Gambler

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Kenny Rogers

Kenneth Donald "Kenny" Rogers (born August 21, 1938) is an American singer-songwriter, photographer, record producer, actor, entrepreneur and author. Though he has been most successful with country audiences, he has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres and topping the count… more »

On a warm summer's eve
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 
The boredom overtook us, 
And he began to speak 

He said, "Son, I've made a life
Out of readin' people's faces 
Knowin' what the cards were
By the way they held their eyes
So if you don't mind me 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 faced lost all expression 
He said, "If you're gonna play the game, boy
You gotta learn to play it right 

You've 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
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've 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'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 dealin's done

You've 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

Written by: DON SCHLITZ

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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Gambler