Fist Full Of Fives

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Nineteenth of January nineteen ninety nine
Around 41 minutes to twelve
King of all losin’ streaks nearly 91 grand behind
Another snake eyed glance and a dealer straight from hell

Mama she’d kill me if I told her where I’ve been
Daddy always said I wasn’t worth a damn
But we make our own luck and there’s a first time for everything
It all went down just the way I planned

First I bummed a cigarette from a real good lookin’ broad
Next I took a walk to the slot machines
Singin’ Marshall Tucker walkin’ out to the parkin’ lot
As I doused the place with gasoline

Then I raised my hands up and I said a couple words
Pulled the pin and pitched it right inside
Rainin’ green confetti the biggest bang I ever heard
I barely made it out alive
With the shirt on my back and fist full of fives

Walkin’ down Route 119 caught a couple dirty looks
From a man with a badge and another with a gun
I ain’t worried everybody knows the real crook
That snake eyed dealer I sent back to where he came from

First I bummed a cigarette from a real good lookin’ broad
Next I took a walk to the slot machines
Singin’ Marshall Tucker walkin’ out to the parkin’ lot
As I doused the place with gasoline

Then I raised my hands up and I said a couple words
Pulled the pin and pitched it right inside
Rainin’ green confetti the biggest bang I ever heard
I barely made it out alive
With the shirt on my back and fist full of fives


 - January 2020 -                                                                                                                             #314