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Kenny Rogers – The Gambler

August 16, 2019


♪♪♪ ♪ ON A WARM
SUMMER’S EVENING ♪ ♪ ON A TRAIN BOUND
FOR NOWHERE ♪ ♪ I MET UP WITH A 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 ♪ ♪ AND KNOWIN’ WHAT
THE 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 KNOWIN’ 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
TOWARD 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’VE GOT TO KNOW
WHEN TO HOLD ‘EM ♪ ♪ (WHEN TO HOLD ‘EM) ♪ ♪ KNOW WHEN TO FOLD ‘EM ♪ ♪ (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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