Deck of Cards

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Deck of Cards
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Deck of Card lyrics and chords are intended for your personal use, it’s an excellent 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.
DECK* OF CARDS*By Tex Ritter  Words: Richard F Beckham Spoken:  Strum softly  G7               CDuring the North African campaign a bunch of soldier boys              F    Chad been on a long hike and they arrived in a little town                    C        F             Ccalled Cassino. The next day being Sunday, several of    G7           C                 G7the boys went to church. After the chaplain had read the prayer,  the text was taken up.                       E7Those of the boys who had a prayer book took them out, but                                G7this 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                  Csoldier was taken prisoner and brought before the provost marshal.F                  CThe marshal said, “Sergeant, why have you brought the                                 C             Fman here?” “For playing cards in church, Sir.”  “And what     C          G7                C       G7have you got to say for yourself, son?”  “Much, Sir.”                                            E7Replied the soldier.  The Marshall said, “I hope so, for if not I shall punish you more than any man was ever punished.”                   AmThe soldier said, “Sir, I’ve been on the march for about                                  D7six days, I had neither Bible nor prayer book, but I hope to             G7                              Csatisfy 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 thatthere is but one God; And the “DEUCE” reminds me that the Bible is divided intotwo 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 Evangelistswho preached the Gospel.  There was Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; And when I see the “FIVE”, it reminds me of the five wisevirgins who trimmed their lamps.  There were ten of them, fivewere 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 righteouspersons God saved when He destroyed this earth.  There wasNoah, his wife, their three sons and their wives; And when I see the “NINE”, I think of the lepers our Saviourcleansed.  And nine out of the ten didn’t even thank Him. When I see the “TEN”, I think of the Ten Commandments Godhanded down to Moses on a table of stone; When I see the “KING”, it reminds me that there is but oneKing 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                 CAnd friends, this is a true story, because I knew that soldier  This is a super story I really enjoy, the version I prefer was done by Tex Ritter. It’s one that you recite and strum chords while doing so. Copy Deck of Cards lyrics and chords and enjoy.