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Right Side Of Zero

from Right Side Of Zero (1996) by Darryl Purpose

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(Though he says card-playing is the only real job he’s ever had,) “his real love is music; he’s a singer-songwriter and last year he released his first CD on the independent label Tangible. The title song includes these lyrics:
"Been awhile since the cards smiled, but one fine day
I’ll be heading down the road on the right side of zero."

“I don’t know what life would have been like without blackjack,” he says. “I don’t know what else would have happened. Maybe I would have ended up robbing banks or something.”

Since our adventure in Biloxi, Darryl has gone on to become a deservedly acclaimed singer-songwriter, a favorite headliner for festivals and concert stages who occasionally mines his casino experiences in songs such as ‘Right Side of Zero’ and ‘Dangerous Game.’”
~http://www.michaeltisserandauthor.com/the-wizard-of-odds/ -

He has written at least one exceptional song, "The Right Side of Zero,"... ...Purpose's strongest work injects a gambler's risk-taking urge into themes of marriage, desire, and travel.
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Springtime sunrise on a warm desert morning
I'll be your honey, you can be my hero
It's been a while since the cards smiled now one fine day
I'll be heading down the road on the Right Side Of Zero

There's a break even point I know
Just where it is so hard to tell
But if you don't know where even is
How can you know if you're doing well

Before you disappear when I count to ten
I'll be your honey you can be my hero
Til then I'll be counting on you to tell me when
I'm heading down the road on the Right Side Of Zero

There's a break even point I know
And I will find it 'fore I get old
But if you don't know where halfway is
How can you know if you're young or old

There's a dirty little war down south and it's covered like a baseball game
And you hear about the players like you hear about your sporting heroes
But this is life, this aint no game and I think we should leave people to their own ways
And head on down the road on the Right Side Of Zero

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There's a break even point I know
Just where it is so hard to tell
But if you don't know where even is
How can you know if you're doing well

Springtime sunrise on a warm desert morning
I'll be your honey, you can be my hero
It's been a while since the cards smiled now one fine day
I'll be heading down the road on the Right Side Of Zero
Heading down the road on the Right Side Of Zero
Heading down the road on the right side, on the right side, on the right side
Heading down the road on the Right Side Of Zero

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from Right Side Of Zero (1996), released January 1, 1996
Harmony Vocal: Brenda Peltier
Violin: Daryl S
Harmonica: Mark Josephs
produced by Kevin Fisher

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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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