The Gambler

On a warm summer's evenin'

  • On a warm summer's evenin'
  • On a train bound for nowhere
  • I met up with the gambler,
  • We were both too tired to sleep
  • So we took turns a staring
  • Out the window at the darkness
  • 'Til boredom overtook us
  • And he began to speak
  • He said, "Son, I've made a life,
  • Out of readin' people's faces
  • And knowin' what their cards
  • Were by the way they held their eyes
  • So if you don't mind my sayin',
  • I can see you're out of aces
  • For a taste of your whiskey
  • I'll give you some advice"
  • So I handed him my bottle
  • And he drank down my last swallow
  • Then he bummed a cigarette
  • Asked me for a light
  • And the night got deathly quiet
  • And his face lost all expression
  • Said, "If you're gonna play the game,
  • Boy, you gotta learn to play it right"
  • You got to know when to hold 'em,
  • Know when to fold 'em
  • Know when to walk away
  • Know when to run
  • You never count your money
  • When you're sittin' at the table
  • There'll be time enough for countin'
  • When the dealing's done
  • Every gambler knows
  • That the secret to survivin'
  • Is knowin' what to throw away
  • And knowing what to keep
  • 'Cause every hand's a winner
  • And every hand's a loser
  • And the best that you can hope for
  • Is to die in your sleep
  • And when he finished speakin'
  • He turned back towards the window
  • Crushed out his cigarette
  • And faded off to sleep
  • And somewhere in the darkness the gambler,
  • He broke even
  • But in his final words
  • I found an ace that I could keep
  • You got to know when to hold 'em,
  • Know when to fold 'em
  • Know when to walk away
  • Know when to run
  • You never count your money
  • When you're sittin' at the table
  • There'll be time enough for countin'
  • When the dealing's done
  • You got to know when to hold 'em,
  • Know when to fold 'em
  • Know when to walk away
  • Know when to run
  • You never count your money
  • When you're sittin' at the table
  • There'll be time enough for countin'
  • When the dealing's done
  • You got to know when to hold 'em,
  • Know when to fold 'em
  • Know when to walk away
  • Know when to run
  • You never count your money
  • When you're sittin' at the table
  • There'll be time enough for countin'
  • When the dealing's done
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Kenny Rogers has reportedly passed away. He is a huge musical influence to me, so this made me sad. Here's a tribute cover of "The Gambler."

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