DECK OF CARDS (Revised Version)
Recorded by Bill Anderson
Writer: Bill Anderson
When I first heard this song, I was a little boy growing up down in
the state of South Carolina. The song had been written and recorded
by a man named T. Texas Tyler. The song in it's original form related
to something that happened during the second World War. Last year,
early in 1991, when things were going kinda crazy over on the other
side of the world, I remembered this old song. And I rewrote the first
part of it to fit the situation. The second part of it I left like it's
been all of these years, because you can't improve upon perfection.
I'd like to dedicate this tonight to all the Veterans, to their
families, their loved ones and everybody that loves this country.
It was a sweltering hot Sunday morning in the Saudia Arabian desert and
a young soldier sat alone in his tent, deep in thought. A picture of his
wife and children back home in the United States, rested on a table
His mind began to wander across the miles, back to other Sunday mornings,
that seemed so long ago, now, and so far away. He thought of home and he
knew that when this day dawned in America, his family would go to church,
to pray for his well-being and his safe return. The young soldier reached
into his bag and he took out a deck of playing cards. He began to spread
them out across his bunk. About that time, one of his buddies came by and
said, "You gonna get up a game?" No, the soldier replied, "I'm gonna spend
a little quiet time with the Lord." "Looks like to me you're playing
His friend said. "No, you see, I don't have my Bible and since we can't
display our religion in public, here, I brought along this deck of cards."
And with that, the young boy started his story.
"You see, when I look at the ACE, I'm reminded me that there is but
And the DEUCE reminds me that the Bible is divided into two parts;
The Old and the New Testaments;
When I look at the TREY, I think of the Father, the Son, and the
When I see the FOUR, I'm reminded of the four Evangelists, who preached
the Gospel. There was Matthew, Mark, Luke and John;
And when I see the FIVE, I think of the five wise virgins who trimmed
their lamps. There were ten of them, five were wise and were saved. Five
were foolish and were shut out;
And when I look at the SIX, I'm reminded that in six days, God made this
great heaven and earth;
The SEVEN reminds me that on the seventh day, God rested from His great
When I see the EIGHT, I think of the eight righteous persons God saved
when He destroyed this old world. There was Noah, his wife, their three
sons and their wives;
And when I look at the NINE, I think of the lepers our Saviour cleansed.
And nine out of the ten, didn't even thank Him.
And when I see the TEN, I think of the Ten Commandments God handed down
to Moses on the table of stone;
When I look at the KING, it reminds me that there is but one King of
Heaven, God Almighty;
The QUEEN reminds me of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven;
And the JACK, or KNAVE is the Devil;
When I count the number of spots on a deck of cards,
I find 365 - the number of days in a year;
There;s 52 cards - the number of weeks in a year;
There's 4 suits - the number of weeks in a month;
There's 12 picture cards - the number of months in a year;
There's 13 tricks - the number of weeks in a quarter;
So you see, my friend, this deck of cards serves me as a Bible,
As an Almanac and as a Prayer Book."
"And friends, this story is true, I know, because I know that soldier."