The Night John Huston Died

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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

Chorus
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"

Chorus

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

5. I've Lost My Touch (J. Cox)

Had the world in the palm of my hand
Back then I was a cocky man
And I followed my every hunch
Can't place where it all went wrong
But now I'm singing me a different song

Oh, no, I've lost my touch
I can't buy a break
I don't have a dime
And that don't get me peace of mind
She used to make my day
But then she walked away
Oh, no, I've lost my touch
When I was on a roll
Arrogance took its toll
I trusted my luck too much
Now I spin down, down, down
On a crash course with the ground

Oh, no, I've lost my touch
Everything that ever comes my way
Shining bright like a piece of gold
When it hits my hands it's a lump of coal
I used to make her sigh
Today she passed me by
Oh, no, I've lost my touch

Oh Lady Luck please hear my prayer
Don't turn your nose up in the air
Because I need a favor from you
Please send a seven for these dice
Or a better weapon than a knife
To cover me if I should lose

I can't buy a break
Because I don't have a dime
But right now I need to buy some time
She used to ride my arm
Now she's sent me into harm
Oh, no, I've lost my touch
Oh, no, I've lost my touch

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from Acoustic Eclectricity, released January 1, 2000
R. Cox, D. Schlitz

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