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Wink Martindale


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Deck of Cards

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 A one hit wonder from 1959


 ^ During the North African Campaign, a bunch of soldier boys had been on a long hike
And they arrived in a little town called Casino
The next morning, being Sunday, several of the boys went to church
A Sargent commanded the boys in church, and after the chaplain had read the prayer
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Those of the boys who had a prayer books took them out
But, this one boy had only a deck of cards, and so he spread them out
The Sargent saw the cards and said, soldier, put away those cards
After the services were over, the soldier was taken prisoner
And brought before the Provost Marshall

The Marshall said, Sergeant, why have you brought this man here
For playing cards in church, Sir
And what have you to say for yourself Son, much, Sir, replied the soldier
The marshall said, I hope so, for if not
I shall punish you more than any man was ever punished

The soldier said, Sir, I have been on the march for about six days
I have neither Bible nor prayer book, but I hope to satisfy you
Sir, with the purity of my intentions, and with that, the boy started his story

You see sir, when I look at the ace, it reminds me that there is but one God
And the deuce, reminds me that the bible is divided into two parts
The old and the New Testament
When I see the trey, I think of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
And when I see the four, I think of the four Evangelists who preached the Gospel
There was Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

And when I see the five, it reminds me of the five wise virgins who trimmed their lamps
There were ten of them, five were wise and were saved
Five were foolish, and were shut out
When I see the six, it reminds me that in six days God made this great Heaven and Earth
When I see the seven, it reminds me that on the seventh day
God rested from His great work

And when I see the eight, I think of the eight righteous persons
God saved when he destroyed this Earth
There was Noah, his wife, their three sons, and their wives
And when I see the nine, I think of the lepers our Savior cleansed
And, nine out of the ten, didn't even thank him

When I see the ten, I think of the Ten Commandments
God handed down to Moses on a table of stone
When I see the king, it reminds me that there is but one King of Heaven, God Almighty
And when I see the Queen, I think of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Who is Queen of Heaven, and the Jack of Knaves is the Devil

When I count the number of spots in a deck of cards
I find 365, the number of days in a year
There are 52 cards, the number of weeks in a year
There are four suits, the number of weeks in a month
There are twelve picture cards, the number of months in a year
There are thirteen tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter
So, you see Sir, my pack of cards serves me as a Bible, an Almanac, and a prayer book
And friends, the story is true, I know, I was that soldier
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