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Jack O' Diamonds

This song is by Ramblin' Jack Elliott and appears on the album Ramblin' Jack Elliott In London (1959) and on the compilation album The Lost Topic Tapes: Cowes Harbour 1957 (2004).

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Jack O' Diamonds
Jack of Diamonds, Jack of Diamonds, I know you of old
You have robbed my poor pockets of silver and gold
And the whiskey, you villain, you been my downfall
You kicked me and you cuffed me, but I love you for all

It's a beef steak when I'm hungry, rye whiskey when I'm dry
Green back when I'm hard up, and heaven when I die
Whiskey, rye whiskey, whiskey I cry!
If I don't get rye whiskey I surely will die

If the ocean was a whiskey, and I was a duck
I'd dive to the bottom and never come h-up!
The ocean ain't whiskey, I ain't a duck!
I'll play Jack of Diamonds that I trust to my luck
'Cause it's whiskey, rye whiskey, whiskey I cry!
If a tree don't fall on me I'll live till I die

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