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Paddy Rea

Never play cards with Paddy Rea,
Just ignore his Celtic charm,
For playing cards with Paddy Rea
Can do your wallet harm.
I once played Crib with Paddy Rea.
We were winning game for game,
Then he suggested we  raise the stakes
I've only myself to blame,

For Paddy Rea so quickly lost
His casual Celtic charm
Played each card with ruthless skill
And an eerie calm.
Oh never play cards with Paddy Rea
Because by gentle stages
He took most games with ease and
I owed him one weeks wages.

Let's play a game of double or quits
Suggested Paddy Rea
A hopeful gleam in his eyes as I
Put the cards away.
Oh never play cards with Paddy Rea
He has luck of the devil
And the way he lures you in
Is positively blooming evil

Never play cards with Paddy Rea
He's full of skill and guile
And there's  a steely will to win
Behind his charming smile.
The last time I saw old Paddy Rea
Was on his demob day
We said goodbye at the gate
And Old Paddy went on his way.

I often think of him these days
That man of guile and charm
And how he in a few short hours
Caused me real financial harm.
Old Paddy taught me a lesson
Play cards for cash if you choose
But never ever gamble for more
Than you can afford to lose.

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