#03612
30 For 60 (Ron Hynes) videos
#2421: YouTube video by Q on CBC
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

I don't have the five in my hand,
Not a last leg to stand upon;
But what the hell… 30 for 60,
Let the night swell;
Somebody fix me a single malt whiskey.

And I don't have the jack or the ace,
But I got on my good poker face;
And I'm holding my queen… 30 for 60,
I'm feelin' hungry and lean;
And life's about chances,
And the king's in the kitty… 30 for 60.

You better take this to heart,
You can gamble your soul;
I'm sixty-five now and I'm still in the hole,
And life's just a game…
It's a grand piece of fun,
And there's nothing else I can go on…

And I don't have the jack or the ace,
But I got on this good poker face;
And I'm holding my queen… and it's 30 for 60,
Feelin' hungry and mean;
And life's about chances,
And the king's in the kitty… 30 for 60.

You better take this to heart,
You can gamble your soul;
I'm sixty-five now and I'm still in the hole,
And life's just a game…
It's a grand piece of fun,
And there's little else I can go on…

And I don't have the five in my hand,
But I recall my old man used to say:
"What the hell! I'm going 30 for 60,
Let the night swell;
And somebody fix me a single malt whiskey."
30 for 60… 30 for 60… 30 for 60.

SPOKEN:
[I wrote that with Al Pittman]

####.... Ron Hynes and Al Pittman, ©2010. All Rights Reserved ....####
Recorded by Ron Hynes (Stealing Genius, trk#7, 2010 CD, Borealis Records, Toronto, Ontario, produced, recorded, and mixed by Paul Mills at The Millstream, Toronto, Ontario).

The video above features a CBC film of Ron Hynes performing live at Memorial University's Reid Theatre for the St John's, Newfoundland 2010 Juno Award special.


See more songs by Ron Hynes.

30 for 60 is an all-out bid, in a card game known as 120s (or some call it auction forty-fives or growl). When you're down in the game, it's a Hail Mary bid to beat your opponent. The cards Ron Hynes sings about that he doesn't have are the five, jack, and ace which are the three best cards you can have in your hand. Going 30 for 60 means that if you make all five tricks you get 60 points but if you lose even one trick you end up losing 30. Goal of the game is to get to 120 points, hence the name 120s.

The video below features a cover performance recorded by Allison Crowe (Newfoundland Vinyl II, trk#9, 2014, © Allison Crowe - voice, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, tin whistle, percussion, arranger, engineer, producer and photographer).


#2155: YouTube video by Allison Crowe
©2014 ~ Used with permission ~


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