Been Gambling So Long (Ain't Got Much Left to Lose)

from by Duke Buzzy



Gambling. Bob Dylan. Double-down on double-time. Win or lose, it doesn't matter; it's in the throwing, not in what the dice say after.


Back to the table; god I missed it -
Get rich, shit; get atavistic -
Represent nothing but a lot of misfits -
a handful of soup & a pot of biscuits -
All out on a shoddy ticket -
Ain't shit, but I gotta risk it -
It's a livin, and a shallow business -
Ask anyone around who lives this -
Tt's a Crap-shoot, tryin'a stack loot -
ain't nobody gonna give a half-hoot -
if you lack roots & get smacked loose -
or run foul of the big black-jack-boot -
Me and him? ain't spoke a while -
last time we did, I choked a smile -
Kept the lid on; smoke and guile -
king in a cage; joker's wild -
So whatever this gambler needs,
gonna fit in a Cadillac trunk -
and once lit the fuse, win or lose,
kissed or bruised he'll be Cadillac drunk -
Rolling bones for a broken home -
passionate as a fanatic-ass monk -
and ain't nothing to laugh at, nothing to grab at.
That Titanic has sunk -
I wanna lay back, relax, tap some ass
to badass battle-ax funk -
cuz I'm back in the saddle; half-whacked & addled
and I hafta handle that stunt -
I got a one-man plan to attack and rattle,
and you can't dismantle that, punk -
Ain't gonna rap to cattle, like it's half the battle;
cuz I can't be having that junk…

Luck is a lady, they say;
and she got them deuces that trump -
she knows it too; she been swaying that
big caboose with a bump -
sparkling in sequins and jewellery,
circling these dupes for a month -
she wears it nice & tight in the back,
but loose in the front...
And I can't resist her;
she says "Choose," and I jump
All in, and all on the line, all knowing -
there's rules to this, chump - understand
But there's always some asshat
gotta ruin the fun -
by getting too fuckin drunk,
and producing a gun -
like this:
I got me a buzz on, and I don't fuck with the fear.
I'm looking for trouble son; you should have snuck outta here.
Brother, I don't know who the fuck put what in your ear - but clearly
You don't mean nothing; you just threw up in your beer
Pure luck, no additives;
never mind how bad it is - it is what it is
…nevermind he's mad at his -
if I had enough fucks, I'd be glad to give -
That there account's accurate -
I swear on the Virgin Immaculate - love
I love winning and losing; that's the shit - That's
All that I hafta get…


I been Gamblin' so long (3x) -
How Long?
Lord, I ain't got much more to lose
these hands are hot; got more than moves
and you cannot ignore the muse
man, I have got some stories too…

I been Gamblin' so long (3x) -
How Long?
Lord, I ain't got much more to lose
win lose or drop; just pour the booze…
chip for the pot; match for the fuse…
get bored a lot; get more confused…


from Bat Country, released April 14, 2015
written, arranged by S.Duke Ellis
produced, performed by Duke Buzzy
recorded, mixed, mastered by Duke at Krow Magma Studio, Toronto




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Duke was born in Toronto & immediately taken away from it. Years later, he went back for 7 years & loved it.

Now he's in Ottawa, focusing on production, as opposed to being a solo artist.

For 2 years Duke hosted & produced "Between Bars on Round Table Radio," a podcast dedicated to independent Canadian Hip Hop music & the artists who create it.
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