Lonnie Donegan – Jack O’ Diamonds

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Jack/John.

While America was Rockin England was listening to Skiffle. Lonnie Donegan was known as the King of Skiffle. He influenced bands like the Beatles and members of Led Zeppelin. Jimmy Page was in a Skiffle band when he was only 14. The song reached #14 on UK’s singles chart in 1957. The song was originally recorded by Blind Lemon Jefferson in 1926 and covered by numerous artists.

 

Jack O’ Diamonds

Jack O’Diamonds, one-eyed knave
On the move, hits the street
Bumps his head, on the ground
Well, he’s a scout, you’re born to lose
Shouldn’t stay Jack O’Diamonds is a hard card
To play Jack O’Diamonds, yeah Jack O’Diamonds
This one-eyed prince, wears a single love
Oh sure, he’s not that lovely
Jack O’Diamonds broke my hand
Left me here to stand Jack O’Diamonds is a
Hard card to land Jack O’Diamonds is a hard card
Jack O’Diamonds is a high card
Jack O’Diamonds is a hard card
But it ain’t hard enough Jack O’Diamonds can open for riches
Jack O’Diamonds but then it switches
Colour by picture but it’s only a ten Jack O’Diamonds,
Yeah Jack O’Diamonds Jack O’Diamonds is a hard
Card to play Jack O’Diamonds, yeah Jack O’Diamonds
This one-eyed prince, wears a single love
Oh sure, he’s not that lovely
Jack O’Diamonds broke my hand
Left me here to stand Jack O’Diamonds is a
Hard card to play Jack O’Diamonds is a hard card
Jack O’Diamonds is a high card
Jack O’Diamonds is a hard card
But it ain’t hard enough Jack O’Diamonds can open for riches
Jack O’Diamonds but then it switches
Colour by picture but it’s only a ten
Jack O’Diamonds

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