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Kenny Rogers – The Gambler lyrics

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 my 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, ya gotta learn
to play it right.

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

Now Ev'ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin'
Is knowin' what to throw away
and knowing what to keep.
'Cause ev'ry hand's a winner
and ev'ry hand's a loser,
And the best that you can hope for is
to die in your sleep. "

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

You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.
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    Evan227
    I have to laugh about what the chorus has to say about dating and loving; gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know to walk away and know when to run! And "the secret to surviving is knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep", and every hand's a winner and a loser. Once you accept that, your dating life (especially 35+, is easier).
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