My mama always said
You can’t cheat an honest man (Can’t con a con)
It’s not a lie my love if they believe you (It’s not a lie it could be true)
So tell them anything dear (Just tell them what they want to hear)
And wrap them round your finger
And take them for what they’ve got before they leave you

I used to be a gambler
But the odds were never good (Not in my favor)
My lucky stars were never my best feature (I rely upon my charm)
So I cut it out with cards (And dice and betting at the races)
I was working much too hard
I was born to live the life of leisure

Let’s take this sleepy town by storm
And when the sheep have all been shorn
We’ll be gone just like the gentle breeze of yesterday
With your skills and my good looks
Those fish’ll be begging for the hook
Reeled in by our seductive serenade

The Bible says God’s creatures
All look out for number one (It’s human nature)
This golden rule has been my bread and butter (What you do, do unto others)
You may plan to double cross me (Slip a dagger in in the back)
But I’m sticking with this horse
If the con is long enough it doesn’t matter

I go by many names dear
And some call me a snake (Bastard cheat and saint)
To others I’m the closest of their friends (I keep my enemies much closer)
When they ask about my living (Exactly what is it you do)
I give them no misgiving
Cause what I trade in is their confidence

Since we met I don’t know if I’ve fallen for you baby
Or if you’ve set me up to take the fall
Love is just another con
A fairy tale to lead them on
But together baby maybe we could love them all

Lyrics submitted by Artechokes

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