Kentucky Gambler

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"Kentucky Gambler" is a 1974 song written and performed by Dolly Parton. "Kentucky Gambler" was issued as a track from Dolly Parton's, The Bargain Store album from 1975. That same year, Merle Haggard and The Strangers covered "Kentucky Gambler" and it was their nineteenth number one song on the country chart. (Coincidentally, Parton's The Bargain Store album featured a cover of a Haggard composition, "You'll Always Be Special to Me".) The Merle Haggard and The Strangers version stayed at number one for a single week and spent a total of eleven weeks on the chart. (The following year, Haggard would cover another Dolly Parton song, "The Seeker".) 


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1975
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(Dolly Parton)

He wanted more from like 
Than four kids and a wife 
And a job in the dark Kentucky mines 
A twenty-acre farm 
With a shacky house and barn 
That's all he had 
And all he left behind 
At gambling he was lucky 
So he left Kentucky 
Left behind his woman and his kids 
Into the gay casino 
In Nevada's town of Reno 
Kentucky gambler planned to get rich quick 

Kentucky gambler, who's gonna love your woman in Kentucky 
Who's gonna be the one to give her what she needs 
Kentucky gambler, who's gonna raise your children in Kentucky 
Who's gonna keep them fed and keep shoes on their feet 

At the gamblers' paradise 
Lady luck was on his side 
Kentucky gambler played his cards just right 
He won at everything he played 
Kentucky gambler had it made 
And he should have quit and gone on home that night 

But when you love the greenback dollar 
Sorrow's always bound to follow 
Reno dreams fade into neon amber 
And lady luck, she'll leave you on 
She'll saty awhile, and then she's gone 
You'd better go on home Kentucky gambler 

But a gambler never seems to stop 
Til he loses all he's got 
And so, Kentucky gambler, he played on 
He played til he lost all he won 
He was right back where he started from 
Then he started wanting to go home 

Kentucky gambler, there ain't nobody waiting in Kentucky 
When you walked out, somebody else walked in 
Kentucky gambler, looks like you ain't really very lucky 
Seems to me a gambler looses much more than he wins 

So you think about it 
Kentucky gambler 

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Dolly Parton

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, best known for her work in country music. She has composed over 3,000 songs, the best known of which include "I Will Always Love You" (a two-time U.S. country chart-topper for Parton, as well as an international pop hit for Whitney Houston), "Jolene", "Coat of Many Colors", "9 to 5", and "My Tennessee Mountain Home". As an actress, she starred in the movies 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Steel Magnolias, Gnomeo & Juliet, Straight Talk, Unlikely Angel, and Joyful Noise. She is one of the most successful female country artists of all time; with an estimated 175 million in album sales, Dolly Parton is also o… more »

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