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Omagh is the county town of Tyrone and is the largest county in Northern Ireland. It was the home of Hugh O'Neill the Earl Of Tyrone who surrendered to the English in 1603 which then saw the end of Gaelic Ireland. This was the start of the plantation of ulster by English and Scottish settlers who took control of the land.
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in his final words I found an ace
The advice of the gambler, while describing a poker game, has given the narrator a ray of hope, a "winner" to live by.

With the advice, the young man "found an ace" that he can keep. This circles back to when the gambler introduces himself at the beginning, and said "I can see you're out of aces". Ace in this case is the advice. In the beginning, the young man was out of ace, or out of ideas or advice. The gambler game him some ideas, but the ideas do not pertain to a card game. The gambler gave the young man some ideas on how to live. The young man repeats the ideas in his head. Know what to do with opportunities. Some you keep, some you give up, and some you run from the danger. Don’t count the money, and look only at money when making decisions. Don't let money be your guide at making decisions. Look at money only after decisions are made.
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faded off to sleep.
And somewhere in the darkness the
Many believe that the gambler dies after "breaking even", and his "final words" are literally his last.

Still, he imparted his knowledge and wisdom to the narrator, who in turn, imparts it to us.

If gambler only breaks even, then obviously he cannot be a gambler. This again suggest the song is more than just about the card game. The gambler only broke even after all his hard work. But here, breaking even is considered a victory. Again, there is no coming out ahead in life. The best you can do is just to break even. Once you know how to master life, then you can at least break even. The gambler mastered the game of life by knowing that there is no coming out ahead. You do what is right, and make the right decision base on what card life dealt you. By doing that, you can break even.
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in your sleep. "

So when he'd finished speakin', he turned back towards the window,
Crushed out his cigarette and
The Gambler knows he is wiser and more experienced. He doesn’t need to listen to the narrator’s response because there’s nothing more he could learn from him. So once he has finished giving his advice, he turns away, crushes his cigarette and goes to sleep.
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hand's a loser,
And the best that you can hope for is to die
The mention of dying in your sleep reinforce the theme that the song is not about how to win a card game. Is talking about something deeper than a card game.
This is somewhat of a sobering statement. Unlike a card game, there is no winning in life, because ultimately, we all die. The only next best thing you can do besides winning is to die in your sleep. That way, you think you are winning when you die. You never know you lost because you died in your sleep. Relative to you, that is as good as winning if you think you are winning.
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what to keep.
'Cause ev'ry hand's a winner and ev'ry
Every card dealt is either a loser card or a winning card. The choice of judging is left to the gambler.

The cards that life deals you are not always good. “Every hand’s a winner and every hand’s a loser” means there are opportunities that are winners, and just as well, there are opportunities that are losers. "Every gambler knows that the secret to survivin' is knowin' what to throw away and knowing what to keep." Life is a gamble, and every one are in a sense a gambler. Like cards, the secret in life is selecting the right opportunities.
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Ev'ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin'
Is knowin' what to throw away and knowing
A loaded metaphor that refers to material possessions, memories, grudges and pain.

The "what" can be who, when where and why.

Once one internalize the concept, he has "the ace" and can move forward.
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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
Moral of a gambler: "Never count your chickens before they hatch."

"Sittin' at the table" is where decisions are made. Card are dealt, and you have a decision to make. In the game of life, sitting at the table is where life takes different courses. Life presents you with different cards, and you have to make a decision on what to do. "You never count your money" because counting money will distract you, and keep you from making the right decision. In another word, don’t only look at money when making life decisions. It will steer you wrong. This goes back to his first statement that "if you’re gonna play the game, boy, you gotta learn to play it right". You have to make life decision base on what is right. That is what is right thing to do, right for you or maybe family. Don’t just count the money.
"You got to know when to hold'em". When there are good opportunities, hold on to them. When opportunities don’t play out, "Know when to fold'em". It could be a dead end job that you spent years at, and got nowhere. Know when to fold. "Know when to run" because there are situations where opportunities are very appealing, but in the end will result in a wreck. Run far away from them because they are dangerous.
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lost all expression.
Said, "If you're gonna play the game, boy, ya gotta learn to play
Here the playing it right can apply to card games. You have to play it right to win. But the gambler is also thinking of playing the game of life. Life is a gamble also, and you got to play it right. Right in case is doing the right thing.
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of aces.
For a taste of your whiskey I'll give you
I will give you some advice in exchange for a tot of whisky.

