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The Gambler English Medium

by Kenny Rogers

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On a warm summer's evenin',
On a train for nowhere
I met up with the gambler.
We were both too to sleep.
So we took turns a-starin'
Out the window at the darkness.
When boredom overtook us,
He to speak.

He said, 'Son, I've made my life
Out of readin' people's faces.
Knowin' what the were
By the way they held their eyes.
So if you don't 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 me for a light.
And the night got deathly quiet,
And his lost all expression.
He said, 'If
You're gonna the game, boy,
You gotta learn to it right.'

You've got to know
to hold 'em,
Know to fold 'em
Know when to away,
Know 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 every gambler knows
The secret to survivin'
Is knowin' what to throw away
And knowin' to keep.
'Cause every hand's a winner
And every hand's a loser
And the best you can hope for
Is to die in your sleep.'

And he finished speakin',
He turned back toward the window,
Crushed out his cigarette
And faded off to sleep.
And somewhere in the darkness,
The gambler he broke even.
And in his final words I found
An ace that I keep.

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

You've got to know
to hold 'em,
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away,
Know when to run.
You never 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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