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The Gambler Chords

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this probably isn't how they play it when they do acoustic, but for the purposes of 
it by yourself this works just fine.

the entire song can be played with variations of an open C chord. and then F barre, to G barre.
i'm not so sure about the interlude between the last verse, i would say just play the 
with no vocals there.

Capo 4th fret.
Arpeggiate fingerpick each chord
  C  CM7/B  C/E  C5/G  F    G

e                      1    3
B 1    1     1    1    1    3
G 0    0     0    0    2    4
D 2    0     2    0    3    5
A 3    2          0    3    5
E                 3    1    3

C  CM7/B   C/E
  Slow     down,
C5/G       F               G
we've got time left to be lazy
        C        CM7/B         C/E           C5/G    F    G
All the kids have bloomed from babies into flowers in our eyes.
          C  CM7/B  C/E  C5/G    F                G
We've got 50 good years left to spend out in the garden
I don't care to beg your pardon,
           G             (play progression once)
We should live until we die.

We were barely 18 when we'd crossed collective hearts.

It was cold, but it got warm when you'd barely crossed my eye.

and then you turned, put out your hand,

and you asked me to dance.
         F                              G
I knew nothing of romance, but it was love at second sight.

   F             G                              C (run through the C's)
I swear when I grow up, I won't just buy you a rose.
       F               G                        C (run through the C's)
I will buy the flower shop, and you will never be lonely.
F                            G
Even if the sun stops waking up over the fields
            C (run through c's slowly with rhythm)  F
I will not leave, I will not leave 'till it's our time.
         F                          G                       (run through C's)
So just take my hand, you know that I will never leave your side.

repeat for rest of verses.

It was the winter of '86, and all the fields had frozen over.
So we moved to Arizona to save our only son
and now he's turning to a man, although he thinks just like his mother,
he believes we're all just lovers he sees hope in everyone.

And even though she moved away,
we always get calls from our daughter.
She has eyes just like her father's
they are blue when skies are grey
And just like him, she never stops,
Never takes the day for granted,
works for everything that's handed to her,
Never once complains.

You think that I nearly lost you
When the doctors tried to take you away.
But like the night you took my hand beside the fire
30 years ago to this day
You swore you'd be here 'til we decide that it's our time
Well it's not time, you've never quit in all your life.
So just take my hand, you know that I'll never leave your side.
You're the love of my life, you know that I'll never leave your side.

You come home from work and you kiss me on the eye
You curse the dogs and say that I should never feed them what is ours
and the kids are coming home
I'll set the table
You can make the fire.
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djd1227 wrote on March 21 2010, 11:19 pm

Thats really good. It fits the song pretty much perfectly. My only suggesion would be to add an open A string on the arpeggio of the C/E chord. At least I think it sounds better that way.

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