I'll Be A Gambler

Lyrics: David Nichtern
Music: David Nichtern

Played by Jerry with the Great American String Band in 1974. The title is uncertain--on one occasion it's introduced as "I'll Be A Gambler If You Deal The Cards." Thanks to Matt Schofield for the lyrics.

I'll be a gambler, if you deal the cards
I'll rent a tent, if you'll sleep in my yard
And then with the shadows falling
I'll come a-calling

Now you bring the lifeboat and I'll bring an oar
We'll row for miles, 'til we're far from the shore
There with the foghorns blowing
Hearts overflowing

Thrown off course by a wave of remorse, we'll sail on
Bailing fast we can conquer the past and be gone

Now you set the compass and I'll trim the sails
We'll lay our course for the south coast of Wales
And there with the bagpipes playing
O'er the loch the heather will be swaying

Thrown off course by a wave of remorse, we'll sail on
Bailing fast we can conquer the past and be gone

Now I'll be a gambler, if you'll deal the cards
I'll rent a tent, if you'll sleep in my yard
And then with the shadows falling
I'll come a-calling


Futher Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography

 


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