You Gotta Know When to Hold Them Chords

We bring you the song’s You Gotta Know When to Hold Them Chords sung by Kenny Rogers.

Tuning: E A D G B E
Capo: 3rd fret

You Gotta Know When to Hold Them Chords

The original is in the key of Eb with a key change up to E (i think the transition chord is an F chord)
I have come up with this version as a novice version that allows for a key change without the more difficult
barre chords. This version goes from key of Eb to F.

 
CHORDS (Relative to Capo on 3rd fret)
C x32010
F 133211
G 320033
D xx0232
A x02220
 
[Verse 1]
     C             C            F               C
On a warm summer's evenin' on a train bound for nowhere,
  F               C                C                 G
I met up with the gambler; we were both too tired to sleep.
   C               C               F             C
So we took turns a starin' out the window at the darkness
     F           C        G               C
'til boredom overtook us, and he began to speak.
 
 
[Verse 2]
          C                C           F                C
He said, "Son, I've made a life out of readin' people's faces,
    F                  C                 C                   G
and knowin' what their cards were by the way they held their eyes.
       C                 C             F                 C
And if you don't mind my sayin', I can see you're out of aces.
      F             C            G               C
For a taste of your whiskey I'll give you some advice."
 
 
[Verse 3]
     C             C             F                  C
So I handed him my bottle and he drank down my last swallow. 
F                C             C              G
Then he bummed a cigarette and asked me for a light.
        C                 C              F               C
And the night got deathly quiet, and his face lost all expression.
       F                        C                   G                C
Said, "If you're gonna play the game, boy, ya gotta learn to play it right.
 
 
[Chorus]
           C            C         F            C
You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
F            C             C            G
know when to walk away and know when to run.
          C          C                 F              C
You don't count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
            F               C       G                  C      C D D
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.
 
 
[Verse 4]
D             D              G            D
Ev'ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin'
   G               D              D               A
is knowin' what to throw away and knowing what to keep.
       D              D          G              D
'Cause ev'ry hand's a winner and ev'ry hand's a loser,
        G                 D              A           D
and the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep."
 
 
[Verse 5]
    D                  D            G                       D
And when he'd finished speakin', he turned back towards the window,
G               D             D            A
crushed out his cigarette and faded off to sleep.
    D                D            G                 D
And somewhere in the darkness the gambler, he broke even.
    G            D                A                D
But in his final words I found an ace that I could keep.
 
 
[Chorus]
           D            D         G            D
You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
G            D             D            A
know when to walk away and know when to run.
          D          D                 G              D
You don't count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
            G               D       A                  D
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.
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