Tunes To Take A Gamble On

Music and betting has a life long relationship. Some of the most classic of jams play out in front of a blackjack or poker table. The similarities are endless and with the use of metaphor and hyperbole, writing the next great song seems as difficult as hitting on the best pair of numbered dice. Whether you are a struggling songwriter, or a humble player on, the perfect soundtrack is a must, but you’re too busy crafting the next great tune or picking this week’s winning teams. Don’t fret. We’re here to help. Below are some of the most classic games to get you stimulated creatively and economically. Enjoy!

Kenny Rogers – “The Gambler”

Kenny Rogers. An Epic card game. Shall we say any more? This is the classic gambling grit needed for big wins, combined with some of the most underrated storytelling in music history. The result is a classic that transcends genre.

The Rolling Stones – “Tumbling Dice”

You cannot get better than the cocky swagger of a Mick Jagger tune. Combine this with the dead on guitar work of Keith and the instrumentation of the rest of this classic act, and you have a timeless classic. Mick was said to have come up with this tune while being explained the rules of craps. What can be lost is the beauty in which the lyrics relate to both life and gaming. This jam will never get old.

Juice Newton – “Queen of Hearts”
Is there a more known gaming tune? Written by pedal steel guitarist Hank DeVito, “Queen of Hearts” was most famous for its inclusion on the 1981 country rock album Juice by Juice Newton. A breakout track for Juice, who had been releasing solo material for several years without much acclaim, “Queen of Hearts” combined card game references with irresistibly catch Fleetwood-esque country pop riffs; “Playing with the queen of hearts/Knowin’ it ain’t really smart/The joker ain’t the only fool/Who’ll do anything for you”


* This piece is strictly an editorial and does not necessarily express the views of ETTG staff. We like Kenny Rogers, don’t get us wrong, but we are only trying to be transparent. 

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