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    "Kentucky Gambler" Lyrics

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    (Dolly Parton)

    I wanted more from life, than four kids and a wife
    And a job in a dark Kentucky mine
    A twenty acre farm, with a shackey house and barn
    Thats 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 casinos, of Nevada's town of Reno
    This Kentucky Gambler planned to get rich quick.

    Kentucky gambler who's going to love your woman in Kentucky
    Yeah and who's going to be the one to give her all she needs
    Kentucky gambler, who's going to raise your children in Kentucky
    And who's going to keep them 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
    Hey, I wanted everything I played, I really thought I had it made
    But I should have quit and gone on home that night.

    But when you love the green backed dollar, sorrow always bound to follow
    And Reno's dreams fade into neon amber
    And Lady Luck, she'll lead 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'd started from
    Then I started wanting to go home.

    Kentucky gambler, there ain't nobody, waiting 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.
    • submitted by the wordman
    • corrected by GeeWhiz on February 27th, 2009

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