The version they do is similar, first and last versions the same, but middle part different and the chorus is totally different. My husband says he thinks it refers to the roulette wheel:
She had twenty, eighteen, sixteen, fourteen,
Twelve, ten, eight, six, four, two, none.
She had nineteen, seventeen, fifteen, thirteen,
Eleven, nine, seven, five, three, and one.
Especially since there are references to the wheel of fortune in one verse:
Around and around goes the wheel of Fortune.
Where it rests now wearies me. ETC.
The place names etc. you've given me fit perfectly with the version they do. I think this will be what I need.
But does anyone know anything more about the song? How old is it and that? And does the Spanish Lady refer to a Gypsy?
HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 3-Mar-02.