The Gambler Song Lyrics

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Don Schlitz
album: Track 7 in album Gone Girl
release date: 1978-1-1
popularity : 50 users have visited this page.
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country Blues
length: 3:43

Album Information

label: Columbia
country(area): United States
format: Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Johnny Cash Gone Girl cover art


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About 20 years ago, on a train bound for nowhere,
I met up with The Gambler; We were both too tired to sleep.
So we took turns a starin' through the window at the darkness.
Til' boredom overtook us and he commenced to speak.

He said: "Son, I've made a life out of readin' people's faces,
"And knowin' what their cards were, by the way they held their eyes.
"And if you don't mind my sayin', I would say you're out of aces;
"And for one taste of your whiskey, I will give you some advice."

So I handed him my bottle, and he drank down my last swallow.
Then he bummed a cigarette; then he bummed a light.
The night got deathly quiet and his face lost all expression.
He said: "If you're gonna play the game, boy, you better learn to play it right."


Track Listing

Vinyl 1
  • 1 Gone Girl
  • 2 I Will Rock and Roll With You
  • 3 The Diplomat
  • 4 No Expectations
  • 5 It Come and Goes
  • 6 It'll Be Her
  • 7 The Gambler
  • 8 Cajun Born
  • 9 You and Me
  • 10 Song for the Life