The Ultimate Music List for Casino Gambling

The lights have all been turned on, the cleaner’s sweepin’ up the dog-ends round the table, and everyone’s left. With my money. I shouldn’t have gone all in when there was only a 27% of a flush. Oh well. Still got my MP3, so can listen to some final gambling tunes on the long walk home. Yep, even gambled away my bus fare!

Roll the Bones (Rush)

Do we really have some rappin’ in this tune by majestic prog/pomp rockers Rush? Bones=Die (yes die is the plural of dice, as strange as it may seem, but of course we needed a rhyme with “price”).

Geddy Lee on guitar:

Faith is cold as ice –
Why are little ones born only to suffer
For the want of immunity
Or a bowl of rice?
Well, who would hold a price
On the heads of the innocent children
If there’s some immortal power
To control the dice?

Summer Wages (Ian Tyson)

I presume the summer wages got blown on Blackjack:

Never hit seventeen when you play against the dealer
For you know the odds won’t ride with you
Never leave your woman alone when your friends are out to steal her
Years I’ve gambled and lost like summer wages.

Mr Tyson is a Canadian singer/songwriter of some renown.

Mr Gold and Mr Mud (Townes Van Zandt)

As has been pointed it before… “Mudd he checked and Gold bet all, and Mudd he raised and Gold did call…” – if Gold bet all, why the Mudd raise? All Gold’s chips are on the table. Hmmm. But this a great full-blown Poker game song. Do you know who wins?

Blow up the Pokies (The Whitlams)

The single “Blow Up the Pokies” had been co-written by Tim with Greta Gertler as a statement on the destruction he saw in one of the band’s life due to gambling.

Dogs (The Who)

Yes it’s the ‘Orrible Oo! Dogs was recorded in 1966. Some references to Greyhound racing (Known as going to the Dogs) which used to be much more popular in the UK than it is now. I lost many a pound at Catford Greyhound Stadium in South East London!

We go to the dog track on Saturday night,
We put all our money on a dog that we like,
A kiss and a cuddle, a hot meat pie,
Two dollar tickets and a starry sky.

Smoke Smoke Smoke that Cigarette (Tex Williams)

It not just about smoking, but gambling too. Here’s aversion by Asleep at the Wheel, with some great images.

Now in a game of chance the other night
Old Dame Fortune was a-doin’ me right
The kings and the queens just kept on comin’ round

And I got a full and I bet ‘em high
But my bluff didn’t work on a certain guy
He just kept on raisin’ and layin’ that money down

Now he’d raise me and I’d raise him
I sweated blood, gotta sink or swim
He finally called and didn’t even raise the bet

So I said “aces full Pops how ’bout you?”
He said “I’ll tell you in a minute or two
But right now, I gotta have me a cigarette”

Gambler’s Blues (Golden Earring)

A criminally underrated Dutch band, most people only know them for that great driving song “Radar Love”. But they had some other good songs and last I heard were still going strong!

All or Nothing (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)

Not the Small Faces’ Number 1 hit in the UK. Here’s some young wannabees trying to do the song some justice. I’m afraid they just seem to “do” the song, as in “do it in”! My mate swears that the song has gambling connections, although they lyrics don’t seem to support that! But I guess it’s the word association; all or nothing. It’s all in, and then, most of the time for me, nothing! All dosh gone!

All In (Lifehouse)

And I’m all in, calling out your name
Even if I lose the game, I’m all in, I’m all in for life
And I’m all in, nothing left to hide
I’m falling harder than a landslide
I spend a week away from you last night
And now I’m calling, calling out your name
Even if I lose the game, I’m all in
I’m all in tonight, yeah I’m all in, I’m all in for life
Yeah I’m all in, I’m all in for life

Pretty intense stuff from Lifehouse. I’m all in for life. Maybe I am too, but when I’m playing against Poker Pros then I’ll be careful not to go all in unless I have a blistering hand. Like quads, or a straight flush! Lifehouse is an American rock band from Los Angeles. The band came to mainstream prominence in 2001 with the hit single “Hanging by a Moment” from their debut studio album, No Name Face.

