The Gambler chords and lyrics

by Kenny Rogers

  • The Gambler was written by Don Schlitzg - an American country music songwriter from Durham, North Carolina.
  • Released: Nov 15, 1978 from the album of the same name.
  • Original Key: Eb Major
  • Key - Live Version: E Major with a key change to F Major
  • Music: 4/4 time at 94 bpm
  • Chords: E, A, B, B7 → F, Bb, C, C7
  • Beginners: If you find the B chord a little hard to play, B7 will do just fine. We can't avoid the Bb chord, so if you haven't learned barre chords yet, simply omit the barre on the first fret and just place the first finger on the first string - 1st fret and only play the first 4 strings... xx3331

The Gambler by Kenny Rogers

             123 4
Intro: 4/4 ||--- E  | A  - E  | A  - E  | A  - E  | A  - E  ||
                                                          (On a) 

         E                                A             E
1. On a warm sum-mer's ev-en-ing__ On a train bound for no-where
                                                            B
   I met up with the gam-bler__ We were both too tired to sleep
      E                                 A                E
   So we took turns a staring__ At the dark-ness at the win-dow
         A             E       B                  E
   Till bore-dom over-took us__ And he began to speak
 
            E                             A                 E
2. He said Son I've made a life__ Out of read-ing peo-ple's fa-ces
                                                                    B
   And know-ing what their cards were__ By the way they held their eyes
           E                                 A                E
   And if you don't mind my say-in'__ I can see you're out of a-ces
           A            E               B                E
   For a taste of your whis-key__ I'll give you some ad-vice
 
         E                                A                 E
3. So I han-ded him my bot-tle__ And he drank down my last swal-low
                                                       B
   Then he bummed a ci-gar-ette__ And asked me for a light
            E                                  A                E
   And the night got death-ly quiet__ And his face lost all ex-pres-sion
                   A               E                     B                E
   Said if you're gon-na play the game boy__ Ya got-ta learn to play it right
 
                     E                    A              E
Chorus: You got to know when to hold 'em__ Know when to fold 'em
      A               E                             B
        Know when to walk a-way__ And know when to run
                     E                              A              E
        You ne-ver count your mo-ney__ When you're sit-ting at the ta-ble
                             A         E       B7                    E |  E  | 
        There'll be time e-nough for count-ing__ When the deal-ings done 
        
 (key change)
        F                                Bb              F
3. Nowe ev-'ry gam-bler knows__ That the se-cret to sur-viv-ing
                                                           C7
   Is know-ing what to throw a-way__ And know-ing what to keep
         F                           Bb               F
   Cause ev-'ry hand's a win-ner and ev-'ry hand's a lo-ser
            Bb           F               C7            F
   And the best you can hope for__ Is to die in your sleep
 
        F                                   Bb                      F
4. And when he'd fi-nished speak-in'__ He turned back to-ward the win-dow
                                                     C7
   Crushed out his ci-ga-rette__ And fa-ded off to sleep
        F                                Bb                F
   And some-where in the dark-ness__ The gam-bler he broke e-ven
       Bb              F              C7                F
   But in his fi-nal words I found an ace that I could keep
   
                    F                    Bb              F
Chorus: You got to know when to hold 'em__ Know when to fold 'em
      Bb              F                             C
        Know when to walk a-way__ And know when to run
                     F                             Bb              F
        You ne-ver count your mo-ney__ When you're sit-ting at the ta-ble
                            Bb         F       C7                    F 
        There'll be time e-nough for count-ing__ When the deal-ings done 
        
                    F                    Bb              F
Chorus: You got to know when to hold 'em__ Know when to fold 'em
      Bb              F                             C
        Know when to walk a-way__ And know when to run
                     F                             Bb              F
        You ne-ver count your mo-ney__ When you're sit-ting at the ta-ble
                            Bb         F       C7                    F 
        There'll be time e-nough for count-ing__ When the deal-ings done 
        
                    F                    Bb              F
Chorus: You got to know when to hold 'em__ Know when to fold 'em
     Bb               F                             C
        Know when to walk a-way__ And know when to run
                     F                             Bb              F
        You ne-ver count your mo-ney__ When you're sit-ting at the ta-ble
                            Bb         F       C7                    F 
        There'll be time e-nough for count-ing__ When the deal-ings done         

E Major → F Major

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4: Fingers/Notes
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
A column of 3's: Barre 3rd finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
(alt): alternative voicing

Right-Handed Chord Tabs
           E                  A                 B7                    B  
    e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|-4-|---|     e|---|-1-|---|-----|
    B|---|---|---|     B|---|-3-|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|---|-1-|---|-4-3-|
    G|-1-|---|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|-3-|---|     G|---|-1-|---|-3-3-|
    D|---|-3-|---|     D|---|-1-|---|     D|-1-|---|---|     D|---|-1-|---|-2-3-|
    A|---|-2-|---|     A|---|---|---|     A|---|-2-|---|     A|---|-1-|---|-----|
    E|---|---|---|     E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|-----|x
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3   4

           F                 Bb                    C                 C7 
    e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|-----|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|
    B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|-4-3-|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|
    G|-1-|-2-|---|     G|-1-|---|-3-3-|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|-4-|
    D|-1-|---|-4-|     D|-1-|---|-2-3-|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|-2-|---|
    A|-1-|---|-3-|     A|-1-|---|-----|     A|---|---|-3-|     A|---|---|-3-|
    E|-1-|---|---|     E|---|---|-----|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3            1   2   3          1   2   3


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          E                  A                 B7                      B
    |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|-4-|---|e     |-----|---|-1-|---|e
    |---|---|---|B     |---|-3-|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |-3-4-|---|-1-|---|B
    |---|---|-1-|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-3-|---|G     |-3-3-|---|-1-|---|G
    |---|-3-|---|D     |---|-1-|---|D     |---|---|-1-|D     |-3-2-|---|-1-|---|D
    |---|-2-|---|A     |---|---|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A     |-----|---|-1-|---|A
    |---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|-----|---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          4   3   2   1  Frets
      
          F                   Bb                  C                 C7
    |---|---|-1-|e     |-----|---|-1-|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e
    |---|---|-1-|B     |-3-4-|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B
    |---|-2-|-1-|G     |-3-3-|---|-1-|G     |---|---|---|G     |-4-|---|---|G
    |-4-|---|-1-|D     |-3-2-|---|-1-|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D
    |-3-|---|-1-|A     |-----|---|-1-|A     |-3-|---|---|A     |-3-|---|---|A
    |---|---|-1-|E    x|-----|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
      3   2   1            3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets

Kenny Rogers

Born: Kenneth Ray Rogers on Aug 21, 1938 in Houston, Texas, United States.

Profession: singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur

Music Style: Country, pop, adult contemporary, soft rock, rock, jazz

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, fiddle

Active Years: 1958 - present

Kenny Rogers

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