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Deck Of Cards
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story told by Tex Ritter. It's more of a poem but it's really nice if
you softly strum chords on a guitar as you recite it.
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DECK OF CARDS By Tex Ritter written by Richard F Beckham
Spoken: Strum softly
G7 C During the North African campaign a bunch of soldier boys F C had been on a long hike and they arrived in a little town C F C called Cassino. The next day being Sunday, several of G7 C G7 the boys went to church. After the chaplain had read the prayer
the text was taken up.
E7 Those of the boys who had a prayer book took them out, but G7 this one boy had only a deck of cards, and so he spread
them out. The Sergeant who commanded the boys saw the cards and said, G7 "Soldier put away those cards." After the service was over, the C soldier was taken prisoner and brought before the provost marshal. F C The marshal said, "Sergeant, why have you brought the C F man here?" "For playing cards in church, Sir." "And what C G7 C G7 have you got to say for yourself, son?" "Much, Sir." E7 Replied the soldier. The Marshall said, "I hope so, for
if not I shall punish you more than any man was ever punished." Am The soldier said, "Sir, I've been on the march for about D7 six days, I had neither Bible nor prayer book, but I hope to G7 C satisfy you, Sir, with the purity of my intentions."
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 Testaments
And when I see the "THREE", I think of the Father, the 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
And 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 Saviour 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" or "KNAVE" is the Devil
When I count the number of spots on a deck of cards I find 365, the number of days in a year There;s 52 cards, the number of weeks in a year There's 4 suits, the number of weeks in a month There's 12 picture cards, the number of months in a year There's 13 tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter So you see, Sir, my pack of cards serves me as a Bible Almanac and Prayer Book. F Fm C And friends this is a true story because I knew that soldier
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