Kenny Rogers The Gambler Chords
On The Acoustic

Here on this Kenny Rogers The Gambler chords page you'll find my acoustic guitar demo, purchase link to the full lesson, the lyrics to the song as well as a free .pdf chord sheet to this song that you can download.

August 21, 1938 – March 20, 2020 - (Age 81)

Kenny Rogers The Gambler Chords
Demo Lyrics & Pdf

This song was a #1 hit for Kenny Rogers in 1978-1979 and again on the digital downloads chart following his death in 2020.

I'm using a capo here, but the song can be played in any chord

For this Kenny Rogers The Gambler chords, you can use these:

  • D
  • G
  • A7 or use an A

I'm playing the bottom few strings for the first verse, a little more of the chord on the second and then using some bass notes and runs to fill it out in the 3rd verse and the rest of the song. So at this point it's a root down bass up down and repeat. 

No this song does have a 1/2 step or one fret key shift. I've omitted for my version but if you wish to include it then you'll need three additional chords and they are:

  • D#
  • G#
  • A#

I'm not a big fan of shifting songs one fret so I left it out on purpose.

The Gambler
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There isn't any picking or anything heavy duty here. Just a simple country song telling a story which I think it's safe to say, was Kenny Roger's signature song.


The Gambler Lyrics

On a warm summer's evening - on a train bound for nowhere
I met up with the gambler - we were both too tired to sleep
So we took turns a-starin' - out the window at the darkness
The boredom overtook us - and he began to speak

He said, "Son, I've made a life - out of readin' people's faces
Knowin' what the cards were - by the way they held their eyes
So if you don't mind 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 asked me for a light
And the night got deathly quiet - and his face lost all expression
Said, "If you're gonna play the game, boy - you gotta learn to play it right

You've got to know when to hold 'em - know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away - and 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

Every gambler knows - that the secret to survivin'
Is knowin' what to throw away - and knowin' what to keep
'Cause every hand's a winner - and every hand's a loser
And the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep"

And when he'd finished speakin' - he turned back toward the window
Crushed out his cigarette - faded off to sleep
And somewhere in the darkness - the gambler he broke even
But in his final words I found an ace that I could keep

You've got to know when to hold 'em - know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away - and 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

You've got to know when to hold 'em - know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away - and 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

You've got to know when to hold 'em - know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away - and 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

Thanks for stopping by this Kenny Rogers The Gambler chords page and I hope you found the info here somewhat helpful and useful.



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