Dolly Parton

Gamble Either Way

Song Information
By: Dolly Parton
Original Appearance: Burlap And Satin
Compilations: None
Alternate Versions: None

Being born was the worse and the first mistake I ever made
The doctor didnít spank me, he just slapped me in the face
And the cup of love was always quenching someone else's thirst
Leaving me to swallow the bitter taste of hurt
'Cause I was raised an orphan
Never wanted as a kid until the year I turned 13
Then everybody did, strangers pass me back and forth
Men just took me as they pleased
And others had a Cinderella slave to cook and clean and weep


Though the deck is stacked against you
Win or lose, you have to play
The hand a life has dealt you
And Itís a gamble either way

On a dust road at 15 in a yellow cotton dress
With the desert sun like an angry dragon breathing down my neck
And the dry cracked plains would make me think of a prehistoric time
Or should I fear what lay before me less than what I'd left behind
A 15 year old girl donít have no trouble hitching rides
But sometimes when you're riding free
Youíll pay the highest price
On back roads and in back seats
And in a cheap highway motel
But whatís a few more strangers in a life of nothing else

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16 caught me crying, underneath the scarlet light
On the door steps of a stranger on a cold and rainy night
When I walked into the parlour here
Other pieces seemed to fit
I was good at pleasing strangers
So I made the most of it

Either way itís all a gamble
So view the stakes and know the odds
And lay your cards upon the table
Do all the dealing from the top

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