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Jack O'Diamond Blues by Blind Lemon Jefferson

Jack O'Diamond Blues (2557-1) - Blind Lemon Jefferson,
Chicago c. May 1926, Pm 12373,
Spanish (G).

Jack O' Di, Jack O' Diamond,[1]
Jack O' Diamond's a hard card to play.
Jack O' Diamonds once in time,
He did rob a friend of mine.
Jack O' Diamonds is a hard card to play.

Bet the Jack against the Queen,
It's gonna turn your money green.
Jack O' Diamonds is a hard card to play.

Jack O' Di, Jack O' Diamond,
Jack O' Diamond's a hard card to play.

Bet the Jack agin the Four,
You're gonna win right in the dough.
Jack O' Diamonds is a hard card to play.

Jack O' Diamonds made me cry,
I expect to gamble until I die.
Jack O' Diamonds is a hard card to play.

Jack O' Di, Jack O' Diamond,
Jack O' Diamond's a hard card to play.


Jack O'Diamond Blues (2557-2) - Blind Lemon Jefferson,
Chicago c. May 1926, Pm 12373,
Spanish (G).

Jack O' Di, Jack O' Diamond,[2]
Jack O' Diamond's a hard card to play.
Jack O' Diamonds once in time,
He did rob a friend of mine.
Jack O' Diamonds is a hard card to play.

Jack O' Di, Jack O' Diamond,
Jack O' Diamond's a hard card to play.
Bet the Jack against the Queen,
It's gonna turn your money green.
Jack O' Diamonds is a hard card to play.

You can bet the Jack agin the Four,
You're gonna win right in the dough.
Jack O' Diamonds is a hard card to play.

Jack O' Di, Jack O' Diamond,
Jack O' Diamond's a hard card to play.
Jack O' Diamonds made me cry,
I expect to gamble until I die.
Jack O' Diamonds is a hard card to play.

Jack O' Di, Jack O' Diamond,
Jack O' Diamond's a hard card to play.

Jack O' Di, Jack O' Diamond,
Jack O' Diamond's a hard card to play.

Notes:
1. This is confusing in the sense that in the opening two lines of verses, he sings the singular DIAMOND/DIAMOND'S in accordance with the title (which suggests that it is not a misprint), but later uses the plural DIAMONDS.
2. ibid.