• Oscar Brown, Jr.

YOU PLAY THE HAND YOU'RE DEALT

I lay a bet

To see a card

The one I get

To play is hard

What can I say?

I've always felt

You play the hand you’re dealt


One holds an ace

One has to trump

Whoever pays

Becomes the chump

A winning way

Can also melt

You play the hand you're dealt


A club, or spade

Diamond or heart

Whether you played

Suits dumb or smart

You had to stay

With cards you held

You play the hand you're dealt


To change the deal

Or beat the odds

We all appeal

To different gods

But though to pray

You may have knelt

You play the hand you're dealt


I've thought it out

I'm sure I'm right

Life is about

We have to fight

Though blows may stray

Below the belt

You play the hand you're dealt


Some folks you see

And may condemn

But who are we

To scoff at them?

Who knows how they

Have been compelled

You play the hand you're dealt




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