43 Replies to “Kenny Rogers' The Gambler at the Muppet Display”

  1. Any artist that appeared on the muppets were smart , they knew the best way to keep relevant and popular and gain new fans were to get kids to see them . Just ask Alice Cooper

  2. "ON A WARM SUMMERS EVENING 
    ON A TRAIN BOUND FOR NOWHERE
    I MET UP WITH A GAMBLER
    WE WERE BOTH TOO TIRED TO SLEEP
    SO WE TOOK TURNS A-STARING
    OUT THE WINDOW AT THE DARKNESS
    TILL BOREDOM OVERTOOK US
    AND HE BEGAN TO SPEAK
    HE SAID SON IV'E MADE A LIFE
    OUT OF READING PEOPLE'S FACES
    AND KNOWING WHAT THE CARDS WERE
    BY THE WAY THEY HELD THEIR EYES
    SO IF YOU DON'T MIND MY SAYING
    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
    IF YOU'RE GONNA PLAY THE GAME BOY 
    YOU GOTTA LEARN TO PLAY IT RIGHT
    YOU GOTTA 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 SITTING AT THE TABLE
    THERE WILL BE TIME ENOUGH FOR COUNTING
    WHEN THE DEALING'S DONE
    NOW EVERY GAMBLER KNOWS
    THE SECRET TO SURVIVING
    IS KNOWING WHAT TO THROW AWAY
    AND KNOWING WHAT TO KEEP
    'CAUSE EVERY HAND'S A WINNER
    AND EVERY HAND'S A LOSER
    THE BEST THAT YOU CAN HOPE FOR
    IS TO DIE IN YOUR SLEEP
    AND WHEN HE FINISHED SPEAKING
    HE TURNED BACK TOWARDS THE WINDOW
    CRUSHED OUT HIS CIGARETTE
    AND FADED OF TO SLEEP
    AND SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS
    THE GAMBLER HE BROKE EVEN
    BUT IN HIS FINAL WORDS I FOUND 
    AN ACE THAT I COULD KEEP
    YOU GOTTA 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 SITTING AT THE TABLE
    THERE WILL BE TIME ENOUGH FOR COUNTING
    WHEN THE DEALING'S DONE"

  3. One nice, subtle touch is that the gambler doesn't sing when he talks – he just talks. It's common in these bits that the talker uses the same tone and change in octaves as the song. But this sounds like an actual old man.

  4. I was scared to shit when I first watched this as a…I don't know…maybe a 4 or 5 year old kid…it was when the ghost came out of the dead gambler and started dancing. And the old man muppet looked EXACTLY like my own Grandpa! It's still freaky now seeing a full-sized, man/muppet dancing up there! Death scared the piss out of me as a kid and frankly – it still does…

  5. When The Muppet Show ran, kids were protected but not to the extent that they are now or even 20 years ago when my sister had to explain why the men in the robes were burning a Cross in "O Brother, Where art Thou?"

  6. When he said, "In his final words I found an ace that I could keep." I thought he only meant a literal Ace card but after all these years I just realised he also was talking about the Ace card of wisdom. 😌

  7. I was 3 when this first aired but I remember watching it when I was a kid and loving this song. It's the first non-nursery rhyme that I can remember singing. RIP Kenny Rogers. Thanks for the found childhood memory.

  8. Unfortunately, I only discovered this gem after Kenny's passing, and is kind of weird that I prefer this over the original just a tad bit more.

  9. I have not seen this in years. I remember when this was on The Muppets for the first time back in the day. This brings back memories from my childhood. Rest In Peace Kenny

  10. I remember watching this on the "Muppet Show" when I was in high school. It was pretty special then and now that Kenny Rogers is gone, it is even more special.

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