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Jack of Spades, Jack of Diamonds
Queen of Hearts, and King of Clubs
Jack of Trades, that drew my choices
That proved to make my luck

I went up to see my mother
I went down to see my kin
Where I’m here and there and everywhere
Wild into the wind

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Dress me up in sins of diamonds
Dress me down then go all in
Well then cast 'em toward my fortune
Go knockin' for your gin

Heart of man, friend of darkness
Keep your cards close to your chest
You went up, then you went sideways
Stacked your coins against the deck

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Wicked Luck, Lady Tarot
Keep your cards, I’ll buy your bluff
Fifty bucks to curse the bored game
Now I think I’ve paid enough

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Call me out, call me crazy
I’ve committed now to call
Double-blind, I’m holding Jokers
Burnt the hearts before the fall

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As it turns, the rolling River
I learn to love the hand I’m dealt
Since I’d rather lose the Jackson
Then never held the felt

So one night, away from anger
I saw a ghost I called a cat
I called him close, I called him neighbor
As he turned raccoon or Jack

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from Visitors, released April 14, 2021
Ben Hjertmann: voice, fretless electric guitar, pedal steel guitar
Emmalee Hunnicutt: cello, voice

Music and Lyrics by Ben Hjertmann

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Ben Hjertmann Asheville, North Carolina

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Microtonal Folk
Experimental-Indie

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