If I Lose, I Don't Care

DESCRIPTION: Floating verses; singer is clearly a rambler, but the song has no cohesion. "I can't walk/Neither can I talk/Just getting back from the state of old New York/One morning, just before day." Chorus: "If I lose, let me lose/I don't care how much I lose."
AUTHOR: credited to Tom Delaney
EARLIEST DATE: 1925 (recording, Maggie Jones)
KEYWORDS: rambling gambling nonballad floatingverses
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 187, "If I Lose, I Don't Care" (1 text, 1 tune)
Rorrer, p. 75, "If I Lose, I Don't Care" (1 text)
Darling-NAS, pp. 284-285, "If I Lose, I Don't Care" (1 text)
DT, IFILOSE*

Roud #12399
RECORDINGS:
Maggie Jones, "If I Lose, Let Me Lose" (Columbia 14059-D, 1925)
J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers, "If I Lose, Let Me Lose" (Bluebird B-7471, 1938)
New Lost City Ramblers, "If I Lose, I Don't Care" (on NLCR05)
Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers, "If I Lose, I Don't Care" (Columbia 15215-D, 1927; on CPoole02 as "If I Lose, Let Me Lose")

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Battleship of Maine" (tune, floating lyrics)
cf. "Joking Henry" (tune)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
If I Lose, Let Me Lose
Let Me Lose
File: CSW187

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