Music Service


Lyrics by: Tom T. Hall
# Debut Chart
1 Mar '70 Country


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He said pardon me for bein' so bold but you got a cigarette that's already rolled I gave him one he lit it in his own good time The smoke in that poolroom hung like a fog When he talked it sounded like a growling dog He said would you care for a dollar on the five or nine Now this man was ugly and his eyes were mean His clothes were dirty but his hands were clean He held that stick like a mother holds the hand of the child Well I've been known to hustle a few when the waitress said was he playing you And I said yeah bring me brandy water by Little Red Parker was way in the back taking quarters and hadling racks And I told him Red come up here glue 'em up tight That brandy had me feeling warm I tipped that waitress and I checked her form And I said honey you like a winner and she just smiled I played like a man with a broken wrist I won two and he won six And I had him set up so I said let's play for five But this time the crowd had gathered round to see this fish and just watch him drown I told that waitress more brandy water by Then he went out and got a custom cue he said it's no offence to you But I don't play off the wall with nobody but friends He had a gold initials in a leather grip pearly and silver inlaid tip He smiled at me and he said hell-a-way we play for ten Well I never seen a man that walk who made those balls and table talk They're speaking English he sure didn't need my help He broke the ball and kept that string for a hundred and eighty seven bucks and a ring Till I gave up and said friend you're gonna have to play by yourself Well he racked it up and walked outside and I strolled out just to watch him ride And there was a blonde in their Caddy built like the rest of that car The boys in the poolroom they had 'em a laugh and I hung it up and just let it pass And had nothin' but my elbows to put on the bar And the waitress smiled said water by I took the chairity and thanked her polite And sittin' there sippin' and suddenly I had me a thought Unlucky gambler and lucky in love guess you know what I was thinking of When I said waitress honey what time do you get off


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