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Eddie and Jules

from Two Good Hands EP by Darryl Purpose

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Eddie and Jules is drawn from Purpose's experience as a professional blackjack player. Inducted into the Blackjack Hall Of Fame in 2010, Purpose has been called the best, and the fastest card counter in the world. Co-writer Ryan Hommel added music to a long-lost lyric Purpose had written many years ago.

lyrics

Eddie was my buddy growing up in LA
He had a head for numbers in the worst way
When classes got slow, Eddie got bored
He made his way to Vegas, learned to play cards

Jules came from Iowa looking for some fun
Eddie saw her downtown playing 21
She really looked the part, but no basic strategy
Ballsy in a red dress, big player fantasy

IT WAS BLACKJACK, THINK FAST, SOFT 18
EDDIE COUNTED 6 DECKS IN A MINUTE NINETEEN
JULES RAISED A FINGER, THE BOSS WOULD SHAKE AND COUGH
EDDIE CALLED THE PLAYS, JULES TOOK THE MONEY OFF

Eddie spent the next year growing up a bit
Scouting out the good games, up and down the strip
He counted Hi-Opt 1, with aces on the side
But playing on the square would never keep her satisfied

So they took to playing hole cards and dealer weaknesses
Know the house has 17, know what 18 is
He locked the lucky spot, at the beginning of the shift
Jules came in separately and looked for Eddie’s gift

IT WAS BLACKJACK, THINK FAST, SOFT 18
EDDIE HAD A WAY OF SEEING WHAT SHOULDN’T BE SEEN
JULES TOOK A MARKER, AND THE CLUB WENT SOFT
EDDIE GAVE THE SIGN AND JULES TOOK THE MONEY OFF

With a steady small edge she was happy for a while
And increasingly aware of the magic in her smile.
She met a clever dealer working graveyard shift downtown
Everyone agreed they would get out before the heat came down

IT WAS BLACKJACK,THINK FAST,SOFT 18
WITH THE DEALER ON THE CREW THEY WERE A MONEY MACHINE
NOW EDDIE MATTERED LESS IN JULES’ UNIVERSE
CAUSE JULIE PULLED THE COLD DECK... RIGHT OUT OF HER PURSE

Now I would like to tell you that they got away clean
Eddie went back home and finished his degree
But Eddie’s calls home stopped, and for the crooked path they took
There are 2 new shadowed faces in Nevada’s black book

IT WAS BLACKJACK, THINK FAST, SOFT 18
EDDIE COUNTED 6 DECKS IN A MINUTE NINETEEN
JULES RAISED A FINGER, THE BOSS WOULD SHAKE AND COUGH
EDDIE CALLED THE PLAYS AND JULES TOOK THE MONEY OFF

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from Two Good Hands EP, track released September 6, 2022
Written by Darryl Purpose and Ryan Hommel
Produced by Ryan Hommel
Darryl Purpose - Vocal
Ryan Hommel - Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Nashville Acoustic Guitar, Nylon String Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Pedal Steel, Synth
Griffin Goldsmith - Engineer, Drums, Percussion

Mix Engineer - Gus Berry
Mastering Engineer - Kevin Butler, Test Tube Audio

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Darryl Purpose Portland, Oregon

Darryl went to Las Vegas at 19 and became a professional blackjack player, which he still calls the 'only real job I've ever had'. He is a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
Since 1996, he has toured extensively and released 8 albums of original music.
Darryl's last two albums spent weeks at #1 on the RMR radio charts. Next Time Around and Still The Birds
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