The Gambler

Lyrics: Jackie Greene
Music: Jackie Greene

A Jackie Greene song played with Phil Lesh and Friends in 2007. Not to be confused with the Marty Robbins song with the same title.

He sits at the table
In a room full of tables
Smoking the air
And juicing his eyes
He lies when he's able
Tall tales, fables and lines

He plays all the horses
Got insider sources
He believes what they tell him
Though they've never been right
So he blames it on forces
Of course that are out of his sight

And as the night melts away
To the promise of day
He's there by the stall
Making a phone call
To a wife that loves him
But does not think of him at all

He says I put kids through school
From this old wooden stool
And all that it made me was wise
He says gamblers and gunslingers
And old country song singers
All got the same kind of eyes

[He moans] as the dealer
[The stealer a heater]
[Brend] as the tender
From noon till night
The piano ain't tuned
But Luther can play it just fine

Jack's in the corner
With some girl from Kansas
They seems so in love
They're making a scene
Our lives aren't so small
So as long as we're able to dream

But no one survives
The table's alive
It stands to remind us
But never define us
For what we've become
Is the sum of what's left behind us

But too many fools
Who played by the rules
And allthey can keep are goodbyes
But gamblers and gunslingers
And old country song singers
All got the same kind of eyes

It's quarter to three
Old news on TV
The weather man says
It's gonna rain for a while
Ah, but what does he know
Everyone here's in denial

And the jukebox lights up
And Luther pipes up
His song fills the air
But nobody cares
So the gambler hangs up
And moves to the last open chair

When a man gets too old
He learns how to fold
And it's all he can do to survive
Ah but gamblers and gunslingers
And old country song singers
All got the same kind of eyes

He said gamblers and gunslingers
And old country song singers
All got the same kind of eyes
Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     2007 Small Tempest (EP) Jackie Greene