Kenny Loggins

The Gambler

Kenny Loggins

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The Gambler

	  		
Tuning D# G# C# F# A# d# 


Verse  

    E                            A             E 
On a warm summer's evenin' on a train bound for nowhere, 
E                                                    B7 
I met up with the gambler; we were both too tired to sleep. 
   E                               A              E 
So we took turns a starin' out the window at the darkness 
                          B7              E 
'til boredom overtook us, and he began to speak. 


verse 2  

         E                             A                E 
He said, "Son, I've made a life out of readin' people's faces, 
                                                             B7 
and knowin' what their cards were by the way they held their eyes. 
       E                               A                 E 
And if you don't mind my sayin', I can see you're out of aces. 
      A             E            B7            E 
For a taste of your whiskey I'll give you some advice." 


verse 3  

     E                           A                  E 
So I handed him my bottle and he drank down my last swallow. 
                                               B7 
Then he bummed a cigarette, and asked me for a light. 
        E                                A                 E 
And the night got deathly quiet, and his face lost all expression. 
                 A               E                  B7               E 
Said, "If you're gonna play the game, boy, ya gotta learn to play it right. 

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E A E You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, A E B7 know when to walk away and know when to run. E A E A E You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table. A E B7 E There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.
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verse 4 (Key change) F Bb F Ev'ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin' C7 is knowin' what to throw away and knowing what to keep. F Bb F 'Cause ev'ry hand's a winner and ev'ry hand's a loser, Bb F C7 F and the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep." Verse 5 F Bb F And when he'd finished speakin', he turned back towards the window, C7 crushed out his cigarette and faded off to sleep. F Bb F And somewhere in the darkness the gambler, he broke even. Bb F C7 F But in his final words I found an ace that I could keep.
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F Bb F You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, Bb F C7 know when to walk away and know when to run. F Bb F Bb F You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table. Bb F C7 F There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.
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