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OLD SHEET MUSIC COVERS WITH GAMBLING/PLAYING
(I collect these things; not for sale)
(Here is a link to SHEET MUSIC COVER ART HISTORY )
Note: I collect and buy Sheet Music with gambling and playing card images.
I can email or snail mail you a list of the approximately 90 pieces I own,
thus letting you know what I need.
|I wish I owned this one. It is from
1878 and is in the Library of Congress. To
read the lyrics, click here, then clck away at the bottom of that page.
Most of the sheet music below I own. Click here for
other gambling-related sheet music pictures.
|Below are some of the song sheets
from my collection. In this one, note the dandy caught with
three dice. Copyright 1905.
¶ Gimme Hush Money, copyright 1905.
¶ The Gamblers, 1911
¶ Fan Tan Man, 1916
¶ The Man Who Broke the Bank, 1935
¶ Million-Dollar, 1913
¶ The Gambling Man, 1902
|"That Queen or
Poker" is my oldest one -- copyright 1883. The Pocahontas one
|Three with a named
playing card in the title.
|1916 sheet music.
Interesting poker-related lyrics -- about rank of social classes,
hints of progressive socialism and equality, discarding low cards in draw
poker, playing-card faces and backs, and religion and judgement day.
(I don't own this sheet music.) Here are the lyrics:
There's that about a Pack of Cards
Which somehow calls to mind
The so-called "social classes,"
Or "divisions" of mankind;
Some folks are "high" and some are "low"
And some of "medium grade,"
According to the surface marks
Which circumstance has made;
The King, the Queen, the Jack,
the Ten, "Aristocrats" Elite --
The "Upper crust," who hold in trust
The bread the rest must eat;
The Six, the Seven, the Eight, the Nine, --
The happy Middle Class, --
They're just below the Magnates,
But above the Struggling Mass;
The Deuce, the Trey, the Four, the Five, --
Discarded everywhere, --
For bare existence forced to strive, --
(It doesn't seem quite fair!)
And yet the Ace recalls the ONE
Who watches over all
And marks with just and equal eye,
HIS subjects rise and fall;
And in the Court of Last Appeal,
Adjusting every claim
He sees the backs of all the cards, --
BEHOLD, THEY'RE ALL THE SAME!
| "The Ace Of Spades" 1900 Instrumental March By Black Composer
James T.Brymn. Not mine; it went for about $103 on eBay in Oct.
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