These tables are haunted
By the ghost of Las Vegas
Their chips were once mountains
But they came here to play
They could take me if they wanted
But I have nothing worth counting
And like the sands of Nevada
They go drifting away

Lady luck's still a mystery
With her head on my shoulder
And I don't know why
I still want her to dance
I guess that's all history
What it is is a I'm older
And I'm still a fool
For a one-way romance

Her dice were red rubies
They rolled and they tumbled
And I never saw time
Running out with my roll
And in the wasteland of cut glass
My dreams were crumbled
And I've paid with whatever
I had left for a soul

Now the dawn's broken even
On a empty horizon
No reason for folding
No reason to stay
It's too soon to be leaving
Too late for criticizing
And the sands of Nevada
They go drifting away


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Sands of Nevada Lyrics as written by Mark Knopfler

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    I can't believe no one's commented on this song yet.

    Quite obviously the story of a life time unsuccessful gambler.

    Beautiful lyrics...sorrowful but beautiful.

    mkonpfon June 24, 2010   Link
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    Awesome song. All the ambiance that Mark creates is in perfect sintony with the idea of the lyrics, which is to show the sadness of a losing gambler. Perfect theme for a gambling movie.

    pedroarmenioon April 05, 2011   Link

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