Thank you for your post, Larry. It caught me at an otiose moment, so I did some otiose thinking, followed by some otiose writing. here goes:
“seven come eleven” gets 29500 Google hits on my computer. 95 out of the first 100 hits have to do with pop music and its lyrics, not with craps (most of the other five are queries like yours, or are simply unintelligible). --- I personally wouldn’t spend a lot of time looking into the meaning of the lyrics of pop songs, but that’s a personal thing.—But why should the words of a pop song have a meaning? and why should they be carefully and accurately copied from another context, such as the game of craps? Take a moment to ask yourself where you heard the phrase “seven come eleven”. Was it at a crap game? Your posting implies that you probably didn’t hear it at a crap game. Did you hear it in the words of a song? If so, it really doesn’t need to mean anything, and you’d probably be well advise to search elsewhere than in pop lyrics for meaningful, carefully constructed phrases (try wordorigins.org, for instance ;-). How many pop singers really care whether the verb’s in the middle or not?
“come seven come eleven” gets a mere 900 Google hits, but few (if any) have to do with pop songs. Most, if not all of them, have to do with shooting craps. There is a poem by Carl Sandburg entitled “seven eleven”, in which he quotes a crap player saying “come seven come eleven”. Might it be possible that “seven come eleven” is a distortion of a crap player’s original phrase (the meaning of “come seven come eleven” is readily discernible, even to a non-crap player who knows a little about the rules)?
Of course my thinking, besides being otiose, could be hopelessly wrong. why should a crap player, if it comes to that, care if the verb’s in the middle or not? who among us is qualified to analyze, or to criticize, the mental processes of a crap player? why shouldn’t he say “seven come eleven” if the spirit moves him to do so?
Edit: i see that contributions by D wilson and Dave make my own maunderings even more otiose than they were to begin with
(sighs and returns to the bottle wherein logic absolut lies (feeble pun just occurred to me ;-)