I am a roving gambler, gambled all around
Whenever I meet with a deck of cards
I lay my money down
Lay my money down, lay my money down

I had not been in Frisco many more weeks than three
I met up with a pretty little girl, she fell in love with me
Fell in love with me, fell in love with me

She took me in her parlor, she cooled me with her fan
Whispered low in her mother's ear I love this gambling man
Love this gambling man, love this gambling man

Oh daughter, oh daughter, how can you treat me so
Leave your dear old mother and with the gambler go
With the gambler go, with the gambler go

Oh mother, oh mother, I'll tell you if I can
If you ever see me coming back, I'll be with the gambling man
With the gambling man, with the gambling man

I left her in Frisco, I would up in Maine
I met up with a gambling man, we got in a poker game
Got in a poker game, got in a poker game

He put his money in the pot and dealt the cards around
Saw him deal from the bottom of the deck, so I shot the gambler down
Shot the gambler down, shot the gambler down

Now I'm down in prison, got a number for my name
The warden said as he locked the door you've gambled your last game
Gambled your last game, gambled your last game