Numbers Fall (1982)

For Cold Chisel’s 1982 album Circus Animals, Don Walker writes about illegal gambling (in its many forms) in Kings Cross:

You ain’t got nothin’ that you need so bad
That you couldn’t give it up for a choice or two
An unseen chance is gonna come your way
Before this night is through

Blackjack, baccarat, matters of the heart
If you’ve just got the money
You’re a loser to start
And you can fold away your dreams as they come true
Dreams come true

Walkin’ down Forbes Street,
Early hours of Wooloomooloo
Chancy games in a hotel room
On Springfield Avenue

And if the numbers fall
And if the numbers fall right
And if the numbers fall
I know all my dreams come true

I know you’re old
Cause all you’re laying down is
Easy gold
You never take your heart uptown anymore
You don’t bleed anymore
The Forbes Street croupiers
Are lookin’ like crashers at a
Black and White Charity Ball

Roll ’em up once
Roll ’em up twice
The rustle of the money
And the click o’ the dice
Five-fifty dollars on the wheel
Oughta make it
For six I’ll teach your sister to
Shake it, shake it, shake it

Rich girls, bad girls
Jumpin’ on a fad girls
Cuttin’ things fine is how I first met you
Livin’ outside in the real estate
You know we stake a little more
Than just a dollar or two

And if the numbers fall
And if the numbers fall right
And if the numbers fall
I know all my dreams’ll come true

–Don Walker, Australian, 1951-

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