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    "I'm Waiting for Ships That Never Come In" Lyrics

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    (Jack Yellen - Abe Olsen)

    I'm waiting for ships that never come in.
    I wonder where they can be?

    Life is only a game of poker
    And happiness is the partner
    They deal you five cards in the cradle
    And you play wether your like it or not.

    Some get a pat hand to start with
    And the game doesn't seem on the square
    When you look at your hand and discover
    You were born without even a pair.

    But there's no use in kicking or squawking
    Just pick up your cards and begin
    To figure and plan and puzzle
    While fate looks on with a grin.

    Some take a chance at bluffing
    And stake everything they've got
    On a little dinky little poor flush
    And sometimes that wins a plot.

    Others will break up openers
    To draw for a middle straight
    They know what a chance they're takin'
    And they learned their mistake, too late.

    Some can't play crooked
    Against all good advice
    But they seldom get away with it
    And in the end they've paid the price.

    The most of us play straight poker
    But I'll tell you boys it's hard
    When you're there with both ends open
    And you can't draw the winning card

    Now, I've always been a loser
    It seems that I never can win
    And I'm just a dreamer who's waiting
    For ships that never come in.

    I wonder, where they can be?..
    • submitted by GeeWhiz
    • corrected on August 24th, 2005
    • written by Abe Olman, Jack Yellen
    • copyright with Lyrics © Jack Yellen Music, T.R.O. Inc.

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