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​River Boat Gambler

This song is by Chris LeDoux and appears on the album Songs of Rodeo Life (1971).

I cut my teeth on a poker chip my daddy left layin' behind
They said he was a-dealin' from the bottom but my mama said they were lyin'
So I never stay in one place long, I'm just a natural born rambler
My mama was a Dodge City dancehall girl and my daddy was a riverboat gambler

So don't kiss my cheek and look at me with stayin' in your eyes
For marriage is like shootin' against a pair of loaded dice
You better throw your hand in for you just can't hold this rambler
My mama was a Dodge City dancehall girl and my daddy was a riverboat gambler

I'll say you're the closest thing to love I've ever known
But without the feel of the paddle wheel I'd never be at home
Well, I must go for I just heard the river call this rambler
My mama was a Dodge City dancehall girl and my daddy was a riverboat gambler

So don't kiss my cheek and look at me with stayin' in your eyes
For marriage is like shootin' against a pair of loaded dice
You better throw your hand in for you just can't hold this rambler
My mama was a Dodge City dancehall girl and my daddy was a riverboat gambler
My mama was a Dodge City dancehall girl and my daddy was a riverboat gambler

Written by:

Johnny Slate; Dan Morrison