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KENTUCKY GAMBLER (Dolly Parton) Dolly Parton - 1974 Merle Haggard - 1974 I wanted more from life than four kids and a wife And a job at a dark Kentucky mine A twenty acre farm with a shacky house and barn That's all I had and all I left behind But at gambling I was lucky and so I left Kentucky And left behind my woman and my kids Into the gay casino in Nevada's town of Reno This Kentucky gambler planned to get rich quick Kentucky gambler, who's gonna love your woman in Kentucky Yeah, and who's gonna be the one to give her everything she needs Kentucky gambler, who's gonna raise your children in Kentucky And who's gonna keep 'em fed and keep them shoes on their feet There at the Gambler's Paradise, Lady Luck was on my side And this Kentucky gambler played just right Yeah, I won at ev'rything I played, really thought I had it made But I should've quit and gone on home that night But when you love the greenback dollar Sorrow's always bound to follow And Reno dreams fade into neon ember And Lady Luck she leads you on She'll stay a while and then she's gone You better go on home, Kentucky gambler But a gambler never seems to stop Till he loses all he's got And with a money-hungry fever I played on I played till I'd lost all I'd won I was right back where I started from Then I started wantin' to go home Kentucky gambler, there ain't nobody waitin' in Kentucky When I ran out somebody else walked in Kentucky gambler, looks like you ain't really very lucky And it seems to me a gambler loses much more than he wins Much more than he wins (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - May 2011)


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