Buddy Cole Deck of Cards cover

Deck of Cards

Deck of Cards Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
Friends, this is Tex Ritter with a strange story about a soldier boy and
a deck of cards. During a North African campaign a bunch of soldier boys
had been on a long hike, and they arrived in a little town called
Verse 2
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 the text was taken up next..Those of the boys who had a prayer book
took them out, but this one boy only had a deck of cards, and so he spread
them out.
Verse 3
The Sergeant saw the cards and said,"Soldier, put away those cards."
Verse 4
After the services were over the soldier was taken prisoner and brought before the Provost Marshall.
Verse 5
The Marshall said, "Sargent, why have you brought this man here?"
Verse 6
"For playing cards in church, sir."
Verse 7
"And what have you to say for yourself, son?"
Verse 8
"Much, sir." replied the soldier.
Verse 9
'The Marshall said, "I hope so, for if not , I shall punish you more than
any man was ever punished."
Verse 10
The soldier said, "Sir , I have been on a march for about six days, and I had neither Bible nor Prayer Book, but I hope to satisfy you, Sir, with the purity of my intentions."
Verse 11
With that the boy started his story.
Verse 12
"You see, Sir, when I look at the Ace it reminds me that there is but one God. The deuce reminds me that the Bible is divided into two parts; the Old and New Testaments. And when I see the trey I think of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. When I see the four I think of the four evangelist 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. Ten of 'em; five who were wise and were saved; five were foolish and were shut out. And when I see the six it
reminds me that in six days God made this great heaven and earth. And when
I see the seven it reminds me that on the seventh day God rested from His
great work. 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 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 tablet 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 jacks, or knaves, it's the devil. And when I count the number of spots on a deck of cards I find three hundred sixty-five the number of days in a year. Fifty-two cards, the number of weeks in a year. Four suits, the number of weeks in a month. Twelve picture cards, the number of months in a year. Thirteen tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter. So you see, Sir, my pack of cards serve me as a Bible, almanac, and prayer book."
Verse 13
"Friends, I know this story is true, because I knew that soldier."

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