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Lyr Req: Gamblin' Man

Banjoman_CO 24 Jun 99 - 11:45 PM
Roger the zimmer 25 Jun 99 - 05:16 AM
Joe Offer 25 Jun 99 - 05:23 AM
Roger the zimmer 25 Jun 99 - 06:44 AM
katlaughing 12 May 11 - 11:38 PM
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Subject: Need 'Gamblin' Man' Words
From: Banjoman_CO
Date: 24 Jun 99 - 11:45 PM

I am looking for the words to a song I know as "Gamblin' Man". I looked in the mudcat database, but couldn't find it. The words that I know are: "Well, I am a gamblin' man, and I lay my money down, I've gambled for love and lost, now I'm leaving this town"

That's all I know of it and I would appreciate any help finding the rest of the words.

Thanks, Fred


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Subject: RE: Need 'Gamblin' Man' Words
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 25 Jun 99 - 05:16 AM

Popular with all the UK skiffle groups in the '50s. I've got on vinyl (or even shellac!),& could probably transcribe, Lonnie Donegan's version if no-one else comes up with the original.


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Subject: RE: Need 'Gamblin' Man' Words
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Jun 99 - 05:23 AM

Hi, Banjoman - could it bea variation of ROVING GAMBLER?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Need 'Gamblin' Man' Words
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 25 Jun 99 - 06:44 AM

As usual, Joe "the gumshoe" Offer tracked it down first. This is the version I remembered (shortened by Lonnie and changing "Spain" to "Maine", I think). DT credits Cisco Huston - Woody Guthrie recorded it as well, I think, with him or solo, as I remember. Another similar version is on COWPIE under the title New Rovin' Gambler, with different towns mentioned.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gamblin' Man
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 May 11 - 11:38 PM

There's a neat old 78 audio of this available at the Library of Congress Jukebox. Done by Kelly Harrell in 1925.


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