The gambler hooks the young man with promise of some secrets to winning a card game. However, the advice he finally gave, although sounds like a card game really has nothing to do with cards. There was no technical advice on how to win. At least nothing of practical value. The gambler is giving the young man his perspective on a bigger more important game. The gambler looks at life like a game, and his advice is on life. The need for some whiskey was not a bribe, but rather an escape for him to open up on a personal level.
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my sayin', I can see you're out
A metaphor for poor luck, or running out of options.

The gambler takes himself to be the more senior and experienced person talking to a younger person giving him advice. In that context, out of aces means the younger person is out of ideas or solutions.

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faces,
And knowin' what their cards were by the way they held their eyes.
So if you don't mind
Face Reading” is a art that few gamblers have truly perfected.
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of readin' people's
Face reading is an art or science that is as ancient as humanity.
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darkness
'Til boredom overtook us, and he began to
A chance encounter with a stranger on a train changed the narrator's life.
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I met up with the gambler; we were both too tired to sleep.
So we took turns a starin' out the window at the
"The gambler", like Rogers himself, is tired from life's games and gambles. They both pass time staring out of the window….
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on a train bound for nowhere
The setting for the song is "a train bound for nowhere" - a metaphor for his life's direction at that moment.
Shrek – All Star
Jul 4, 2015
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I said yep what a concept
I could use a little fuel myself
And we could all use a little change
“Change” is being used as a double entendre here, meaning both extra money and a change for the better, something to make us stronger.

Fuel is also a double entendre, as in, fuel for your car and life fuel (exciting things happening in your life).
Shrek – All Star
Jul 4, 2015
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Somebody once asked, could I spare some change for gas
'ЂњI need to get myself away from this place"
Just a little bit of money to get him away from the terrible city he lives in.
Shrek – All Star
Jul 4, 2015
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My world's on fire how about yours
That's the way I like it and I never get bored
The singer is stating this his life is full of mishaps and excitement and he’ll never get bored of it
Shrek – All Star
Jul 4, 2015
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But the meteor men beg to differ
Judging by the hole in the satellite picture

The ice we skate is getting pretty thin
The waters getting warm so you might as well swim
These lines are two separate entities.

First: Media men try to tell us the world isn’t a “cold” place, which was referred to in the first lines of the verse.
Second: Our government and society are falling apart and now that more and more people are joining the anti-government movements, Smash Mouth suggests listeners should go ahead and do that too.
Shrek – All Star
Jul 4, 2015
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It's a cool place and they say it gets colder
The world is a cruel, cold place that only gets crueler and colder as the years pass by. As you get older, there are more and more heartbreaks waiting to happen.
Shrek – All Star
Jul 4, 2015
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Only shooting stars break the mold
Breaking the mold means that you do something differently. In this context, it means that only stars (hence, “shooting” stars) can do things different from others.
Shrek – All Star
Jul 4, 2015
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(And all that glitters is gold)
A twist on the saying, “Not all that glitters is gold”. Possibly an allusion to the beginning line from “Stairway to Heaven”.

This adds to the previous two lines. Society and the media teaches that everything we do should be working towards the goal of making the most money, even though in reality, that doesn’t matter at all.
Shrek – All Star
Jul 4, 2015
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Hey now you're a Rock Star get the show on get paid
The life of a Rock Star is revered as one only achievable by few, as the perfect lifestyle, as the only way to have fun and get paid to do it.
But we’re all rock stars. We can do whatever we want. Get out, have some fun, and maybe get paid while you do it.
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