Posted by: crisdiaz24 | October 28, 2016

THE GAMBLER – SONG

THE GAMBLER

KENNY ROGERS

On a warm summer’s evenin’ on a train bound for ________________,
I met up with the gambler; we were both too ________________ to sleep.
So we took turns a’starin’ out the window at the _______________
(till) _______________ overtook us, and he began to speak.

He said, son, I’ve made a life out of readin’ people’s _______________,
knowin’ what their cards were by the way they held their ____________.
So if you don’t mind my sayin’, I can see you’re out of _______________.
For a taste of your whiskey, Ill give you some ______________.

So I handed him my bottle and he drank down my last ______________.
Then he bummed a cigarette and asked me for a ______________.
And the night got deathly quiet, and his face lost all ______________.
Said, if you’re gonna play the game, boy, ya gotta learn to play it ______________.

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 dealin’s done.

Every gambler knows that the secret to survivin’
Is knowin’ what to ______________, knowing what to ______________.
‘cause every hand’s a ______________, every hand’s a ______________,
The best that you can hope for is to die in your ______________.

When he’d finished speakin’, he turned back toward the ______________,
Crushed out his cigarette and he faded off to ______________.
Somewhere in the darkness the gambler, he broke even.
In his final words I found an ______________ 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 dealin’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 dealin’s done.

KEY

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
(till) boredom overtook us, and he began to speak.

He said, son, I’ve made a life out of readin’ people’s faces,
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, Ill 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, ya 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 dealin’s done.

Every gambler knows that the secret to survivin’
Is knowin’ what to throw away, knowing what to keep.
‘cause every hand’s a winner, every hand’s a loser,
The best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep.

When he’d finished speakin’, he turned back toward the window,
Crushed out his cigarette and he faded off to sleep.
Somewhere in the darkness the gambler, he broke even.
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 dealin’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 dealin’s done.

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