Lessons in Songcraft from Kenny Rogers

Dedicated to Kenny Rogers

Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

On a warm summer’s evening
On a train bound for nowhere
I met up with a gambler
We were both too tired to sleep

Real artists write and play their own songs.

“She Believes In Me” by Kenny Rogers

While she lays sleeping
I stay out late at night and play my songs

“Coward Of The County” by Kenny Rogers

And I heard him say:
“I promised you, Dad, not to do the things you’ve done
I walk away from trouble when I can
Now please don’t think I’m weak
I didn’t turn the other cheek
And, Papa, I sure hope you understand
Sometimes you gotta fight when you’re a man”
Everyone considered him the coward of the county

“The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers…Bonus! Can you spot the modulation discussed in Lesson 3?

Every gambler knows
That the secret to survivin’
Is knowin’ what to throw away
And knowin’ what to keep
’Cause every hand’s a winner
And every hand’s a loser
And the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep



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