Lyrics: First verse Bill Jackson was a poor old dub Who joined the ""Darktown Poker Club"" He cursed the day he told them he would join. His money seemed like it had wings, If he held queens someone had kings Each night he would contribute all his coin. He said: ""I'll play them tight tonight, No bob tail flush will make me bite, When I go in my hand will be a peach."" He played them tight but lost his pile And he got peevish after while He rose and looked around an' made this speech. Chorus Well, you see this nice new razor, I had it sharpened just today; I’m goin’ to tell you all some brand new rules Now follow them when you play. Keep your hands above the table when you’re dealin’, please, Don’t be stickin’ any aces in between your knees; Don’t be makin’ funny signs for to tip your hand, Don’t be talkin’ any language I don’t understand. Don’t be dealin’ from the bottom , caise it looks too rough And remember that in poker, five cards is enough. When you bet put up the chips for I don’t like it when you’re shy, When you’re broke go get some money, you can join us bye and bye. Pass the cards for me to shuffle ev’ry time before you deal, If there’s anything wrong I can see. You aint goin’ to play this accordin’ to Hoyle You’re goinn’ to play this accordin’ to me.
Second verse Now sitting right there in that clan There chanced to be a one-eyed man; Bill watched him from the corner of his eye, The one-eyed man would deal and then ‘Twould cost Bill Jackson five or ten. Bill rose and looked around him with a sigh, He said: “I think it is a shame, There’s some one cheating in this game! Of course it wouldn’t do to name the guy So I wont give the party’s name But if I see him cheat again I’ll take my fist and close his other eye”!
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The derogatory terms, images, and ideas that appear in some of this sheet music are not condoned by the University of Mississippi. They do represent the attitudes of a number of Americans at the times the songs were published. As such, it is hoped that the sheet music in this collection can aid students of music, history, and other disciplines to better understand popular American music and racial stereotypes from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries. Read the introduction for further information to use when contextualizing this item: http://188.8.131.52/cdm4/intro_harris.php