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This entered the UK charts for the first time in 2007 after being popularised by the England Rugby team. During the Rugby World Cup the prop forward Matt Stevens warmed up for games by performing the song in the dressing room on his guitar and the England team subsequently adopted it as an unofficial anthem during their successful run to final of the tournament. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
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The Gambler lyrics:


On a warm summers evenin'
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
til boredom overtook us,
and he began to speak.

He said, son, I've made my life
out of readin' peoples faces,
And knowin' what their cards were
by the way they held their eyes.
So if you dont 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,
ya gotta learn to play it right.

You 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 dealins done.

Now every gambler knows
that the secret to survivin'
Is knowin what to throw away
and knowing what to keep.
Cause ev'ry hands a winner
and every hand's a loser,
And the best that you can hope for
is to die in your sleep.

So when he'd finished speakin',
he turned back towards the window,
Crushed out his cigarette
and 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 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.

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Most listeners came from United States. This song's text is exceptionally long over 321 words. It's interesting that the singer singing this track has many albums. This song has a lot of mirrors; just listen to it online without any problems. This song is longer than the most songs. This track is included into 4 albums, namely: 50 Years. These albums are the most outstanding albums of the artist. Song mirrors tip: You can easily change low-quality mirror by means of the button at the bottom of the page or to decrease its rating on the track page.

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