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​Gambler, Gambler

This song is by Elf and appears on the album Elf (1972) and on the album Live! And My Soul Shall Be Lifted (1973).

Original video
I got to tell you about the blues
I got to tell you just how I lose
Ain't got no money but I’ll straighten up my hand and let the cards fall down

Gambler, gambler, shake down in the first degree
Gambler, gambler, shake down in the first degree
I've never been a gambler, so please don't mess with me

Hey, jury, jury, I tell you story true
Ah listen, jury, jury, I tell you story true
The jury found me guilty, don't know what to do

I was playing in Boston staying up in old Saint Lou
Surrounded by the FBI for something I didn't do
Now my baby left me, left me all alone
Judge said, "Son, you ain't going home"

Gambler, gambler, shake down in the first degree
Gambler, gambler, shake down in the first degree
I've never been a gambler, please don't mess with me
No, no, no

Gambler, gambler, shake down in the first degree
Gambler, gambler, shake down in the first degree
I've never been a gambler, so please don't mess with me

Written by:

Gary Driscoll / David Feinstein / Ronald Padavona / Mickey Lee Soule