The Night John Huston Died

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The Night John Huston Died…. John was a father figure to me, a great friend, a gifted writer, actor and director. I saw his film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre when I was a kid and knew I wanted to become an actor.

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He loved the game of poker, that's how I knew him best
By that time he was older, there was a cloud upon his chest
And if he won or lost his expression never changed
John was a student of the game

He wasn't much of a husband, he was married to his work
There were millions who loved him and a precious few he hurt
He was a man of vision who saw the world in frames
John was a master of the game

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And I saw Sierra Madre when I was just a kid
Somehow I had to find out how he did the things he did
His Red Badge of Courage, his African Queen
He taught me about life, casting shadows on a screen

No full house was showing the night John Huston died
Just faithful Maracella was sitting by his side
He found her hand and raised it high
A champ at the final bell
The last thing John said was "Give 'em Hell"

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He loved the game of poker, that's how I knew him best
By that time he was older, there was a cloud upon his chest
And if he won or lost his expression never changed
John was a student of the game

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from Ronny, Rad, and Karen, released September 17, 2013
R. Cox, D. Schlitz

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