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/ C The / festival was over, and / F / C The / boys were all plannin' for a / fall. / C The / cabaret was quiet, / F / C Ex - / cept for the drillin' in the / wall. / F - C The / curfew had been lifted and / G - C The / gamblin' wheel shut down, F - C Anyone with any sense, / G - G Had / a - ready left town. / C He was / standin' in the doorway F - G / C / / Lookin' like the Jack of Hear - / arts. / / He / moved across the mirrored room, "Set em up for everyone," he / said, Then / everyone commenced to do, What / they'd been doin', Be - fore he moved their / heads. Then he / walked up to a stranger, and He / asked him with a grin, "Could you / kindly tell me, mister, What / time the show be - gins?" He / moved into the corner, Face down like the Jack of Hear - / arts Back - stage the girls were playin' Five-card stud by the / stairs, Lily had two queens, She was / hopin' for a third, To match her / pair. Out - / side the streets were fillin' up, and A / window was open wide, A / gentle breeze was blowin', You could / feel it from in - side. Lily called a - nother bet, and Drew up the Jack of Hear - / arts. Big Jim was no one's fool, He owned the town's only diamond / mine, He / made his usual entrance, Lookin' all so dandy and so / fine. With his / bodyguards and silver cane, and Every hair in place, He / took whatever he wanted to, and He / laid it all to waste,. But his / bodyguards and his silver cane, They were / no match for the Jack of Hear - / arts Rose - / mary co - ombed her hair, and Took the carriage into / town, She / slipped into the side door, Lookin' like a queen without a / crown. She / fluttered her false eyelashes and Whispered in his ear, "I'm / sorry, darlin', that I'm late," But he / didn't seem to hear. He was / starin' into space, Over at the Jack of Hear - / arts. "Well I / know I've seen that face somewhere," Big Jim was thinkin' to him - / self, "Maybe down in Mexico or A / picture up - on some - body's / shelf." But then the / crowd began to stamp their feet, and The / house lights did dim, and In the darkness of the room, There was / only Jim and him, Starin' at the butterfly, Who / just up drew up the Jack of Hear - / arts Lily was a princess, She was / fair-skinned and precious as a / child, She / had that certain something Was a kind of a flash,, Every time she / smiled. She'd / come away from a broken home, Had / lots of strange af - fairs, With / men in every walk of life, Who / took her every - where. But she'd / never met any - one Quite like the Jack of Hear - / arts. The / hangin' judge came in un - / noticed, and Was being wined and / dined, The / drillin' in the wall kept up, But / no one seemed to pay it any / mind. It was / known all a - round, That / Lily had Jim's ring, and Nothing would ever come, Between / Lily and the king. No, / nothin' ever could, Ex - / cept maybe the Jack of Hear - / arts. Rosemary started drinkin' hard and Seein' her re - flection in the / knife, She was / tired of the at - tention, Tired of playin' the role of Big Jim's / wife. She had / done a lot of bad things, Even / once tried sui - cide, Was / lookin' to do just one good / deed Before she died. She was / gazin' to the future, Riding on the Jack of Hear - / arts Lily took her dress off, Buried it a - / way. "Has your / luck run out?" she laughed at him, "I / guess you must have known it would some - / day. Be / careful not to touch the wall, There's a / brand-new coat of paint, I'm / glad to see you're still alive, and You're / lookin' like a saint." Down the hallway footsteps Were / comin' for the Jack of Hear - / arts The / Backstage manager was / pacin', All a - round by his / chair. "There's / somethin' funny going on, " I / know, I can just feel it in the / air." He / went to get the hangin' judge, But the / hangin' judge was drunk, and The / leading actor hurried by In the / costume of a monk. But there was no / actor any - where, Better than the Jack of Hear - / arts. Lili had her arms a - round the / man She dearly loved to / touch, She for - / got all a - bout the man, She / hated who hounded her so / much, I / missed you so she said to him, and He / thought she was sincere But / in the hallway he fou - ound Jealousy and fear Just another night in the / life of the Jack of Hear - / arts No one knew the circumstance But / they say that it happened pretty / quick, The / door to the dressing room burst / open and A cold revolver / clicked, and Big Jim was standin' there, You / couldn't say sur - prised, Rose - / mary right be - side him, Steady in her eyes. She was / with Big Jim, But she was / leanin' to the Jack of Hear - / arts Two doors down and the / boys, Finally made it through the / wall, and They / cleaned out the bank safe, Said they got off with quite a / haul, and In the / darkness of the riverbed, They / waited on the ground, For / one more member, Who had / business back in town. But they / couldn't go no further, With - out the Jack of Hear - / arts. Well the / next day was hangin' day, The / sky was overcast and / black, Big Jim lay covered up, Killed by a penknife in the / back, and Rose - / mary on the gallows, Lord she / didn't even blink, The / hangin' judge was sober, Lord, he / hadn't had a drink and, The / only person on the scene Missing was the Jack of Hear - / arts Well the / cabaret was quiet now, and A / sign said, "Closed for re - / pair," Lily had already taken / all of the dye Out of her / hair. She was / thinkin' about her father, Who she / very rarely saw, Thinkin' about Rosemary, and Thinkin' about the law. But, / most of a - all she was / thinkin' About the Jack of Hear - / arts.