Song Of The Week: The Gambler by Kenny Rogers

Welcome back everyone. As you’ve probably noticed, Project Shandy has been mighty quiet lately. Truth be told, there’s been an explosion of interest in my tutoring business so I’ve had to neglect my poor old website and it’s likely to be quiet for a while in terms of my own content. We’re still open for submissions though, if you’ve got anything you’d like to send in.

I have been stressing about getting this place up and running again, not least because I’ve missed writing the song of the week post, but I have been too busy even for music recently. A lot of my collection is feeling old and tired and I need to broaden my tastes and let some new (and older) stuff in to refresh my palette.

This song caught me by surprise on the way home from a tutoring session though andĀ gave me a wise lesson as well as a good song for ‘song of the week’. Kenny Rogers’ lovely little story song ‘The Gambler’. I love country music, I was quite into it when I was a teenager, I love the stories that they tell and the lessons they hold. Perhaps it’s time for me to go back to that genre for a bit.

Life is rushing ahead at full steam at the moment and it’s going to be an insanely busy summer. I might not have time to stop and catch my breath for a bit. But, sometimes, that’s what life is and I’ve been craving a bit more action for a while. The things is, there’s no use worrying about it. You just have to go with it, and play the game.

“You’ve 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 counting
When the dealin’s done

Every gambler knows
That the secret to survivin’
Is knowin’ what to throw away
And knowin’ what to keep
‘Cause every hand’s a winner
And every hand’s a loser
And the best that you can hope for is to die
In your sleep”

So for the next while, I might just be sitting at the table and not concentrating on keeping score. I will be popping in now and then, but it might be a bit more sporadic!


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