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Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts

Joan Baez2003年9月22日

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Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts (Live) - Joan Baez (瓊·貝茲)

The festival was over and the boys

Were all planning for a fall

 

The cabaret was quiet except

 

For the drilling in the wall

 

The curfew had been lifted and

The gambling wheel shut down

 

Anyone with any sense had

 

Already left town

 

He was standing in the doorway

 

Looking like the Jack of Hearts

 

He moved across the mirrored room

"Set em up for everyone" he said

 

Then everyone commenced to do what

They've been doin' before

He moved their heads

 

He walked up to a stranger

And he asked him with a grin

Would you kindly tell me Mister

What time the show begins

 

He moved into the corner

 

Face down like the Jack of Hearts

 

Backstage the girls were

Playin' five-card stud by the stairs

 

Lily had two queens and she

Was hopin' for a third to match her pair

 

Outside the streets were fillin' up

And the window was open wide

The gentle breeze was blowin'

You could feel it from inside

 

Lily called another bet and drew

Up the Jack of Hearts

 

Big Jim was no one's fool

He owned the town's only diamond mine

 

He made his usual entrance lookin' oh

So dandy and so fine

 

With his bodyguards and his

Silver cane and every hair in place

He took whatever he wanted to

And he laid it all to waste

But his bodyguards and his silver cane

They were no match for the Jack of Hearts

 

Rosemary combed her hair

And took a carriage into town

 

She slipped in through the side

Door lookin' like a queen without a crown

 

She fluttered her false eyelashes

 

And whispered in his ear

 

"I'm sorry darlin' that I'm late"

But he didn't seem to hear

He was staring into space

Over at the Jack of Hearts

 

Well I know I've seen that face somewhere

Big Jim was thinkin' to himself

 

Maybe down in Mexico or

A picture up on somebody's shelf

 

But then the crowd began

To stamp their feet

And the house lights did dim

And in the darkness of the

Room there was only Jim and him

 

Starin' at the butterfly who just

Drew up the Jack of Hearts

 

Lily was a princess she was

Fair-skinned and precious as a child

 

She had that certain something

 

It was a kind of a flash every time she smiled

 

She'd come away from a broken home

Had lots of strange affairs

 

With men in every walk of life who

Took her everywhere

 

But she'd never met anyone quite

 

Like the Jack of Hearts

 

The hangin' judge came in unnoticed

 

And was being wined and dined

 

The drilling in the wall kept up

But no one seemed to pay it any mind

 

It was known all around that Lily had Jim's ring

 

And nothin could ever come between Lily and the king

 

No nothing ever could except

Maybe the Jack of Hearts

 

Rosemary started drinkin' hard

 

And seein' her reflection in the knife

 

She was tired of the attention

 

Tired of playin' the role of Big Jim's wife

 

She'd done a lot of bad things

Even once tried suicide

 

Was lookin' to do just one good

Deed before she died

 

She was gazin' to the future riding

 

On the Jack of Hearts

 

Lily took her dress off buried it away

 

"Has your luck run out" she laughed at him

"I guess you must've known it would someday

 

Be careful not to touch the wall

There's a brand-new coat of paint

 

I'm glad to see you're still alive

And you're lookin' like a saint"

Down the hallway footsteps were

Comin' for the Jack of Hearts

 

The backstage manager was pacing

All around by his chair

 

"There's something funny goin' on

I know I can just feel it in the air"

 

He went to get the hangin' judge

But the hangin' judge was drunk

And the leading actor hurried by

In the costume of a monk

 

But there was no actor anywhere

 

Better than the Jack of Hearts

 

Lily had her arms around the man

 

That she dearly loved to touch

 

She forgot all about the man she hated

Who hounded her so much

 

"I've missed you so" she said to

Him and he thought she was sincere

 

But in the hallway he felt jealousy and fear

 

Just another night in the life of the Jack of Hearts

 

Well no one knew the circumstance

But they say it happened pretty quick

 

The door to the dressing room

Burst open and a cold revolver clicked

 

And Big Jim was standin' there

You couldn't say surprised

 

Rosemary right beside him

Steady in her eyes

 

She was with Big Jim but she was

Leanin' to the Jack of Hearts

 

Two doors down and the boys finally

Made it through the wall

 

Cleaned out the bank safe it's said

That they got off with quite a haul

 

And in the darkness of the riverbed

They waited on the ground

 

For one more member who had

Business back in town

 

But they couldn't go no further

Without the Jack of Hearts

 

Well the next day was hangin' day

And the sky was overcast and black

 

Big Jim lay covered up killed by a

Penknife in the back

 

And Rosemary on the gallows boy

She didn't even blink

 

And the hangin' judge was sober

Lord he hadn't had a drink

 

And the only person on the scene

Missing was the Jack of Hearts

 

Well the cabaret was quiet now and

A sign said 'Closed for repair'

 

Lily had already taken all of the

Dye out of her hair

 

She was thinkin' 'bout her father

Whom she very rarely saw

 

Thinkin' about Rosemary and

Thinkin' about the law

 

But most of all she was thinkin' about

The Jack of Hearts

 

***歌詞來自第三方***