Kenny Rogers - The Gambler
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KENNY ROGERS


The Gambler Lyrics

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 starin' 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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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Songwriter(s): Don Schlitz
Copyright: Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing
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Meaning to "The Gambler" (4 meanings)
Staley 09/27/11,13:07
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My favourite song! From my beloved Kenny. I also know when to hold them and when to fold them. His biggest fan - Staley
Aaron 02/11/10,21:03
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My fiance just called me from a Kenny Rogers concert in STL she's at with her Dad (father-daughter event) and put her cell on speakerphone so I could here this song. It was great, even over the phone!
funnybunny 01/17/10,19:04
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i know alot of people of people that folow that advice and itotally would too!!!lol i luv this song.dakota eleven years
kondwani 01/14/10,01:28
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this song makes me to enjoy my every day life as far as country 'n' western is concerned, I love kenny
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