From the album Wicked Lines & Veins

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Lyrics

I’ve always been a gambler,
I always play to win
I kissed the lips of Harlem queens,
shook hands with crooked kings
You may not know me now son,
but it’s time that we begin
Cause I can tell that you’ve been
‘round too long

I’ve broken hearts in England,
and I killed a man in Spain
That posse chased me off them shores
and sent me home again
But not without the parting words
a lonely bullet said
Well I can tell that you’ve been
‘round too long

The spread of scars upon my back,
the tungsten in my veins
like Christ upon the mountain top
I fell and rose again
But unlike Him I never could
forgive my fellow man
The hour’s getting late,
I guess it’s time to show my hand

Now the cuckoo, she’s a pretty bird,
she warbles as she flies
Just like that little hand of yours,
it trembles when you lie
You can play the Jack of Diamonds
on the fourteen of July
But I can tell that you’ve been
‘round too long

I’ve always been a gambler
but I never can recall
If I ever shed my wicked ways
or worn them, thorns and all
’Til your very image slighted me,
the blood boiled in my veins
You play the part of Abel,
now it’s time I raise the Cain

I’ve always been a gambler,
I always play to win
And I’ll be sure to cut your throat
if I see you again
Won’t you lay your money down,
now won’t you make peace with your sins
Cause I can tell that you’ve been
‘round too long