The Ace In The Hole Chords (Dempsey/Mitchell)

Dorothy Lamour on the Argentinean Magazine cover.
Dorothy Lamour on the Argentinean Magazine cover. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ace in the Hole (cartoon)
Ace in the Hole (cartoon) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



The Ace In The Hole, words by James Dempsey and music by George Mitchell

A hit of 1909, this song continued to find new popularity through the years. In 1926, it was featured in the Broadway show "Lulu Belle," the tale of a saloon singer who makes it to Broadway. The film version, in 1948, starred Dorothy Lamour in the title role, with George Montgomery and Otto Kruger. Singer Roberta Sherwood is best remembered for her performance of this gem.



Lyrics to The Ace In The Hole

This town is full of guys, Who think they're awful wise
just because they know a thing or two
you'll meet them night and day, strolling up and down Broadway
Telling of the wonders they can do
There's con-men and there's boosters, there's card-men and crap-shooters
they congregate around the metropole
they wear flashy ties and collars but the way they get their dollars
they all have got an ace stuck in the hole
some of them send to the old folks for coin
that is their ace in the hole
 others have friends in the old tenderloin
 that is their old ace in the hole
they tell you of trips that they're going to take
from Florida to the North Pole
but their name would be "mud" like a "punk" playing "stud"
if they lost that old ace in the hole


 Chords in the Key of G. 4/4 time signature, play freely.


          G         D+     G                                      D+      G
This town is full of guys, Who think they're awful wise
           F#7           F7         E7         Am
just because they know a thing or two
                             E7           Am                            E7               Am7
you'll meet them night and day, strolling up and down Broadway
D7                                               G
Telling of the wonders they can do

There's con-men and there's boosters, there's card-men and crap-shooters
                   F#7          F7         E7    Am
they congregate around the Metropole
                 A7                    D                    A7                         D
they wear flashy ties and collars but the way they get their dollars
         A7                  A7-5                  D7  Am  F7  D7
they all have got an ace stuck in the hole
 G                                        Am
Some of them send to their old folks for coin
D7                               G     D7
That is their ace in the hole
G                                         Am
Others have friends in the old Tenderloin
D7                                           G
That is their  ace down in the hole
         D Ddim D D#dim    A7
they tell you of trips that they're going to take
                                          D7
from Florida to the North Pole
               G                         Am   
but their name would be "mud" like a "punk" playing "stud"
Gdim Eb7 G E7      Am D7    G  G7  Gdim  Am7-5  G
if they lost that old ace in the hole


There's also another familiar song Ace In The Hole by George Straight

A
Bb
You've got to have an ace in the hole
         D7                 A     A7
         Eb7                Bb    Bb7
A little secret that nobody knows
D         D#dim7    A/E                  F#7
Eb        Edim7     Bb/F    Bb(#5)/F#    G7#5
Life is a gamble, a game we all          play
  B7                           E        E7
        C7                           F        F7
But you need to save something for a rainy day
       A
       Bb
You've got to learn to play your card right
   D7                   A    A7
   Eb7                  Bb   Bb7
If you expect to win in life
      D          D#dim7      A/E          F#7
      Eb6        Edim7       Bb/F         G7#5
Don't put it all on the line for just one roll
       B7             E7         A
       C7             F7         Bb
You've got to have an ace in the hole
 
I hope you can use the Dempsey/Mitchell words and music. I researched online and 
found some incorrect words and absolutely no chords available on the internet. Just 
wanted to bring some of us up to date from a sheet music magazine I had on hand. No, 
I wasn't familiar with this particular song but I do like hearing diminished chords.
 
Have a great week practicing with your instrument. Keep it up!
 
 

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