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14. WHAT ARE THE ODDS? (Music by Louis Rosen, Lyric by Louis Rosen and Art Perlman)

Doctors are quite fond of numbers, everything measured just so. They give a percent to the decimal point — but the point is, they don’t really know.

Jill had been sick for a long time. Her future looked lousy and worse. She planned for the end down to every detail — her plans were her comfort and curse.

"What are the odds?” she would ask me. “Is there a life after life on Earth? “What is the point?” she would grumble. Then we’d play a hand of gin – which she always would win — and we both let her questions go by. I did not know how to reply…

All of the Holy Books teach us, God has some infinite plan. His way is revealed if you follow his path — I’ve tried, but I don’t think I can.

Doctors are quite fond of numbers, but they know there’s much more that goes on. On Thursday they thought Jill had weeks left to live — by Saturday night she was gone.

"What are the odds?” she would ask me. “Is there a life after life on Earth? “I’d like to know!” she would grumble. Then another hand of gin — and of course, she would win — as we both let her questions go by. I did not know how to reply…

Play another hand of gin — and once more she would win — as we both let her questions go by. I never knew how to reply…

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