Ace In The Hole by Johnny Mercer
This town is full of guys
Who think theyâ€™re mighty wise
Just because they know a thing or two
Youâ€™ll meet them, night and day
Strollinâ€™ up and down Broadway
Telling of the wonders they can do
Oh, sing it, Bobby boy!
I just did
Thereâ€™s con men and thereâ€™s boosters
Thereâ€™s card sharks and crapshooters
They congregate around the Metropole
If I knew what that meant, I would agree with him
They wear flashy ties and collars
Yes, but where do they get their dollars?
They all have got an ace, down in the hole
Yes, and some of them write
To the old folks for coin
And that is their ace in the hole
And others have friends
On the old Tenderloin
Thatâ€™s their old ace in the hole
Why, theyâ€™ll tell you of trips
That theyâ€™re going to make
From Florida to the North Pole
The fact is, their name would be 'Mud'
Just like a chum playinâ€™ stud
If they lost that old ace in the hole
Oh yes, now, some of them write
Youâ€™ll find a lot of them write to the
(Just a minute, just a minute)
Let the man play his piano solo
But I want to sing tenor
I donâ€™t really care if you sing ten or twenty minutes
After heâ€™s through playinâ€™ piano
Listen to â€˜em, I think I make it better than he does
Well, thatâ€™s the nastiest remark Iâ€™ve ever heard
Listen now, if you donâ€™t like the way I sing
Why donâ€™t you sing?
Sing 'Melancholy Baby', sing something!
Why, they tell you of the trips
Theyâ€™re gonna make
Over Florida, all the way up to the North Pole
Oh, itâ€™s sad, it's sad, Volare!
But their names would be mud
Like a chum playinâ€™ stud
If they lost that old ace, ace in the hole
Have another drink!