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A rollicking, bluesy number energized by barrelhouse piano and slinky slide guitar, "Throw the Dice" jokes about the many uncertainties of life, and is just plain good fun. "You're guaranteed to win or lose...but you won't know until you roll, roll, roll!"
Throw The Dice
(lyrics and music by Rainey)
(Sung by the Empress of Gallilee and Bohemia, Gervaise Rousseau)

Opportunity don't knock twice
Maybe leave you out as cold as ice
Action speaks louder than words
Good as gone
Good as gone
If you're never heard
Ever since that beginning breath
A baby takes with such innocence
With never a clue to what's coming next
It's all up
In the air
Might as well
Take a guess

Could be good, could be bad
But you won't know until you roll
Might be the worst thing you ever had
But you won't know until you roll
Or way beyond your wildest dreams
You won't know, not until you throw
Or maybe you'll come up even and clean
Just don't know until you roll

A child is taught to believe
The cream will rise and honest effort will succeed
But how can anyone explain
The way these fools
Get so far
So far up in the game
At first glance it might seem unfair
That you must serve those so undeserving there
But don't put faith in your fate being sealed
That Equalizer
The Great God Chance
Is leveling
The playing field

So throw down cares, and throw down woes
Your number's up, so Roll!
Throw down your money on the nose
Step right up and roll
You're alive, you've got to try
And it's your turn, so throw
If it all goes wrong, well that's all right
That's how we learn, let's roll

All things depart from he who waits
Take my advice, never never hesitate
It's better to strike while the iron's hot
Throw those bones
Throw those bones
With everything
You have got

So put your marker on the spot
Just let go, let's roll
The going's good, you're getting hot
So shake em up, and roll
You're guaranteed to win or lose
But you won't know, not until you roll
You've got to play to get to choose
And now it's time, it's time to throw

Here's the moment to wipe out your debts
So Hey! Carpe Diem and lay down your bets
In the blink of an eye, the chance has gone past
The river is crossed and the die has been cast
Even now it could be much too late
So much unknown, in the hands of fate
But we must take our courage in both of our hands
What does it matter? We'll never understand!

Nothing ventured, nothing gained
So cut the crap, and roll
Who knows? It all might be pre-ordained
That you should throw, so roll
One thing's for sure, if you don't try
Try your best to roll
Your life is gonna roll on by
So face the music and roll
Pick 'em up, don't be afraid
Take a chance and throw
The Goddess Fortune must be obeyed
Get on your knees and roll
Nothing makes much sense at all
So dive on in and roll
The luck of the cards is in how they fall
And you won't know, not until you roll
So put your marker on the spot
Just let go, let's roll
The going's good, you're getting hot
So shake em up and roll
You're guaranteed to win or lose
But you won't know, not until you roll
You've got to play to get to choose
And now it's time, it's time to throw
Let's roll them dice, roll them dice
Throw them dice, let's roll
Let's roll....Let's Roll!


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