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Tribute to The Gambler

Now there's no old man sitting there, just an empty rocking chair. But the things he said will always be around. The Gambler is now at rest, on a train bound for nowhere., and sometimes all the nights can be so long. I've longed for love like everyone else does, longing for shelter from all that we see. While she lays crying, I fumble with a melody or two, and I'm torn between the things that I should do. It's better everyday, you've kissed my tears away, I know I'll keep searching even after today. I want to say I love you, forever let me wake to see you, you have gone and made me such a fool, won't you believe in my song? I will find a way, find a way..you're my lady. I'm hungry for laughter and here ever after, I'm after whatever the other life brings. But it won't be long I've heard them say until I'm not around, And yes, it's true that I'm not the man I used to be. He turned back toward the window, his faced lost all expression.. He said, "If you're gonna play the game boy, gotta learn to play it right. That's the secret to survivin'.,know when to fold 'em. The Gambler crushed out his cigarette..,and faded off to sleep. Now there's no old man sitting there, just an empty rocking chair. But the things he said will always be around.
"Youth only happens to you one time An so I've been told If you should miss it in your young time Have it when you're old" -K.R.
Kenny Rogers RIP August 21, 1938 – March 20, 2020

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Date: 5/4/2020 11:11:00 PM
Brilliant tribute!
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Date: 5/5/2020 8:56:00 AM
Hello Tara Dawn. -Uncle Richard
Date: 5/3/2020 7:14:00 PM
Imagery Perfect at It peak Felt I was Watching A film. And like I even Saw Top and his Becky crying This so kool Bravo
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Date: 5/4/2020 10:57:00 PM
Thank you for that nice comment. And thank you for the follow friend. -Richard
Date: 4/29/2020 1:18:00 AM
Hello Richard … a fitting tribute to a great man and his music. Well done Richard - Lindsay
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Date: 4/30/2020 9:38:00 PM
Lindsay, Thank you, he was larger than life for a spell. Left us too soon. -Richard
Date: 4/21/2020 2:08:00 AM
I started grinning like a banshee at the very beginning thinking "Kenny Rogers" the whole time; you never had to mention his name. It was obvious and beautiful!
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Date: 4/30/2020 9:40:00 PM
Caren, Thanks for that. I tried to capture the words that touched me in my life. He had so many of them. -Richard
Date: 4/16/2020 12:30:00 PM
You mention that youth is wasted on the young, and the saying continues and wealth on the old. But do we honestly feel old in our minds, our bodies get frail, death has it's time for all of us, but are we really ready to die (Have you seen the film Joe Black?) Many Icons in the music industry have said their final goodbyes and passed on, but they still live on for us through their music. The rocking chair will be left behind, clever heading Richard -great tribute To Kenny. Blessings, Jennifer.
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Date: 4/30/2020 9:57:00 PM
Hi Jennifer, Thanks for this illuminating comment. I've never seen the movie Meet Joe Black, but the trailer I watched looks good. Kenny will be sorely missed for some time. His music belongs to the ages now. -Richard
Date: 4/10/2020 4:54:00 PM
An excellent tribute to a great singer and songwriter, Richard. A virtual concert in his honour was held 2 days ago on CMT, with money being donated to COVID-19 relief. Regards // paul
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Date: 4/12/2020 11:19:00 AM
Hi Paul, and thank you for telling me about the tribute on CMT. I'm glad for all the silver linings in life. Though wonder on the voice that will fill the void left by the passing of Kenny's, or Glen's, or Johnny's. Happy Easter Paul. -Richard
Date: 4/6/2020 6:30:00 PM
Hope to be at least that old before I do die. Born June 26th, 1941.
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Date: 4/12/2020 11:09:00 AM
Jim, Thank you for that. They say that Youth is wasted on the young anyway. Blessings made.,I'll be reading your Limericks for some time. Happy Easter Jim. -Richard
Date: 4/1/2020 6:16:00 PM
Beautiful tribute to Kenny R...best wishes
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Date: 4/2/2020 11:57:00 AM
Thanks Joseph, best wishes to you too. Stay safe. -Richard Listening to Through the Years "As long as it's okay I'll stay with you Through the years" K.R.
Date: 3/30/2020 11:45:00 PM
What better way to pay tribute to a great singer than to use his lyrics to weave an awesome poem! Janice
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Date: 4/2/2020 11:54:00 AM
Janice, Thanks for the comment. We won't ever know songs that were never sung, now dearly missed. -Richard
Date: 3/24/2020 3:27:00 PM
Kenny R. was a great one, alright. Thanks for such a dramatic tribute! :) gw
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Date: 4/2/2020 11:52:00 AM
Gershon, Thank you for the comments. If the poem is dramatic it's all because of Kenny. They're all his lyrics. -Richard
Date: 3/24/2020 10:07:00 AM
Excellent tribute. Well written. I hope you have a nice day :)
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Date: 4/2/2020 11:50:00 AM
Thank you for this comment Heidi. Did you have a favorite Kenny Rogers song? -Richard
Date: 3/23/2020 10:20:00 PM
Wonderful Tribute to a great artists. His songs will last long in our memories...
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Date: 4/2/2020 11:50:00 AM
Thank you Harry. He will be missed by so many that heard his songs. -Richard
Date: 3/23/2020 3:19:00 AM
This is a wonderful tribute to an entertainer who has given so much happiness to my mate and I and to so many others. I admired him and will miss him so much. I will continue to listen to his songs and pretend he is still here with us. Thank you for this my friend. Stay safe. xxoo
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Date: 3/22/2020 10:19:00 PM
What a beautiful tribute...I had no idea he passed! So sad, I think I even went to one of his concerts decades ago in Vancouver Canada. Thank you, hugs Ingrid
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Date: 3/22/2020 3:50:00 PM
aha, I can catch numerous lines or titles from his songs. It's sad he passed away but he is gone to a much better place than what this world is now becoming. He was quite the legend. Great tribute.
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Date: 3/21/2020 11:27:00 PM
Great tribute to Kenny Rogers legacy . Nicely done, Richard.
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Date: 3/22/2020 12:48:00 PM
Thank you Eve. I hope your Sunday is good to you. Quote: 'If you want people to know what your message is, just sing it.' -Kenny Rogers
Date: 3/21/2020 6:07:00 PM
How sad. I somehow missed the announcement. I enjoyed his music. He used to have a show in Canada when he was with 'The First Edition.' I think I got that right. Enjoyed your poem. Wonderful tribute. Have a great day my friend.
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Date: 3/21/2020 7:34:00 PM
Hi David, Thanks for the comments. I found out today as well. Before going solo, Kenny was a member of First Edition, as you mentioned, & New Christy Minstrels. Happy Spring Saturday, long over due. -Richard
Date: 3/21/2020 2:20:00 PM
You covered a lot of his lyrics, well done Quoth...
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Date: 3/21/2020 7:44:00 PM
Thanks Charlie, It was a hurried job. But I wanted to write something. His music helped many a heart through hard times, including mine. -Richard
Date: 3/21/2020 12:57:00 PM
I saw that he had passed - one of my favorite artists, especially love 'The Gambler' - that image of the empty rocking chair, so poignant..
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Date: 3/21/2020 7:34:00 PM
Michelle, Thanks, I doubt that most fans would characterize Kenny Rogers as 'old'. His music never seemed to grow old (at least not to me). So it comes as a bit of a shock, even through these trying days. -Richard