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Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts

Artist:Joan Baez  Album:Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts  Writer:Unknown  Composer:DYLAN BOB 

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The festival was over and the boys were all planning for a fall The cabaret was quiet except for the drilling in the wall The curfew had been lifted and the gambling wheel shut down Anyone with any sense had already left town He was standing in the doorway lookin' like the Jack of Hearts He moved across the mirrored room, "Set 'em up for everyone", he said Then everyone commenced to do what They've been doin' before he moved their heads He walked up to a stranger and he asked him with a grin "Would you kindly tell me, Mister, what time the show begins?" He moved into the corner, face down like the Jack of Hearts Backstage the girls were playin' five-card stud by the stairs Lily had two queens and she was hopin' for a third to match her pair Outside the streets were fillin' up and the window was open wide The gentle breeze was blowin', you could feel it from inside Lily called another bet and drew up the Jack of Hearts Big Jim was no one's fool, he owned the town's only diamond mine He made his usual entrance lookin' oh, so dandy and so fine With his bodyguards and his silver cane and every hair in place He took whatever he wanted to and he laid it all to waste But his bodyguards and his silver cane They were no match for the Jack of Hearts Rosemary combed her hair and took a carriage into town She slipped in through the side door lookin' like a queen without a crown She fluttered her false eyelashes and whispered in his ear "I'm sorry, darlin', that I'm late", but he didn't seem to hear He was staring into space over at the Jack of Hearts Well, I know I've seen that face somewhere Big Jim was thinkin' to himself Maybe down in Mexico or a picture up on somebody's shelf But then the crowd began to stamp their feet And the house lights did dim And in the darkness of the room there was only Jim and him Starin' at the butterfly who just drew up the Jack of Hearts Lily was a princess, she was fair-skinned and precious as a child She had that certain something It was a kind of a flash every time she smiled She'd come away from a broken home, had lots of strange affairs With men in every walk of life who took her everywhere But she'd never met anyone quite like the Jack of Hearts The hangin' judge came in unnoticed and was being wined and dined The drilling in the wall kept up but no one seemed to pay it any mind It was known all around that Lily had Jim's ring And nothin' could ever come between Lily and the king No, nothing ever could except maybe the Jack of Hearts


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