Kenny Rogers The Gambler chords
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D G D On a warm summer's evenin' on a train bound for nowhere, D A7 I met up with the gambler; we were both too tired to sleep. D G D So we took turns a starin' out the window at the darkness A7 D 'til boredom overtook us, and he began to speak. D G D He said, "Son, I've made a life out of readin' people's faces, A7 and knowin' what their cards were by the way they held their eyes. D G D And if you don't mind my sayin', I can see you're out of aces. G D A7 D For a taste of your whiskey I'll give you some advice." D G D So I handed him my bottle and he drank down my last swallow. A7 Then he bummed a cigarette, and asked me for a light. D G D And the night got deathly quiet, and his face lost all expression. G D A7 D Said, "If you're gonna play the game, boy, ya gotta learn to play it right. Chorus: D G D You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, G D A7 know when to walk away and know when to run. D G D G D You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table. G D A7 D 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' B7 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, A E B7 E 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, B7 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.