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Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” A Musical Tale of Wisdom and Fate 🎡🎲(Released: 1978)

“The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers: Rolling the Dice of Life (Released: 1978) 🎢🎲

Step into the world of musical storytelling with Kenny Rogers’ timeless hit, “The Gambler.” Let the soothing melodies and insightful lyrics guide you through a journey of life lessons, risks, and destiny. 🌟🎡

Did You Know?

Did you know that “The Gambler” wasn’t originally written for Kenny Rogers? The song was penned by Don Schlitz, a struggling songwriter at the time. Kenny Rogers’ decision to record the song and bring it to life turned it into a massive hit. The song’s narrative of seeking advice from an old gambler is a metaphor for seeking guidance in life, making choices, and embracing the consequences.

“The Gambler” became one of Kenny Rogers’ signature songs and led to a successful TV movie of the same name, starring Rogers himself. The song’s impact on popular culture and its timeless wisdom continue to leave an enduring mark.

Watch “The Gambler” on YouTube: Kenny Rogers – The Gambler (Official Video)

 

Lyrics: “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers

On a warm summer’s eveningOn a train bound for nowhereI met up with the gamblerWe were both too tired to sleepSo we took turns a-starin’Out the window at the darknessThe boredom overtook usAnd he began to speak
He said, “Son, I’ve made a lifeOut of readin’ people’s facesKnowin’ what the cards wereBy the way they held their eyesSo if you don’t mind my sayin’I can see you’re out of acesFor a taste of your whiskeyI’ll give you some advice”
So I handed him my bottleAnd he drank down my last swallowThen he bummed a cigaretteAnd asked me for a lightAnd the night got deathly quietAnd his face lost all expressionSaid, “If you’re gonna play the game, boyYou gotta learn to play it right
You’ve got to know when to hold ’emKnow when to fold ’emKnow when to walk awayAnd know when to runYou never count your moneyWhen you’re sittin’ at the tableThere’ll be time enough for countin’When the dealin’s done
Every gambler knowsThat the secret to survivin’Is knowin’ what to throw awayAnd knowin’ what to keep‘Cause every hand’s a winnerAnd every hand’s a loserAnd the best that you can hope forIs to die in your sleep”
And when he’d finished speakin’He turned back toward the windowCrushed out his cigaretteFaded off to sleepAnd somewhere in the darknessThe gambler he broke evenBut in his final wordsI found an ace that I could keep
You’ve got to know when to hold ’emKnow when to fold ’emKnow when to walk awayAnd know when to runYou never count your moneyWhen you’re sittin’ at the tableThere’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 awayAnd know when to runYou never count your moneyWhen you’re sittin’ at the tableThere’ll be time enough for countin’When the dealin’s done
You’ve got to know when to hold ’emKnow when to fold ’emKnow when to walk awayAnd know when to runYou never count your moneyWhen you’re sittin’ at the tableThere’ll be time enough for countin’When the dealin’s done

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