You Gotta Know When to Hold 'Em - Know When to Fold 'Em

They say it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game. Well, when you've played the best game of your life and at a critical juncture in the game you're dealt a pair of 3's - it's time to count your loses and hope you have enough cab fair to get home.

I've always known that being a good person wasn't good enough in all situations. Often times people require more and sometime they require less. If you can't balance that then you can only get so far. More to come at a later date.

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, Ive made a 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 youre out of aces.
For a taste of your whiskey Ill 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 youre 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 youre sittin at the table.
Therell be time enough for countin when the dealins done.

Now evry gambler knows that the secret to survivin
Is knowin what to throw away and knowing what to keep.
cause evry hands a winner and evry hands a loser,
And the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep.

So when hed 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 youre sittin at the table.
Therell be time enough for countin when the dealins done.

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 you r money when youre sittin at the table.
Therell be time enough for countin when the dealins done.


 

18 Responses to You Gotta Know When to Hold 'Em - Know When to Fold 'Em

  1. Domite Says:
    WillIE! Great song I think that is an Omen that I'm gonna kick some ass in poker tonight!!!
  2. Little Miss Chatterbox Says:
    Thanks for helping me with the re-post thing. I knew you knew how to do it because you've done it before.

    If there is anyway I can help or pray for you just let me know:
    chatterboxchronicles@hotmail.com.

    Hugs,
    Dee :-)
  3. Raiden Says:
    Not a country music fan but the songs message is undeniable.
  4. Rashid Muhammad Says:
    Ahhh... the Gambler. One of the great bits of musical storytelling ever.

    I especially love the vamp at the end...

    "When to hold em!"

    Good stuff.

    Play your hand with confidence my friend.
  5. Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden Says:
    07 31 06

    We are praying for you James.
  6. nikki Says:
    i'm not sure what happened but you and yours are in my prayers.
  7. Sherril Says:
    James,
    I just had so much fun watching that video and clapping along to The Gambler. Thanks.
    Would you do me a favor, as a football enthusiast. I have an online friend who just started a brand new blog and his first post is about football. I commented, but since I know nothing about the subject and care less, there was not too much I could say. If you could give him a look/see and comment, I would be oh so appreciative and I bet he will be too. Thanks.
  8. mark Says:
    Yo James keep your head up. You are strong intelligent brotha, whatever it is your going thru you will come out of it shining like Mop and Glow. Peace
  9. Brotha Buck Says:
    So sorry, hope things get better, soon.
  10. Cynthia Says:
    I'm one that believes that things always turn out for the best and that each one of us has exactly what we need to handle what life throws at us. Since I’m not a praying woman, I will send good and positive thoughts your way.
  11. Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden Says:
    08 09 06

    So you deleted the other post eh? GOOD!
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