Blagging your case out of trouble

Old Maxie Bygraves number from the 70s?

"The Deck of Cards" is a recitation that was popularized in both the country and popular music fields, first during the late 1940s. This religious tale of a young American soldier arrested and charged with playing cards during a church service first became a hit in the U.S. in 1948 by country musician T. Texas Tyler.

Though Tyler wrote the spoken-word piece, the earliest known reference is to be found in an account/common-place book belonging to Mary Bacon, a British farmer's wife, dated 20 April 1762. The story of the soldier can be found in full in Mary Bacon's World. A farmer's wife in eighteenth-century Hampshire, published by Threshhold Press (2010). The folk story was later recorded in a piece of 19th century British literature called "The Soldier's Almanack, Bible And Prayer Book"[SUP][1][/SUP]

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Nought but slushy shite that never happened....
There was a version done on the radio, 'I'm sorry I'll read that again' springs to mind. A soldier is caught with a cricket bag in church.

'...and if you don't have a good reason for it son, we'll punish you worse then that soldier boy we caught lying about his deck of cards.'

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