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The Gambler
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The Gambler lyrics and chords are provided for your personal use only, it was a huge hit for Kenny Rogers. Both the movie and song are just excellent, you can learn to play and sing it easily.


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The Gambler
recorded by Kenny Rogers
written by Don Schlitz

C                               F               C
On a warm summer's evening on a train bound for nowhere
I met up with the gambler we were both too tired to sleep
   C                               F             C
So we took turns a staring out the window at the darkness
     F                C   G7              C
Till boredom overtook us  and he began to speak
                                    F                C
He said Son I've made a life out of reading people's faces
And knowing what their cards were by the way they held their eyes
       C                              F                 C
And if you don't mind my saying I can see you're out of aces
      F             C            G7            C
For a taste of your whiskey I'll give you some advice
                                 F                  C
So I handed him my bottle and he drank down my last swallow
Then he bummed a cigarette and asked me for a light
        C                               F               C
And the night got deathly quiet and his face lost all expression
               F                   C             G7               C
Said if you're gonna play the game boy  ya gotta learn to play it right
                                  F            C
You got to know when to hold 'em  know when to fold 'em
F            C                          G7
know when to walk away and know when to run
          C                            F              C
You never count your money when you're sitting at the table
                 F          C        G7                C
There'll be time enough for counting when the dealings done
                             F             C
Every gambler knows that the secret to surviving
Is knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep
      C                         F              C
Cause every hand's a winner and every hand's a loser
        F                 C              G7          C
And the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep
                                   F                       C
And when he'd finished speaking he turned back towards the window
Crushed out his cigarette and faded off to sleep
    C                             F                C
And somewhere in the darkness the gambler he broke even
    F            C                G7               C
But in his final words I found an ace that I could keep

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Between Kenny's acting and singing career, he's been a busy man for many years. I wouldn't be surprise if this is his biggest hit, it' fun to do, just copy and paste The Gambler lyrics and chords and enjoy this great old song.