“For a taste of your whiskey…”

If ever a song matched a voice, this is it—The Gambler, written by country music songwriter Don Schultz and popularized by Kenny Rogers. His album by the same title won a Grammy for best Country Album in 1980.

He said, “Son, I’ve made a life, out of readin’ people’s faces

And knowin’ what their cards were by the way they held their eyes

So if you don’t 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, you 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 dealing’s done…


About Author

Josh is an author, former blogger, media critic, x-Capitol Hill legislative aide and White House assistant, business consultant, idea marketing specialist, a squatter at the global village virtual bar and an alpine rock gardener where he lives in Woodstock, NY.