' Willie

Recorded by The Clancy Brothers & Robbie O'Connell on "Older But No Wiser"
Words by Bob Dylan,Music Traditional

"I met the young Dylan on 4th St. in the Village one morning as I was rushing to rehearsal 'Hey Liam, hey man. I wrote a song to the tune of Brennan on the Moor last night. Wanta hear it man?, only 15 verses man, wanna hear it'."- Liam Clancy, liner notes Van79488

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Come around you rovin' gamblers, a story we will tell

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About the greatest gambler, you all should know him well.

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His name was Willie Conley and he gambled all his life,

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He had twenty-seven children, yet he never had a wife.

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And it's ride, Willie, ride, roll, Willie, roll

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Wherever you are a-gamblin' now, nobody really knows

Sailin' down the Mississippi to a town called New Orleans,
They're was a famous card game on the Jackson River Queen.

"I've come to win some money," old Gamblin' Willie says,

When the game was ended up, the whole damn boat was his.

And it's ride, Willie, ride, roll, Willie, roll
Wherever you are a-gamblin' now, nobody really knows.

Up in the Rocky Mountains in a town called Cripple Creek,
There was an all-night poker game, lasted about a week.

Nine hundred miners had laid their money down,

When Willie finally left the room, he owned the whole damn town.

And it's ride, Willie, ride, roll, Willie, roll
Wherever you are a-gamblin' now, nobody really knows.

Now Willie had a heart of gold, and this I know is true,
He supported all his children, and all their mothers too.

He wore no rings or fancy things, like other gamblers wore,

He spread his money far and wide, to help the sick and the poor.

And it's ride, Willie, ride, roll, Willie, roll
Wherever you are a-gamblin' now, nobody really knows.

It was late one evenin' during a poker game,
A man lost all his money, he said Willie was to blame.

He shot poor Willie through the heart, it was a tragic fate,

When Willie's cards fell on the floor, they were aces backed with eights.

And it's ride, Willie, ride, roll, Willie, roll
Wherever you are a-gamblin' now, nobody really knows.

So all you rovin' gamblers, wherever you might be,
The moral of this story is very plain to see.

Make your money while you can, before you have to stop,

For when you pull that dead man's hand, your gamblin' days are up.

And it's ride, Willie, ride, roll, Willie, roll
Wherever you are a-gamblin' now, nobody really knows

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