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‘Before kicking the chair out, Curt wondered how, even with blackjack, the house always seemed to win.’

This song is about the absolute folly of gambling (for any purpose other than fun).


Probably not born smart, if you think that you were born lucky1
Pain or fortune, such is risk

But gold is always near
And the big wheels keep on spinning
You’re figuring someone’s got to win

They all laughed when you rode into town backwards on a mule2
They sent you home penniless

For the love of God, for the taste of whiskey
Those hungers they’ll…they’ll do you in

Now your luck's as dry as those antelope skulls 3
Kissed by Sands4, then forgot

For the love of gold…

1 A friend of mine who used to say “I was just born lucky” and thought he’d strike it rich in Vegas hung himself in a psychiatric ward.
2 I thought they put Jesus on a mule backwards and drove him into town. I’m frustrated that I can’t find this image of ridicule (again) in my bibles.
3 Antelopes are not native to the United States, but we could really use some.
4 The Sands Hotel was an historic Las Vegas Hotel & Casino that operated from 1952 to 1996.


from Island of the Dolls, released November 22, 2014
Lyrics N, Music S w/ N K M P
S - Main vocals, banjo, guitar, samples
N - Bass, backup vocals, samples
P - backup vocals, samples
M - Drums
K - Violin


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