Jack O’Diamonds , Mance Lipscomb (Waters, Williams), 1960

Original recording: Mance Lipscomb (Guitar and vocals)

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Jack O' Diamonds - Texas Songster

Recording information
: Recorded by Arhoolie Records in 1960. Slide guitar with a knife. The video clip is mis-labeled Jack of Spades. 

Other covers:

Blind Lemon Jefferson, Tex Ritter, Skip James, Nick Cave, John Lee HookerOdettaRuth Brown, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott,. Waylon Jennings, Dave Matthews and others

Lyrics:

Jack O’ Di, Jack O’ Diamond,
Jack O’ Diamond’s a hard card to play.
Jack O’ Diamonds once in time,
He did rob a friend of mine.
Jack O’ Diamonds is a hard card to play.

Bet the Jack against the Queen,
It’s gonna turn your money green.
Jack O’ Diamonds is a hard card to play.

Jack O’ Di, Jack O’ Diamond,
Jack O’ Diamond’s a hard card to play.

Bet the Jack agin the Four,
You’re gonna win right in the dough.
Jack O’ Diamonds is a hard card to play.

Jack O’ Diamonds made me cry,
I expect to gamble until I die.
Jack O’ Diamonds is a hard card to play.

Jack O’ Di, Jack O’ Diamond,
Jack O’ Diamond’s a hard card to play 

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