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Kenny Rogers: His Top Five All-Time Best Lyrics

One of the best-selling artists of all time, Kenny Rogers encompassed many music genres with over 120 hit singles. His death on March 20, 2020 sadden millions of worldwide fans and in some ways, marked the beginning of the summer of pandemic.

In the U.S., he charted country, pop, and contemporary charts more than 200 separate weeks. Worldwide, he sold more than 110 million records over a span of seven decades.

The recipient of numerous awards, Rogers had been honored with Grammys, Amercian Music Association, Association of Country Music, and Country Music Association accolades.

He was voted the “Favorite All-Time Singer of 1986.” In 2013, Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association.

Rogers evolved with the music of his times, beginning with a rockabilly group dubbed The Scholars, progressing through stints with The Bobby Doyle Three, The New Christy Minstrels, The First Edition, all before he became a solo artist with mega-hits like “Lucille,” “Lady,” “Love Lifted Me,” “Coward of the County,” and “The Gambler.”

He teamed up with Dottie West and Dolly Parton for such hits as “Every Time Two Fools Collide,”  “Anyone Who Isn’t Me Tonight,” “What Are We Doin’ in Love,” “All I Ever Need Is You,” and “Islands in the Stream.”

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Following are the top five all-time best lyrics from Kenny Rogers:

5. ‘DECORATED MY LIFE’

Like a rhyme with no reason in an unfinished song
There was no harmony life meant nothin’ to me, until you came along
And you brought out the colors, what a gentle surprise
Now I’m able to see all the things life can be shinin’ soft in your eyes

And you decorated my life, created a world where dreams are a part
And you decorated my life by paintin’ your love all over my heart

4. ‘SHE BELIEVES IN ME’

And she believes in me, I’ll never know just what she sees in me
I told her someday if she was my girl, I could change the world
With my little songs, I was wrong
But she has faith in me, and so I go on trying faithfully
And who knows maybe on some special night, if my song is right
I will find a way, while she waits… while she waits for me!


3. ‘COWARD OF THE COUNTY’

“I promised you, Dad, not to do the things you 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.”


2. LUCILLE

You picked a fine time to leave me,Lucille
With four hungry children and a crop in the field.
I’ve had some bad times,
I’ve lived through some sad times,
But this time the hurtin’ won’t heal.
You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille.



1. ‘THE GAMBLER’

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away, know when to run.
You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table.
There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.



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