GAMBLER'S DOOM, THE

Latest update on 27/04/2010

Artist: Rev. J.C. Burnett
Author: traditional
Label: Columbia
Year: 1927

Preacher from the Bible Belt, the first to record this allegory around a book of cards (see note). Reissued on Songsters & Saints Vol. 2, one of two double lp's that came with Paul Oliver's book Songsters & Saints and on old-time gospel box set Goodbye Babylon.

Covers:

1948:

T. Texas Tyler [as Deck Of Cards]

1948:

Tex Ritter

1948:

Rusty Draper

1959:

Wink Martindale [still as a sermon]

1959:

Stewart Family [turned it into a song]

1959:

Tex Williams

1965:

Chiel Montagne [as Het Spel Kaarten, prior to the hit version of his fellow DJ (Cowboy) Gerard De Vries]

1965:

Cowboy Gerard [idem, n°2 NL]

1966:

Charlie Moore & Bill Napier [as A Soldier's Prayer]

1966:

Don Reno & Benny Martin [as A Soldier's Prayer In Vietnam]

1969:

Frans Halsema [as De Training, football version of Het Spel Kaarten]

1971:

Oscar Harris [n°1 B as A Soldier's Prayer]

1971:

Paul Ott

1974:

Max Bygraves

1974:

Bruce Low [hit GER as Das Kartenspiel]

1976:

Prince Far I [as Deck Of Cards]

1979:

Soft Boys [again as Deck Of Cards]

2004:

Günther Emmerlich [hit GER, crediting T. Texas Tyler and Gerard De Vries]

Moralistic song cluster on a theme dating from 18th century Spain or even middle aged English folk tradition. "Kitsch rules and lives forever" (Nick Tosches in his book Country). It's all about numerology and how one deck of cards matches with the calendar and Bible characters alike: 52 cards for every week in the year, 365 dots for every day, the ace is God, the 2 his Son, the 3 the Holy Trinity, the 4 the evangelists etc. Originally used as a real sermon, later as a mockery. Parodys on the theme: Ray Stevens ('59) [as High School Yearbook], Cowboy Copas ('63) [as Cowboy's Deck Of Cards], Ferlin Husky [as Hillbilly Deck Of Cards], Red Sovine [as The Vietnam's Deck Of Cards]

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