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The Gambler by Kenny Rogers – Ukulele Chords

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The Gambler Ukulele Chords - Kenny Rogers

The Gambler Ukulele Chords – Kenny Rogers. This song uses the chords: E, A, B, F, Bb, C. You can change the key for free, as needed.

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The Gambler Ukulele Chords – Kenny Rogers

(Original Recording is in the key of Eb, and then modulates to the key of E)

VERSE 1:

On a Ewarm summer’s evening on a Atrain bound for EnowhereI met up with the gambler we were both too tired to BsleepSo Ewe took turns a-starin’ out the Awindow at the EdarknessThe Aboredom overEtook us Band he began to Espeak
VERSE 2:
He said, ESon, I’ve made a life out of Areadin’ people’s EfacesKnowin’ what the cards were by the way they held their BeyesSo if Eyou don’t mind my sayin’ I can Asee you’re out of EacesFor a Ataste of your Ewhiskey BI‘ll give you some Eadvice”
VERSE 3:
So I Ehanded him my bottle and he Adrank down my last EswallowThen he bummed a cigarette and asked me for a BlightAnd the Enight got deathly quiet and his Aface lost all exEpressionSaid, “If you’re Agonna play the game, Eboy you gotta Blearn to play it Eright
CHORUS 1:
You’ve got to Eknow when to hold ’em Aknow when to Efold ’emAKnow when to Ewalk away and know when to BrunYou never Ecount your money when you’re Asittin’ at the Etable
There’ll be time eAnough for Ecountin’ Bwhen the dealin’s Edone
VERSE 4:
FEvery gambler knows that the Bbsecret to surviFvin’Is knowin’ what to throw away and knowin’ what to Ckeep‘Cause Fevery hand’s a winner and Bbevery hand’s a FloserAnd the Bbbest that you can Fhope for is to Cdie in your Fsleep”
VERSE 5:
And Fwhen he’d finished speakin’ he Bbturned back toward the FwindowCrushed out his cigarette faded off to CsleepAnd Fsomewhere in the darkness the Bbgambler he broke FevenBut Bbin his final Fwords I found an Cace that I could Fkeep
CHORUS 2:
You’ve got to Fknow when to hold ’em Bbknow when to Ffold ’emBbKnow when to Fwalk away and know when to CrunYou never Fcount Bbyour money when you’re Bbsittin’ at the Ftable
There’ll be time eBbnough for Fcountin’ Cwhen the dealin’s Fdone
You’ve got to Fknow when to hold ’em Bbknow when to Ffold ’emBbKnow when to Fwalk away and know when to CrunYou never Fcount your money when you’re Bbsittin’ at the Ftable
There’ll be time Bbenough for Fcountin’ Cwhen the dealin’s Fdone
You’ve got to Fknow when to hold ’em Bbknow when to Ffold ’emBbKnow when to Fwalk away and know when to CrunYou never Fcount Bbyour money when you’re Bbsittin’ at the Ftable
There’ll be time Bbenough for Fcountin’ Cwhen the dealin’s Fdone
The Gambler Ukulele Chords - Kenny Rogers
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“The Gambler” History:

“The Gambler” is a country song written by Don Schlitz, recorded and made famous by Kenny Rogers. It was released in 1978 as the title track from his album of the same name. The song tells the story of a conversation between the narrator and a gambler they meet on a train journey. The gambler offers the narrator advice on life, using gambling metaphors.

The chorus of the song contains the famous lines:

“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away, 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.”

These lines have become iconic and are often quoted in popular culture. The song’s message about knowing when to take risks and when to let go has resonated with audiences for decades.

“The Gambler” was a massive commercial success for Kenny Rogers, topping the country charts in the United States and Canada and reaching the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. It won a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1980 and has been covered by numerous artists over the years. The song’s enduring popularity has cemented its status as one of Kenny Rogers’ signature songs.

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