Gambler (I), The
DESCRIPTION: "My moments are lonesome, no pleasure I find, My true love is a gambler, It troubles my mind." Her love is gone. Gambling has put him in prison; it made him threaten to shoot her. She warns other girls of those who love cards more than wives
EARLIEST DATE: 1908?
KEYWORDS: gambling abuse hardtimes poverty separation
FOUND IN: US(Ap)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Combs/Wilgus 184, p. 190, "The Gambler" (1 text)
cf. "The Wagoner's Lad" (floating lyrics)
cf. "The Roving Gambler (The Gambling Man)" [Laws H4] (theme, floating lyrics)
cf. "The Gambler's Sweetheart" (plot)
NOTES: From its structure and certain floating lyrics, as well as the subject matter, this seems likely to be a derivative or relative of "The Roving Gambler." However, it has enough detail of its own to deserve a separate listing. - RBW
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