Rambling Gambling Willie - Bob Dylan Cover.

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    celticheartbeat

    Published on Jul 29, 2021
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    Hey Folks

    This is a rare little Bob Dylan tune called Rambling Gambling Willie.

    Its based on the melody and story telling of an old Irish tune called Brennan On The Moor which is about an Irish Highway man who was hung in Cork in 1809.

    When Bob Dylan was around 17-18 years old he would go and listen to the Clancy Brothers play in venues in Greenwich Village in New York.

    At that time Brennan On The Moor was one of the Clany's big songs.Dylan changed the lyrics to be about a gambler called Will O Connelly which was the real name of Wild Bill Hickock.

    "Rambling, Gambling Willie"
    Bob Dylan

    Come around you rovin' gamblers and a story I will tell
    About the greatest gambler, you all should know him well
    His name was Will O' Conley and he gambled all his life
    He's had 27 children, yet he's never had a wife

    And it's ride, Willie, ride
    Roll, Willie, roll
    Wherever you are gamblin' now
    Nobody really knows

    Sailin' down the Mississippi to a town called New Orleans
    There was a famous card game on that Jackson River Queen
    "I've come to win some money",old gambling Willie says
    When the game was over the whole damn boat was his

    And it's ride, Willie, ride
    Roll, Willie, roll
    Wherever you are gamblin' now
    Nobody really knows

    But Willie had a heart of gold and this I know is true
    He supported all his children and all their mothers too
    He wore no rings or fancy things like other gamblers wore
    He spread his money far and wide to help the sick and the poor

    And it's ride, Willie, ride
    Roll, Willie, roll
    Wherever you are gamblin' now
    Nobody really knows

    It was late one evenin' as they played a poker game
    A man lost all his money, he said, "Willie was to blame"
    He shot poor Willie through the heart, which was a tragic fate
    When Willie's cards fell on the floor, they were aces backed with eights

    And it's ride, Willie, ride
    Roll, Willie, roll
    Wherever you are gamblin' now
    Nobody really knows

    So all you ramblin' gamblers, wherever you might be
    The moral of this story is very plain to see
    Spend your money while you can, before you have to stop
    For when you pull that dead man's hand, your gamblin' days are up

    And it's ride, Willie, ride
    Roll, Willie, roll
    Wherever you are gamblin' now
    Nobody really knows

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