Friends, this is Tex Ritter with a strange story about a soldier boy and a deck of cards. During the North African campaign, a bunch of soldier boys had been on a long hike and they arrived in a little town called Casino. The next morning being Sunday, several of the boys went to church. A sergeant commanded the boys in church and after the Chaplin had read the prayer the text was taken up next. Those of the boys who had a prayer book took them out. But this one boy only had a deck of card and so he spread them out. The sergeant saw the cards and said, Soldier, put away those cards. After the services were over the soldier was taken prisoner and was taken before the provost marshal. The marshal said sergeant, Why have you brought this man here? For playing cards in church, Sir.And what do you have to say for yourself son? Much, Sir replied the soldier. The Marshal said, I hope for if not, I shall punish you more than any man was ever punished.The soldier said, Sir, I have been on a march for six days and I had neither bible or prayer book, but I hope to satisfy you, Sir, with the purity of my intentions. With that the boy started his story.
You see sir when I see the Ace, it reminds me that there is but one God. And the deuce reminds me the bible is divided into two parts, the Old and the New Testament. And when I see the three, I think of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. When I see the four, I think of the four evangelists who preached the gospel, there was Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. And when I see the five it reminds me of the five wise virgins who trimmed their lamps. There were ten of them, five were wise and were saved and five were foolish and were shut out. And when I see the six it reminds me that in six days God made this great heaven and earth. And when I see the seven it reminds me that on the seventh day God rested from his great work. And when I see the eight, I think of the eight righteous people God saved when he destroyed this earth. There was Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives. And when I think of the nine, I think of the leapers our savior cleansed and nine of the ten didnt even thank him. When I see the ten, I think of the ten commandments God handed down to Moses on a table of stone. When I see the king, it reminds me that there is but one king in heaven, God all Mighty. And when I see the queen, I think of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is queen of heaven. And the Jack or knave is the Devil.
When I count the number of spots of a deck of cards I find three hundred and sixty-five, the number of days in a year. There are fifty-two cards, the number of weeks in a year. Theres four suits, the number of weeks in a month. Theres twelve picture cards, the number of months in a year. There are thirteen tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter. So you see, Sir, my deck of cards serves me as a Bible, almanac, and prayer book. And friends I know that story is true cause I knew that soldier.
As a teen in the early 50 s, and due to and accident I wasn t able to enlist in the Arm Forces, Being interested in Country Music I was lucky enough to have the Casssette Deck of Cards by Tex Ritter, and I m not positive anymore (at 77)I believe Capitol Records recorded it, and still hear it once in a while on Radio. Thanks T. Texas Tyler for your inspiration.
Richard J. (San Jose, Ca 29.01.2013)
I loved Tex Ritter and Deck of cards was my favorite of all and the ending was great. I know because I was that Soldier. I first heard it in the Ardenes forrest in 1943-44
Joe Morrison age 86 271st Inf E.T.O. (Clearwater, Florida 18.12.2010)
ITS A GREAT5 SONGFIRST HEARD IT EARLY40S
CARLOS MOSS (TENNESSEE 08.12.2010)
I had heard this one before and had received emails about it. I just wanted to look it up again. Because I was reminded simply by just looking at a deck of cards.
Sharon Ashworth (Bald Knob, AR 23.09.2010)
My dad used to know this song by heart and would tell us the story when we were young. I believe it is the best one that I remember him doing.
Ann (Versailles, IN 22.08.2010)
If im not mistaken the other name of this song is Desarotta (excuse the spelling).
mike (Buffalo, NY 25.06.2010)
This was one of my late fathers favourite songs, he used to sing along with it when it was played on the radio back in the 60s. When I hear it being sung I think of him. It has a very special meaning for me. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to tell people about my dad.
Philip Rudge (Walsall UK 31.03.2010)
At 69 I remember growing up with this song as I am sure every one knows its about WW I, but it is timeless every soldier can identify with it
keneth Mc Cutchen (ohio 25.12.2009)
Wonderful how he accociates each card with something from the Bible
Chris Harris (Canada 19.09.2009)
I first heard this song when my dad had it on a cassette tape. i have been searching for it but could not remember who sang it or the name of the song. its been years since i have heard, notice the cassette tape entry, haha! but i think of my dad, who was also a soldier, every time i think of or even hear this song! this web site and song are amazing! thank you so much for bringing back all these great memories!!
ROXIE MOORE (OKLAHOMA 25.07.2009)
A true blessing & a song we all need to hear & uphold
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