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Gamblin' Charley

This song is by Charley Lincoln and appears on the split compilation album Charley Lincoln & Willie Baker (1927-1930) (1992) by Charley Lincoln and Willie Baker.

Way down on the levee, down by Camp Number Nine
Way down on the levee, down by Camp Number Nine
If you pass my house, you will hear me cryin'

He shot a dollar and a nickel, he caught a point black nine
He shot a dollar and a nickel, he caught a point black nine
Says, "Sally was a good girl, she know to be a good man's friend"

She taken money from her huzman, give it to her gamblin' man
She taken money from her huzman, give it to her gamblin' man
Sayin', the train come skippin' and the fool come rollin' down

"I am crazy 'bout my gamblin' and I don't want nobody else
"I am crazy 'bout my gamblin' and I don't want nobody else
And if he don't stop me, I'll be rowdy all my days"

She done pawned all of her things, she done pawned my watch and chain
She done pawned all of her things, she done pawned my watch and chain
Says, by this time, we haven't got a doggone thing

What can I do, baby, honey, to change your mind?
What can I do, baby, honey, to change your mind?
"Ain't so much to do, daddy, but be so nice and kind"

Says, I'm leavin' town, cryin' won't make me stay
Says, I'm leavin' town, cryin' won't make me stay
Well, the more you cry, further I'm goin' away

Recorded:

1928