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Ace of Spades
Motörhead Lyrics


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If you like to gamble
I tell you, I'm your man
You win some, lose some
It's all the same to me

The pleasure is to play
Makes no difference what you say
I don't share your greed
The only card I need
Is the Ace of Spades
The Ace of Spades

Playing for the high one
Dancing with the devil
Going with the flow
It's all a game to me

Seven or eleven
Snake eyes watching you
Double up or quit
Double stake or split
The Ace of Spades
The Ace of Spades

You know I'm born to lose
And gambling's for fools
But that's the way I like it, baby
I don't want to live forever
And don't forget the joker

Pushing up the ante
I know you got to see me
Read 'em and weep
The dead man's hand again

I see it in your eyes
Take one look and die
The only thing you see
You know it's gonna be
The Ace of Spades
The Ace of Spades, uh

Overall Meaning

"Ace of Spades" by Motörhead is a classic heavy metal track that has resonated with audiences around the world for decades. The song begins with the warning to those who like to gamble that if they are looking for someone to go up against, the singer is their man. The next line states that winning and losing is ultimately all the same to him. The pleasure, the singer adds, is in the act of playing itself, and that he is not interested in the money that might be at stake. The only card that interests him is the Ace of Spades.


The chorus of the song emphasizes the thrill of playing high stakes games, regardless of the possible consequences. Snake eyes watching you, double up or quit, double stake or split all serve as examples of the kind of high-stress scenarios the song's protagonist finds himself in on a regular basis. The powerful guitar riffs and pounding drums add to the sense of adrenaline-charged excitement. The song's titular Ace of Spades serves as a metaphor for both the highest possible reward and the highest possible risk inherent in these dangerous games.


Line by Line Meaning

If you like to gamble
If you enjoy risky actions


I tell you, I'm your man
I can be your partner in those risky actions


You win some, lose some
Sometimes you succeed, sometimes you fail


It's all the same to me
It doesn't matter to me either way


The pleasure is to play
The enjoyment comes from participating


Makes no difference what you say
Your opinion doesn't matter


I don't share your greed
I'm not interested in obtaining wealth like you are


The only card I need
I only need one card to win


Is the Ace of Spades
That card is the Ace of Spades


The Ace of Spades
That card is the Ace of Spades


Playing for the high one
We are aiming for a large reward


Dancing with the devil
We are taking a risk that could lead to negative consequences


Going with the flow
We are following the direction of the events


It's all a game to me
This is all just for fun and excitement


Seven or eleven
We are playing with dice, aiming to either get a seven or an eleven


Snake eyes watching you
If we get two ones, often referred to as 'snake eyes', then we will lose


Double up or quit
We have the option to double our bet or quit the game


Double stake or split
We have the option to put double the amount of money on our bet, or split our hand into two separate games


The Ace of Spades
That card is the Ace of Spades


The Ace of Spades
That card is the Ace of Spades


You know I'm born to lose
I am naturally unsuccessful


And gambling's for fools
Gambling is a foolish activity


But that's the way I like it, baby
However, I find it enjoyable and exciting


I don't want to live forever
I am not afraid to take risks that could result in my demise


And don't forget the joker
Also, don't forget about the wild card


Pushing up the ante
Increasing the amount of money bet


I know you got to see me
I know that you are required to match my bet


Read 'em and weep
Look at my cards and realize that you have lost


The dead man's hand again
I have the same hand that Wild Bill Hickok was holding when he was killed


I see it in your eyes
I can tell that you are intimidated


Take one look and die
If you look at my hand, you will know you have lost


The only thing you see
The only thing you will be looking at is


You know it's gonna be
You know that it will be


The Ace of Spades
That card is the Ace of Spades


The Ace of Spades, uh
That card is the Ace of Spades




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Philip John Taylor, Edward Alan Clarke, Ian Kilmister

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@lucip4011

If you like to gamble
I tell you, I'm your man
You win some, lose some
It's all the same to me
The pleasure is to play
Makes no difference what you say
I don't share your greed
The only card I need
Is the Ace of Spades
The Ace of Spades
Playing for the high one
Dancing with the devil
Going with the flow
It's all a game to me
Seven or eleven
Snake eyes watching you
Double up or quit
Double stake or split
The Ace of Spades
The Ace of Spades
You know I'm born to lose
And gambling's for fools
But that's the way I like it, baby
I don't want to live forever
And don't forget the joker
Pushing up the ante
I know you got to see me
Read 'em and weep
The dead man's hand again
I see it in your eyes
Take one look and die
The only thing you see
You know it's gonna be
The Ace of Spades
The Ace of Spades, uh



@0527jose

Lyrics:
If you like to gamble
I tell you, I'm your man
You win some, lose some
It's all the same to me
The pleasure is to play
Makes no difference what you say
I don't share your greed
The only card I need
Is the Ace of Spades
The Ace of Spades
Playing for the high one
Dancing with the devil
Going with the flow
It's all a game to me
Seven or eleven
Snake eyes watching you
Double up or quit
Double stake or split
The Ace of Spades
The Ace of Spades
You know I'm born to lose
And gambling's for fools
But that's the way I like it, baby
I don't want to live forever
And don't forget the joker
Pushing up the ante
I know you got to see me
Read 'em and weep
The dead man's hand again
I see it in your eyes
Take one look and die
The only thing you see
You know it's gonna be
The Ace of Spades
The Ace of Spades, uh



@organickevinlondon

it's in my "top 3 Rock songs of all time"
along with Deep Purple, Smoke on the Water,
and the Cult, She Sells Sanctuary,
ALL 3 of them, have instantly recognisable, unique, guitar intros.

(I originate from Staffordshire, the home of Motorhead
and when I created, the MOST ECO FRIENDLY, HARDCORE, EARTHY,
organic produce, home delivery company in London, back in 2003,
my company's carefully thought out logo was "the Ace of Spades",
my "company??" consisted of just 2 people,
me, someone that had risked their life TWICE to successfully save 2 peoples lives,
and suffers from DOUBLE P.T.S.D, because of THAT
and spent time in prison as an innocent person,
and my best mate Robin a fully qualified Aerobatics pilot,
who spent many years wrongfully banged up in Mental Hospitals,
when I showed Robin, the "Ace of Spades" company logo,
he just said to me "THAT is FUCKING AWESOME"
fully understanding the link between organic farmers,
the phrase "Ace of Spades", Motorhead's EARTHYNESS,
my companies no nonsense Eco friendliness and my Staffordshire heritage,
I'm sure that Lemmy, Fast Eddie and Filthy Animal Taylor,
would have approved of THAT logo too).



All comments from YouTube:

@mayrebap

Lemmys' voice sounds like a pack of cigarettes & a bottle of Jack Daniels suddenly started talking

@davidhardin6649

😂😂

@amirfaisal3329

What about heroine?

@sarahwagneryost

Amir faisal that too

@jeim5480

A pack Marlboro reds actually

@joyjr91_

@@amirfaisal3329 Nah man Lemmy wasn’t into downers, he preferred the adrenaline kinds such as speed/meth. You can literally make it out by listening to the kind of music they made.

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@dzakwan_137

Anybody in 2024?
Thank for those thumbs (edited)

@user-zm3wm1ff6e

I was just about to do this. Still a banger!

@Monsoonpain

Yo !

@russellolenick5642

Yep! Motorhead never gets old. I was feeling drowsy today

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