Who Sang Checkers and Chess? Billy Joe Shaver

Billy Joe Shaver Long In The Tooth cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2014-8-5
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
length: 2:30
(Chorus)
I'm playing Checkers while they're playing Chess
They make the big moves and make me a little less
Even when I win, beat the pants off of the best
I'm still playing Checkers while they're playing Chess

(Verse)
I've learned all the rules of the game
Fast way I play 'em when I lose 'em just the same
Nothing's fair in this world of blind chance
A rich man takes the money, the old man takes the blame

(Chorus)
I'm playing Checkers while they're playing Chess
They make the big moves and make me a little less
Even when I win, beat the pants off of the best
I'm still playing Checkers while they're playing Chess

(Instrumental break)

(Verse 2)
The day were born where all ? old
Some cuts from the cloth straight from the king's robe
The rest of us can't even be pawn
But we wear soldier's uniforms, dying for their ?

(Chorus)
I'm playing Checkers while they're playing Chess
They make the big moves and make me a little less
Even when I win, beat the pants off of the best
I'm still playing Checkers while they're playing Chess

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Hard To Be An Outlaw
  • 2 Long In The Tooth
  • 3 The Git Go
  • 4 Sunbeam Special
  • 5 I'll Love You As Much As I Can
  • 6 Last Call For Alcohol
  • 7 Checkers and Chess
  • 8 American Me
  • 9 I'm In Love
  • 10 Music City USA