Jack of Diamonds (I)

DESCRIPTION: "Jack o' diamonds, jack o' diamonds, Jack o' diamonds is a hard card to find." "Say, whenever I gets in jail, Jack o' diamonds goes my bail." The singer vows to get even for being worked too hard. He admits to losing his money to Jack o' diamonds
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1925 (Scarborough)
KEYWORDS: gambling cards hardtimes work chaingang
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Scarborough-OnTheTrailOfNegroFolkSongs, pp. 279-280, "Jack o' Diamonds" (1 text, 1 tune, with a final verse probably from a "Lula" song)
Lomax/Lomax-OurSingingCountry, pp. 303-305, "Jack o' Diamonds" (1 text, 1 tune)

cf. "Rye Whiskey" (lyrics)
NOTES [37 words]: This is pretty definitely related to the "Jack of Diamonds" versions of "Rye Whiskey," but the direction is different enough that I decided to split them. But fragmentary texts might well have been filed with that song. - RBW
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File: ScaNF280

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