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   instrumental intro = Verse 1


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1. The festival was over and the boys were all plannin’ for a fall,

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    the cabaret was quiet, except for the drilling in the wall.

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    The curfew had been lifted and the gambling wheel shut down,

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    anyone with any sense had already left town,

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    he was standing in the doorway, looking like the Jack of Hearts.


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2. He moved across the mirrored room, “Set it up for everyone”, he said,

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    then everyone commenced to do what they were doin’ 


    before he turned their heads.

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    Then he walked up to a stranger and he asked him with a grin,

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   “Could you kindly tell me, friend, what time the show begins?”

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    Then he moved into the corner, face down like the Jack of Hearts.


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3. Backstage the girls were playing five-card stud by the stairs,

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    Lily had two queens, she was hoping for a third to match her pair.

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    Outside the streets were filling up, the window was open wide,

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    a gentle breeze was blowing, you could feel it from inside,

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    Lily called another bet and drew up the Jack of Hearts.


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4. Big Jim was no one’s fool, he owned the town’s only diamond mine,

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    he made his usual entrance, looking so dandy and so fine.

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    With his bodyguards and silver cane and every hair in place,

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    he took whatever he wanted to and he laid it all to waste,

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    but his bodyguards and silver cane were no match

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    for the Jack of Hearts.


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5. Rosemary combed her hair and took a carriage into town,

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    she slipped in thru’ the side door, looking like a queen without a crown.

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    She fluttered her false eyelashes and whispered in his ear,

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   “Sorry, darling, that I’m late,” but he didn’t seem to hear,

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    he was starin’ into space, over at the Jack of Hearts.


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6.”I know I’ve seen that face somewhere”, Big Jim was thinking to himself,

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    maybe down in Mexico or a picture upon somebody’s shelf.

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But then the crowd began to stamp their feet and the house lights did dim,

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    and in the darkness of the room there was only Jim and him,

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    starin’ at the butterfly who just drew the Jack of Hearts.


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7. Lily was a princess, she was fair-skinned and precious as a child,

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    she did whatever she had to do, she had that certain flash


    every time she smiled.

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    She had come away from a broken home, had lots of strange affairs,

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    with men in every walk of life which took her everywhere,

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    but she’d never met anyone quite like the Jack of Hearts.


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8. The hangin’ judge came in, unnoticed and was being wined and dined,

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    the drillin’ in the wall kept up, but no one seemed to pay it any mind.

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    It was known all around that Lily had Jim’s ring,

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    and nothing would ever come between Lily and the King,

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    no, nothing ever would, except maybe the Jack of Hearts.


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9. Rosemary started drinkin’ hard, and seein’ her reflection in the knife,

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    she was tired of the attention, tired of playing the role of Big Jim’s wife.

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    She had done a lot of bad things, even once tried suicide,

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    was looking to do just one good deed before she died,

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    she was gazing to the future, riding on the Jack of Hearts.


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10. Lily took her dress off, buried it away,


     “Has your luck run out?” she laughed at him,

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    “well, I guess you must have known it would someday.

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      Be careful not to touch the wall, there’s a brand new coat of paint,

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      I’m glad to see you’re still alive, you’re looking like a saint.”

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      Down the hallway footsteps were coming for the Jack of Hearts.


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11. The backstage manager was pacing all around by his chair,

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  “There’s something funny going on”, he said, “ I can just feel it in the air.”

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      He went to get the hangin’ judge, but the hangin’ judge was drunk,

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      as the leading actor hurried by in the costume of a monk,

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      there was no actor anywhere better than the Jack of Hearts.


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12. No one knew the circumstance, but they say it happened very quick,

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      the door to the dressing room burst open and a cold revolver clicked.

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      And Big Jim was standing there, you couldn’t say surprised,

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      Rosemary right beside him, steady in her eyes,

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      she was with Big Jim but she was leaning to the Jack of Hearts.


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13. Two doors down, the boys finally made it through the wall,

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      and cleaned out the bank safe, it’s said they got off with quite a haul.

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      In the darkness by the riverbed they waited on the ground,

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      for one more member who had business back in town,

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      but they couldn’t go no further without the Jack of Hearts.


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14. The next day was hangin’ day, the sky was overcast and black,

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      Big Jim lay covered up, killed by a penknife in the back.

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      And Rosemary on the gallows, she didn’t even blink,

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      the hangin’ judge was sober, he hadn’t had any drink,

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      the only person on the scene missing was the Jack of Hearts.


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15. The cabaret was empty now, a sign said “Closed for repair”,

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      Lily had already taken all of the dye out of her hair.

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      She was thinking about her father who she very rarely saw,

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      thinkin’ about Rosemary and thinkin’ about the law,

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      but most of all she was thinkin’ about the Jack of Hearts.


+  instrumental = verse 15

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