All I Do is Win (DJ Khaled)

We finish on an upbeat note. No broke bums creeping home to their wives here after losing everything (but their name). Hand go up! It is the second official single from DJ Khaled’s fourth studio album Victory The track features artists T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross. It was released on February 8, 2010.

Perhaps if I play at on my headphones overnight when I’m asleep I’ll be imbued with the spirit if winning and Lady Luck will be with me on my next flutter on the horses, dogs, or online Poker. Please!
I’m now seeing double – had too much to drink and now down to my last 20 dollars – do I get up and go or is lady luck gonna bless me? I’m in for the next round fellers!! But put some more gamblin’ music on…
Jack O Diamonds (Blind lemon Jefferson)

You can’t get more bluesy than this! And I think we’d all agree… a jack ain’t no match for a queen!

Jack O’ Di, Jack O’ Diamond, 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.

Whiskey, Women and Loaded Dice (Stick McGhee, Jack Cardwell)

Known as the Singing DJ, Cardwell was born in 1927 in Georgiana, near Chapman, Alabama. When he’s 10 years old, his family moves to Mobile. At this age he’s already a guitar player. At 15 he plays in clubs. Wow!

His best songs are in Hillbilly bop style : You’re looking for something (fine steel guitar) and the raunchy Whiskey, women and loaded dice. What a combination- I could cope with two outa those three!
Train of Consequences (Megadeath)

No horse ever ran as fast

As the money that you bet

I’m blowing on my cards

And I play them to my chest

Life’s fabric is corrupt

Shot through with corroded thread

As for me I hocked my brains

Packed my bags and headed west

Here the American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California which was formed in 1983 by guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine, bassist Dave Ellefson and guitarist Greg Handevidt, following Mustaine’s expulsion from Metallica. Exponents of Thrash Metal. And blowing on cards…
Life’s a Gamble (The Radiators)

Blah blah blah, going on about life being a gamble. So what? When was safe fun Boys??

The Radiators are a rock band from Sydney, Australia, formed in 1978.
Draw Blank (S.O.A)

SOA stands for State of Alert. They were very intense.. so intense in fact they barely lasted a year 1980-81! Rabid in delivery and wordsmiths in their lyrics (possibly not)

Always ask how I feel

Think the truth is part of the deal

Honey, won’t you open that door if I lose? (Ricky Skaggs)

Another dude down on his luck. Why? Cos he gambled away everything bar one thing…

“Honey, honey, honey won’t you open that door,

“This is your sweet daddy, don’t you love me no more?

“It’s cold outside, let me sleep on the floor,

“Honey won’t you open that door.”

I honky-tonked around Dallas,

I got in a poker game.

Well, somebody must-a been a-cheatin’,

I lost everything but my name.

Calcutta Auction (Michael Stanley Band)

Must admit I hadn’t heard of this expression before!

Here’s another rocky song from this non-nosense band:

Ah, welcome to the Calcutta auction

Oh we’ve all been bought and sold

Ladies and gentlemen, all your chips are down

Oh you got to pay to play or else you fold…

Michael Stanley is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and disc jockey. Both as a solo artist and with the Michael Stanley Band, his brand of heartland rock was popular in Cleveland and around the American Midwest in the 1970s and 1980s.
Hot Shot Gambler (Sweet)

Who would have thought that these innovative British Glam-Rock Hitsters had a gambling song?

I’ve been much too long in this old casino

Run out of money and luck

I gotta find a way to that lucky number

Hey buddy can you give me a bop

A fortune lost when the dice was tosed

Spinning the wheel was my friend

I though i knew when the bridge was crossed

Forget about tomorrow live for today

Dad’s Gonna Kill Me (Richard Thompson)

And why you’re dad gonna kill you? Oh no- been at the casino again! How did you get in when you were under-age!!
Ice Queen (The Stranglers)

A very posh version of this song, performed live at the Albert Hall. Even bad-boy Jean-Jacques Burnell has a whistle and flute on!

I was never sure of the accurate score

When I sat in for a hand with the Ice Queen

One day I’d win and the next I’d lose

When I sat in for the blues with the Ice Queen

I didn’t play fair, I was beyond care

The stakes were getting high

She started melting, when I was dealt in

I thought I’d just go along for the ride


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