Pinwheel of Death

T. Texas Tyler


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Writers T. Texas Tyler

Genres Country, Pop, Americana, Spoken Word

Recorded 1948

Lyrics [spoken:]
DURING THE NORTH AFRICAN CAMPAIGN
A BUNCH OF SOLDIER BOYS
HAD BEEN ON A LONG HIKE.
THEY ARRIVED IN A LITTLE TOWN
CALLED CASSINO
AND THE NEXT DAY
BEING SUNDAY,
SEVERAL OF THE BOYS
WENT TO CHURCH.
AFTER THE CHAPLAIN
READ THE PRAYER,
THE TEXT WAS TAKEN UP.
THOSE BOYS WHO HAD PRAYERBOOKS
TOOK THEM OUT
BUT ONE BOY
HAD ONLY
A DECK OF CARDS,
SO HE SPREAD THEM OUT.
THE SERGEANT
WHO COMMANDED THE BOYS
SAW THE CARDS
AND SAID, SOLDIER,
PUT AWAY THOSE CARDS.
AFTER THE SERVICE WAS OVER
THE SOLDIER WAS TAKEN PRISONER
AND BROUGHT
BEFORE THE PROVOST MARSHAL.
THE MARSHAL SAID,
SERGEANT,
WHY HAVE YOU BROUGHT
THIS MAN HERE?
FOR PLAYING CARDS IN CHURCH,
SIR.
AND WHAT HAVE YOU TO SAY
FOR YOURSELF, SON?
MUCH, SIR,
THE SOLDIER REPLIED.
THE MARSHAL SAID,
I HOPE SO,
FOR IF NOT
I SHALL PUNISH YOU SEVERELY.
THE SOLDIER SAID,
YOU SEE, SIR,
I HAVE BEEN ON THE MARCH
FOR SIX DAYS
AND HAVE HAD NEITHER BIBLE
NOR PRAYERBOOK,
BUT I HOPE TO SATISFY YOU,
SIR,
WITH THE PURITY OF MY INTENTIONS.

YOU SEE SIR,
WHEN I LOOK AT THE ACE
IT REMINDS ME
THERE IS BUT ONE GOD,
AND WHEN I SEE THE DEUCE
IT REMINDS ME
THAT THE BIBLE
IS DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS,
THE OLD
AND THE NEW TESTAMENTS,
AND WHEN I SEE THE TREY
I THINK OF THE FATHER,
THE SON
AND THE HOLY GHOST.
AND WHEN I SEE THE FOUR,
I THINK OF
THE FOUR EVANGELISTS
WHO PREACHED THE GOSPEL,
THERE WERE MATTHEW,
MARK,
LUKE AND JOHN.
AND WHEN I SEE THE FIVE
IT REMINDS ME
OF THE FIVE WISE VIRGINS
WHO TRIMMED THEIR LAMPS.
THERE WERE TEN OF THEM:
FIVE WERE WISE
AND WERE SAVED,
FIVE WERE FOOLISH
AND WERE SHUT OUT.
AND WHEN I SEE THE SIX
IT REMINDS ME
THAT IN SIX DAYS
GOD MADE
THIS GREAT HEAVEN
AND EARTH.
AND WHEN I SEE THE SEVEN
IT REMINDS ME
THAT ON THE SEVENTH DAY
GOD RESTED.
AND WHEN I SEE THE EIGHT
I THINK
OF THE EIGHT RIGHTEOUS PERSONS
GOD SAVED
WHEN HE DESTROYED THIS EARTH:
THERE WAS NOAH,
HIS WIFE,
THEIR THREE SONS
AND THEIR WIVES.

AND WHEN I SEE THE NINE
I THINK OF THE LEPERS
OUR SAVIOR CLEANSED
AND NINE OF THE TEN
DIDN'T EVEN THANK HIM.
WHEN I SEE THE TEN
I THINK OF
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
GOD HANDED TO MOSES
ON THE TABLE OF STONE.
AND WHEN I SEE THE KING
IT REMINDS ME
ONCE AGAIN
THERE IS BUT ONE
KING OF HEAVEN,
GOD ALMIGHTY.
AND WHEN I SEE THE QUEEN,
I THINK OF
THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,
WHO IS THE QUEEN OF HEAV'N.
AND THE JACK OR KNAVE
IS THE DEVIL.
AND WHEN I COUNT
THE NUMBER OF SPOTS
ON A DECK OF CARDS
I FIND THREE HUNDRED
AND SIXTY FIVE,
THE NUMBER OF DAYS
IN A YEAR.
THERE ARE FIFTY TWO CARDS,
THE NUMBER OF WEEKS
IN A YEAR.
THERE ARE THIRTEEN TRICKS,
THE NUMBER OF WEEKS
IN A QUARTER.
THERE ARE FOUR SUITS,
THE NUMBER OF WEEKS
IN A MONTH.
THERE ARE TWELVE PICTURE CARDS,
THE NUMBER OF MONTHS
IN A YEAR.
SO YOU SEE, SIR,
MY DECK OF CARDS
HAS SERVED ME AS A BIBLE,
ALMANAC AND PRAYERBOOK.

AND, FRIENDS,
THIS STORY IS TRUE.
I KNOW,
BECAUSE I WAS THAT SOLDIER.