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lesvance 26 Dec 02 - 01:08 PM
Amos 26 Dec 02 - 01:26 PM
katlaughing 26 Dec 02 - 01:28 PM
Art Thieme 26 Dec 02 - 06:32 PM
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Subject: Art Theime's Roving Gambler
From: lesvance
Date: 26 Dec 02 - 01:08 PM

During a period of semi-employment (no, I'm not a truck driver), I am digitizing my collection of cassettes which consists of off-air recording of late '70s and early '80s folk music programs.
One of them is a recording of the Come for to Sing Benefit Concert which was recorded in June, 1978 at Somebody Else's Trouble.
Unfortunately, I started the tape during Art's performance of "The Roving Gambler" and missed the start of a joke he was telling between verses. My tape starts on "...door, says This the home of the widow Yates? She says I'm Yates, but I ain't no widow. He says I got twenty bucks says you are."
If anyone could help me with the beginning of this joke, a frustration that has been irritating me for 21 years would be resolved.
Thanks in advance,
les


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Subject: RE: Art Theime's Roving Gambler
From: Amos
Date: 26 Dec 02 - 01:26 PM

Well I know a variant of it -- two Irish police climb up to an apartment in the city and knock on the door and ask the woman who answers, "Be ye the widow Murphy?". She replies, "I be Mrs Murphy, but I be no widow." To which the cops says, "Ah, just wait til ye see what they're bringing up the stairs!".

Kind of dark humor, huh? But I am sure it is the same basic joke you are looking for.


A


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Subject: RE: Art Theime's Roving Gambler
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Dec 02 - 01:28 PM

Art himself should be along soon to comment, too.


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Subject: RE: Art Theime's Roving Gambler
From: Art Thieme
Date: 26 Dec 02 - 06:32 PM

Good people, I used to toss all kinds oif comic relief into my shows because so many of my songs were about sad topics ---classically tragic songs. Those were the songs I wanted to thrust forward----the ones with the best tales within---and the songs that had the most to show us. But the story you're looking for involved a gambler who turned just about everything he did into a wager. I'm missing part of it I think.
Anyhow, he knocked on the door. "Are you the widow Yates?" She answers, "I'm Yates, bit I ain't no widow." He says. "I got twenty bucks that says you are !"

Another one I sometimes tossed between the verses of this song in loud bars like Somebody Else's Troubles (just to focus folks attention a bit better, don't ya know) is this one:

A nun walking down the street found a twenty dollar bill. She went back to the convent thinking over how she might spend it, Looking out her window, she sees an old hobo lurching down the street, one shoe on and one shoe off---one foot in the gutter and the other on the curb---just looking for cigarette butts. She sighs once or twice, writes a not to the fellow that says, "Don't despair, ---- Sister Mary"----and she puts the money with the note and tosses it out the window to the guy. He picks it up, reads the note, waves and heads on down the street.-------------- A week later there comes a knock on the door of that convent. It was that same guy with 120.00 for Sister Mary. Don't Despair came in a six to one.

I do hope this helps. Nice to know that stuff is still floatin' 'round out there.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Art Theime's Roving Gambler
From: lesvance
Date: 26 Dec 02 - 06:58 PM

Hi Art, thanks for the recollection. Before the last verse, is the bit about the new machine installed at a casino in Jersey to provide instant therapy for the losers. Put in a quarter and the machine asks you your iq so it can talk at your level. Have a conversation and it makes everything ok. [...} The last guy comes up and puts in a quarter. The machine says 'what's your IQ?' The guy answers '40' and the machine says '10-4 good buddy'.

all the best, les vance


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Subject: RE: Art Theime's Roving Gambler
From: Art Thieme
Date: 26 Dec 02 - 08:18 PM

Vance, the part I forgot was the beginning::: I'd make a loud person in the club the brunt of the joke. I'd mention that, say, Earl Pionche had been out back shooting dice and a fight broke out. Earl killed a guy in the fight and everybody thought, since he'd done it, he ought to be the one to go tell his wife she was now a widow... It went on from there...

Art


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Subject: RE: Art Theime's Roving Gambler
From: MAG
Date: 26 Dec 02 - 08:39 PM

I heard a version of this from a vet I once had a short, strange relationship with:

aftert a lieutenant hears the sarge tell a peon that his mother is dead, in the usual sarge barky way, he sends him to sensitivity training, much to the disgruntlement of the sarge.

He gets another telegram to deliver, and at inspection tells anyone without a mother to fall one step back. The recently bereaved fellow tearfully falls back. The sarge says, NO NO NO Perez; get back there with Sandusky!

I gather sarge jokes were (are?) favorites of vets ...


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