When I was young girl, a preacher came to visit us one evening. As they were visiting, I was sitting in the chair playing with a deck of cards. When the preacher left, my dad fussed at me for playing with the cards in front of the preacher. I didn’t know it was something that we weren’t suppose let church people know we did. I couldn’t understand why it was wrong to began with. It was just a fun game to play. Things have changed since then and cards aren’t look down upon as much anymore.
So when my husband, Jon, told me about hearing this song, “Deck of Cards, on the radio and telling me some of the words to the song, I just had to look it up the lyrics. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. I don’t believe my dad ever heard the song.
So not only will I have fun when I play with a deck of cards but I will be thinking of my Lord also.
Tex Ritter – Deck Of Cards (1948) Lyrics
During the North African Campaign,
a bunch of soldier boys had been on a long hike,
and they arrived in a little town called Casino.
The next morning, being Sunday,several of the boys went to church.
A Sargent commanded the boys in church,
and after the chaplain had read the prayer,
the text was taken up next.
Those of the boys who had a prayer books took them out,
but, this one boy had only a deck of cards,
and so he spread them out.
The Sargent saw the cards and said, ‘Soldier, put away those cards’.
After the services were over, the soldier was taken prisoner,
and brought before the Provost Marshall.
The Marshall 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,’ replied the soldier.
The Marshall said, ‘ I hope so, for if not,
I shall punish you more than any man was ever punished.’
The soldier said, ‘Sir, I have been on the march for about six days,
I have neither Bible nor prayerbook, but I hope to satisfy you, Sir,
with the purity of my intentions.’
And with that, the boy started his story.
‘You see sir, when I look at the Ace,
it reminds me that there is but one God,
and the deuce, reminds me that the bible is divided
into two parts, the old and the new testament.
When I see the trey, I think of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.
And when I see the four,I think of the four Evangelists who preached
the Gospel There was 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.
When I see the six, it reminds me that in six days,
God made this great Heaven and Earth.
When I see the seven, it reminds me that on the seventh day,
God rested from His great work.
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 Saviour cleansed,
and, nine out of the ten, didn’t even thank him.
When I see the ten, I think of the ten commandments,
God handed down to Moses on a table of stone.
When I see the king, it reminds me that there is but one King of Heaven,
And when I see the Queen, I think of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Who is Queen of Heaven, and the Jack of Knaves is the Devil.
When I count the number of spots in a deck of cards,
I find 365, the number of days in a year.
There are 52 cards, the number of weeks in a year.
There are four suits, the number of weeks in a month.
There are twelve picture cards, the number of months in a year.
There are thirteen tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter.
So, you see Sir, my pack of cards serves me as a Bible,
an Almanac, and a prayerbook.
And Friends, the story is true, I know,
I was that soldier.