difficulty level 3Difficulty level 3/5
 

Chords in this song

A# chordA chordB7 chordC chordC7 chordE chordF chord

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Verse:
    EE chord                            AA chord               EE chord
On a warm summer's evenin' on a train bound for nowhere,
EE chord                                                    B7B7 chord
I met up with the gambler; we were both too tired to sleep.
   EE chord                                AA chord             EE chord
So we took turns a starin' out the window at the darkness
                          B7B7 chord              EE chord
'til boredom overtook us, and he began to speak.
 
Verse:
         EE chord                             AA chord                EE chord
He said, "Son, I've made a life out of readin' people's faces,
                                                             B7B7 chord
and knowin' what their cards were by the way they held their eyes.
       EE chord                               AA chord                 EE chord
And if you don't mind my sayin', I can see you're out of aces.
      AA chord             EE chord            B7B7 chord            EE chord
For a taste of your whiskey I'll give you some advice."
 
Verse:
     EE chord                           AA chord                  EE chord
So I handed him my bottle and he drank down my last swallow.
                                              B7B7 chord
Then he bummed a cigarette and asked me for a light.
        EE chord                                AA chord                 EE chord
And the night got deathly quiet, and his face lost all expression.
                 AA chord               EE chord                  B7B7 chord               EE chord
Said, "If you're gonna play the game, boy, ya gotta learn to play it right.
 
Chorus:
           EE chord                     AA chord             EE chord
You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
AA chord            EE chord                          B7B7 chord
know when to walk away and know when to run.
          EE chord     AA chord    EE chord                 AA chord              EE chord
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
            EE chord    AA chord          EE chord        B7B7 chord                EE chord
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.
 
Verse 4 - key change -:
FF chord                            BbBb chord             FF chord
Ev'ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin'
                                                  CC chord
is knowin' what to throw away and knowing what to keep.
       FF chord                         BbBb chord              FF chord
'Cause ev'ry hand's a winner and ev'ry hand's a loser,
        BbBb chord                 FF chord              CC chord           FF chord
and the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep."
 
Verse:
    FF chord                               BbBb chord                       FF chord
And when he'd finished speakin', he turned back towards the window,
                                           C7C7 chord
crushed out his cigarette and faded off to sleep.
    FF chord                             BbBb chord                 FF chord
And somewhere in the darkness the gambler, he broke even.
    BbBb chord            FF chord                C7C7 chord               FF chord
But in his final words I found an ace that I could keep.
 
Chorus:
           FF chord                     BbBb chord             FF chord
You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
BbBb chord            FF chord                          C7C7 chord
know when to walk away and know when to run.
          FF chord     BbBb chord   FF chord                 BbBb chord              FF chord
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
             FF chord    BbBb chord          FF chord        C7C7 chord                FF chord
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.
 
 
Chorus - a cappella -:
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.
 
Chorus:
           EE chord                     AA chord             EE chord
You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
AA chord            EE chord                          B7B7 chord
know when to walk away and know when to run.
          EE chord     AA chord    EE chord                 AA chord              EE chord
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
            EE chord    AA chord          EE chord        B7B7 chord                EE chord
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.    

This arrangement for the song is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.

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