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All the gamblers seem to come from Odessa, lady luck wrapped round their arms
With a nudie deck and railway whiskey as strong as southern charm
But I don't mind it much, I just grin and bluff with four queens hid in my sleeve
Till one lays down his hand, it's the royal family, he takes a swig and says to me

Boy, take it slow down the dusty roads and you'll get there by and by
Take your soul and sell it for scrap to any fool that's willing to buy
Find yourself a woman with a hundred-proof heart that can drain any bottle dry
And when the going gets tough, you'll make it by and by

Well, the hounds they bayed on the night I was born in the spring of 1904
And Jonesborough stayed as sweet as summer fruit, as old as Alabama folklore
He said, "I bottled the nectar of the Appalacian and I sold it through Tennessee
You've got the strongest liquors west of Roanoke and the prettiest women I've seen"


He said, "Son, Odessa's got a golden-haired beauty who once gave her love to me
But she's betrothed to a Philadelphia lawyer with prospects and property
And so I traveled the South, hopping passenger trains to get just as far as I could
Without a penny to your name, a heart of gold just ain't no good."



from Heart In A Mason Jar, released December 7, 2012



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