The Gambler Song Lyrics

Kenny Rogers

credits


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Don Schlitz
album: Track 1 in album The Gambler
release date: 1978
popularity : 132 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country Rock
length: 3:34
lead vocals: Kenny Rogers
writer: Don Schlitz

Album Information

label: United Artists
country(area): United States
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Kenny Rogers The Gambler cover art

Lyrics

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On a warm summer's evenin' 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' out the window at the darkness
'Til boredom overtook us and he began 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
So if you don't mind my sayin', I can see you're out of aces
For a taste of your whiskey I'll give you some advice"

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

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Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Gambler
  • 2 I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again
  • 3 (The) King of Oak Street
  • 4 Making Music for Money
  • 5 The Hoodooin' of Miss Fannie DeBerry
  • 6 She Believes in Me
  • 7 Tennessee Bottle
  • 8 Sleep Tight, Goodnight Man
  • 9 A Little More Like Me (The Crucifixion)
  • 10 San Francisco Mable Joy
  • 11 Morgana Jones