Diamond Joe

1. Now There's a man you'll hear about

Most anywhere you go,

And his holdings are in Texas

And his name is Diamond Joe.

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2. And he carries all his money

In a diamond-studded jar.

He never took much trouble

With the process of the law.

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3. I hired out to Diamond Joe, boys,

Did offer him my hand,

He gave a string of horses

So old they could not stand.

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4. And I nearly starved to death, boys,

He did mistreat me so,

And I never saved a dollar

In the pay of Diamond Joe.

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5. Now his bread it was corn dodger

And his meat you couldn't chaw,

Nearly drove me crazy

With the waggin' of his jaw.

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6. And the tellin' of his story,

Mean to let you know

That there never was a rounder

That could lie like Diamond Joe.

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7. Now, I tried three times to quit him,

But he did argue so

I'm still punchin' cattle

In the pay of Diamond Joe.

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8. And when I'm called up yonder

And it's my time to go,

Give my blankets to my buddies

Give the fleas to Diamond Joe.

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by Bob Dylan (arr)

Copyright 1992 Special Rider Music

First release: Good as I Been to You, 1992

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