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  • Poker Song

    This is a song from the point of view of the cards in a poker game.
    (The cards narrate.)
    (It is only funny if you play serious poker, whiskey poker, as did former President Richard M. Nixon, expletive deleted, Quaker.)

    Townes Van Zandt
    Mr. Gold And Mr. Mud (2:27)

    The wicked king of clubs awoke
    it was to his queen turned
    his lips were laughing as they spoke
    his eyes like bullets burned
    the sun's upon a gambling day
    his queen smiled low and blissfully
    let's make some wretched fool to play
    plain it was she did agree

    He send his deuce down into diamond
    his four to hart, and his trey to spade
    three kings with their legions come
    preparations soon where made
    they voted club the days commander
    gave him an army face and number
    all but the outlaw jack of diamonds
    and the aces in the sky

    He give his sevens first instructions
    spirit me a game of stud
    stakes unscarred by limitation
    'tween a man named Gold and man named Mud
    Club filled Gold with greedy vapors
    'til his long, green eyes did glow
    Mud was left with the sighs and trembles
    watching his hard earned money go

    Flushes fell on Gold like water
    tens they paired and paired again
    but the aces only flew through heaven
    and the diamond jack called no man friend
    The diamond queen saw Muds ordeal
    began to think of her long lost son
    fell to her knees with a mother's mercy
    prayed to the angels every one

    The diamond queen, she prayed and prayed
    and the diamond angel filled Muds hole
    the wicked king of clubs himself
    fell in face down in front of Gold
    now three kings come to Clubs command
    but the angels from the sky did ride
    three kings up on the streets of Gold
    three fireballs on the muddy side

    The club queen heard her husband's call
    but Lord that queen of diamond's joy
    when the outlaw in the heavenly hall
    turned out to be a wandering boy
    Now Mud he checked and Gold bet all-ac

    Townes Van Zandt lyrics

  • #2
    When cards start to talk, it is time to quit.

    The song does not end there, but every time I saw Townes perform on stage, it seemed he started to laugh when he got that far, and stopped the song, almost always in the exact same spot.


    • #3
      Genius by Plato

      I think Townes did his own version of the fable of "The Cave", by Plato, from ancient Greece.

      I can only compare it to the genius of Pablo Picasso, who became famous for abstract art after he did mature, or maybe the genius of Napoleon, who did command battles from only his memory, Waterloo being a sterling example.


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