At least three Jacks are invoked: Jack the Ripper, Jack (of Jack and Jill), and Wolfman Jack, which could easily be construed as constituting a poker hand.
INTERPRETATION Perhaps the main point made by this song is that a lyric doesn't need a firm interpretation in order to be evocative.
Depending on the listener, this song could be about American music itself, or about a card game, or about a man saying so long to an immature lover.
He plays one of Lucas Barton's goons (one of three competitors at a video game competition) and had no lines.
He worked as a child actor in the early 1990s, often playing roles much younger than his chronological age, and as late as 2002 he was still playing teenagers while in his mid-20s.
It's just a working life - I go away and then I come back.
Just like Jack the Ripper Just like Mojo Hand Just like Billy Sunday In a shotgun ragtime band Just like New York City, Just like Jericho Pace the halls and climb the walls Get out when they blow (Chorus) Did you say your name was Ramblin' Rose?
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Ramble on, baby Settle down easy Ramble on, Rose Just like Jack and Jill Mama told the sailor One heat up and one cool down Leave nothin' for the tailor Just like Jack and Jill My Papa told the jailer One go up and one come down Do yourself a favor (Chorus) (Bridge) I'm gonna sing you a hundred verses in ragtime I know this song it ain't never gonna end I'm gonna march you up and down the local county line Take you to the leader of the band Just like Crazy Otto Just like Wolfman Jack Sittin' plush with a royal flush Aces back to back Just like Mary Shelley Just like Frankenstein Clank your chains and count your change Try to walk the line (Repeat chorus and bridge) Goodbye, Mama and Papa Goodbye, Jack and Jill The grass ain't greener, the wine ain't sweeter either side of the hill. Ramble on, baby Settle down easy Ramble on, Rose PROSODY The song lyric is structured in trochaic rhythm, with paired verses consisting of two lines of triameter, one of quadrameter, and another of triameter, for a total of 13 strong feet (! The verses' rhyming pattern is A, B, C, [C], B; with the bracketed [C] being an optional internal rhyme: halls, walls; chains/change; and plush/flush.
There are seven verses, with the first six in pairs.
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