Going For A Song: ‘The Gambler’

Kenny Rogers – The Gambler

‘The Gambler’ packs so much into its 3 minutes and 31 seconds. It’s a great example of vivid but economical songwriting and storytelling; each line revealing something (the Gambler – always on the make – drinks not just a bit but the “last swallow” of the narrator’s whiskey); it’s what country songs especially can do so very well. And come on, what a chorus…

There will be time enough for counting when the dealings done

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