Here’s to the Gambler

He taught me to hold’em.
Scolded me for fold’in.
We knew how to walk away
and knew where to run.
It wasn’t bout the money
while drinking at the table.
It’s just the Rookie and the Gambler
when all was said and done.

A tribute to Kenny Rogers.

I was going to try and write a spin-off to his song, ‘The Gambler’ but decided against it because I didn’t want to ruin this great piece.


  1. The Gambler was one of the first songs I learned on the guitar, oddly. Our grade 5 music teacher chose it! It makes sense though, for its life-lesson metaphor.
    RIP Kenny Rogers. What a great musician. Happy to see you posting again. :))

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    1. I was a always fascinated by his lyrical stories. When I was writing this, I broke down the rhyme scheme and noticed words and rhythm were more important than scheme. After that, it flowed.

      Do you still play? I thought about dusting off mine and playing again.

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      1. Ah, cool. I do… but only sporadically, just casual family gatherings and whatnot. I’m not a great player, just basic chords and singalong songs, mostly. But I did learn Seven Nation Army… so now I can play that, badly! 😉

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