“Jack of Diamonds (I)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Scarborough)
Keywords: gambling cards hardtimes work chaingang
Found in: US(So)

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

Notes

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

Cross references

References

  1. Scarborough-NegroFS, pp. 279-280, "Jack o' Diamonds" (1 text, 1 tune, with a final verse probably from a "Lula" song)
  2. BI, ScaNF280