Kenny Rogers - The Gambler chords

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

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

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

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

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

Verse 5:
    E                               A                       E
And when he'd finished speakin', he turned back towards the window,
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crushed out his cigarette and faded off to sleep.
    E                             A                 E
And somewhere in the darkness the gambler, he broke even.
    A            E                B7               E
But in his final words I found an ace that I could keep.

Chorus:
           E                      A             E
You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
A            E                          B7
know when to walk away and know when to run.
          E     A    E                 A              E
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
             A              E        B7                E
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.
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