By Mike Philbrick
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In the world of country music, all you need is a little heartache to inspire a hit.

Your wife left you, your dog died, all your friends just happen to live in low places … whatever.

The life and times of media darling Kenny Rogers are no different. In fact, his heartfelt apology for assaulting a cameraman has done just that.

So while you're at work avoiding your latest PowerPoint presentation, sing along with us to the newest version of the hit song by the original Kenny Rogers.

THE 'NEW' GAMBLER
On a warm summer's evenin', in the Rangers clubhouse,
Everyone listened to Kenny, as he began to speak.
He said against the advice, of my legal counsel,
I'm here to tell you, that what I did was weak.

He said, guys I've made a livin' out of throwin' balls and strikes
Seriously, go ahead and Google it, I've been around here for years
And I know what I did, was totaly uncalled for
Basically what I'm saying, is it's a contract year.

So K-Rog continued to say, that he was really sorry,
And then for kicks, he pretended to almost cry
You could see he wasn't thinkin', about how he let the team down
But all the zeroes on the check, for those two camera guys.

You got to know when to put up, know when to shut up
Know when to walk away, know when to run
You never talk 'bout contracts when your team is 8 games out
They'll be time enough in August, when your season's done.

Now every veteran knows that the secret to survivin'
Is makin' your owner think, that you'd play for free
But if that that moron Hicks, could give A-Rod $250 million
Seriously, I'm I lefty, why can't he give ten to me?

So when he'd finished speakin', he said I know you're all real busy
If you think I'm takin' questions, you're as dumb as me.
And somewhere in Boston, Matt Clement will just keep waitin'
Until Kenny has the guts to say Detroit's just not for me.

You got to know when to put up, know when to shut up
Know when to walk away, know when to run
You never talk 'bout contracts when your team is 8 games out
They'll be time enough in August, when your season's done.

You got to know when to put up, know when to shut up
Know when to walk away, know when to run
You never talk 'bout contracts when your team is 8 games out
They'll be time enough in August, when your season's done.

Mike Philbrick is an editor for Page 2.




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