the gambler

from by The Amber Bugs

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"the gambler" represents our quiter side; While suffering with a badly broken arm I was looking for ways to play the guitar that barely used my picking hand and this song emerged from that. The track incorporates a string quintet who played the parts live in the studio and really add a shine to the song. It was such an honour to play with such a talented bunch of classically trained musicians on this one, to me this song is still a proper alt trio arrangement with the strings representing the imagination of the band overflowing into the record.


I've been a gambler most of my life but I'm not bust yet
and if I double up four or five times I'll be set

it's time that I made a statement, I'm short stacked but not phased.
and I'm big blind and impatient , so I'll raise
raise, raise, raise.

so turn it over
let's see the number
and the colour
and the shape
I need hearts

It came in. how's my luck?
played for. and got.
now it's all on the river, I'll walk on the water
I'm all in it's sink... or swim.

then you told me to roll up my sleeve, I'm not cheating I swear
the cards are just falling for me.. tonight
tonight's my night


from etched in rust, released September 9, 2016
drums/percussion: jon pritchard
bass guitar/hammond: teresa kelly
guitar/vocal: ben kelly
violins: cecily mcmahon, ivano k donazzan
violas: amy jane hosken, marie de bry
cello: etienne pavie
recorded by luke oldfield at toe rag studios, london
mastered by pete maher



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