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The Gambler

Kenny Rogers

Chords used in this song: D#, E, F, A, A#, D
D#Chord: D#
EChord: E
FChord: F
AChord: A
A#Chord: A#
DChord: D

Capo VI

[Verse 1]
    A                            D                A
On a warm summer's evenin' on a train bound for nowhere,
A                                                    E
I met up with the gambler; we were both too tired to sleep.
   A                                D              A
So we took turns a starin' out the window at the darkness
                          E               A
'til boredom overtook us, and he began to speak.


[Verse 2 (Bass in)]
         A                             D                 A
He said, "Son, I've made a life out of readin' people's faces,
                                                             E
and knowin' what their cards were by the way they held their eyes.
       A                               D                  A
And if you don't mind my sayin', I can see you're out of aces.
      D              A            E             A
For a taste of your whiskey I'll give you some advice."


[Verse 3 (strumming starts)]
     A                           D                  A
So I handed him my bottle and he drank down my last swallow.
                                              E
Then he bummed a cigarette and asked me for a light.
        A                                D                 A
And the night got deathly quiet, and his face lost all expression.
                 D               A
Said, "If you're gonna play the game,
                E                A
boy, ya gotta learn to play it right.


[Chorus]
           A                     D             A
You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
D            A                          E
know when to walk away and know when to run.
          A     D    A                 D              A
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
            A    D          A        E                 A
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.


[Verse 4 (Key change)]
A#                            D#             A#
Ev'ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin'
                                                  F
is knowin' what to throw away and knowing what to keep.
       A#                         D#              A#
'Cause ev'ry hand's a winner and ev'ry hand's a loser,
        D#                 A#              F           A#
and the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep."


[Verse 5]
    A#                               D#                       A#
And when he'd finished speakin', he turned back towards the window,
                                           F
crushed out his cigarette and faded off to sleep.
    A#                             D#                 A#
And somewhere in the darkness the gambler, he broke even.
    D#            A#                F                A#
But in his final words I found an ace that I could keep.


[Chorus]
           A#                     D#             A#
You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
D#            A#                          F
know when to walk away and know when to run.
          A#     D#   A#                 D#              A#
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
             A#    D#          A#        F                 A#
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.


[Chorus a cappella]
           A                     D             A
You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
D            A                          E
know when to walk away and know when to run.
          A     D    A                 D              A
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
            A    D          A        E                 A
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.


[Chorus]
           A                     D             A
You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
D            A                          E
know when to walk away and know when to run.
          A     D    A                 D              A
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
            A    D          A        E                 A
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.
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