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The Gambler

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On a warm summer's evening, on a train bound for nowhere
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I met up with the gambler, we were both too tired to sleep
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So we took turns a staring out the window at the darkness
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Til boredom overtook us, and he began to speak
 
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He said, Son I've made a life, out of reading people's faces
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And knowing what their cards were, by the way they held their eyes
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So if you don't mind my saying, I can see you're out of aces
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For a taste of your whiskey, I'll give you some advice
 
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So I handed him my bottle, and he drank down my last swallow
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Then he bummed a cigarette, and asked me for a light
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And the night got deathly quiet, and his face lost all expression
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He said, If you're gonna play the game boy, ya gotta learn to play it right
 
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You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em
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Know when to walk away and know when to run
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You never count your money, when you're sitting at the table
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There'll be time enough for counting, when the dealings done
 
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Now every gambler knows that the secret to surviving
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Is knowing what to throw away, and knowing what to keep
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Cause every hand's a winner, and every hand's a loser
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And the best that you can hope for, is to die in your sleep
 
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And when he'd finished speaking, he turned back toward the window
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Crushed out his cigarette and faded off to sleep
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And somewhere in the darkness, the gambler he broke even
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But in his final words I found an ace that I could keep
 
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Created 2015 Nov 07 20:19

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