Love Is a Losing Game
Amy Winehouse Lyrics


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For you, I was a flame
Love is a losing game
Five story fire as you came
Love is a losing game

One I wished, I never played
Oh, what a mess we made
And now the final frame
Love is a losing game

Played out by the band
Love is a losing hand
More than I could stand
Love is a losing hand

Self-professed, profound
'Til the chips were down
Know you're a gambling man
Love is a losing hand

Though I battle blind
Love is a fate resigned
Memories mar my mind
Love, it is a fate resigned

Over futile odds
And laughed at by the gods




And now the final frame
Love is a losing game

Overall Meaning

In Amy Winehouse's song "Love Is a Losing Game," the lyrics talk about the agony and pain of love, highlighting the repetitive failure and defeat associated with it. From the first verse, "For you, I was a flame, love is a losing game," the song portrays love as something that causes destruction instead of fueling passion. The second verse goes on to detail the negative impact love has had on the singer’s life. It highlights that once she had wished to avoid it and now feels foolish for having embraced it as it has led to a mess. At every corner, nothing but loss is associated with love. In the third verse, the song speaks of the consequences of playing this game. It mentions the experience of being laughed and ridiculed by the gods, reiterating that one can never win this losing game.


Line by Line Meaning

For you, I was a flame
I burned bright and intense for you


Love is a losing game
Romantic love is a risk that often ends in heartbreak


Five story fire as you came
My passion for you was as high as a five-story building


One I wished, I never played
I regret getting involved in this romantic relationship


Oh, what a mess we made
Our relationship was chaotic and dysfunctional


And now the final frame
Our doomed relationship has come to an end


Played out by the band
Our relationship has played out to its inevitable conclusion like a sad song played by a band


Love is a losing hand
Romantic love is a risky bet that often leads to disappointment


More than I could stand
The pain of a failed relationship was too much for me to bear


Self-professed, profound
I thought myself wise and insightful when it came to love


'Til the chips were down
I believed this until I was faced with the harsh reality of a failed relationship


Know you're a gambling man
You take risks in love, even though the odds are often not in your favor


Love is a losing hand
Romantic love is a risky bet that often leads to disappointment


Though I battle blind
Even though I was unaware of the risks, I still took a chance on love


Love is a fate resigned
Romantic love, for all its charms, often ends in heartbreak and pain


Memories mar my mind
I am haunted by the memories of our failed relationship


Love, it is a fate resigned
Romantic love often ends in failure, no matter how hard we try to make it work


Over futile odds
Even though the odds of success were stacked against us


And laughed at by the gods
Our relationship was a joke to fate or the divine


And now the final frame
Our doomed relationship has come to an end




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Written by: Amy Winehouse

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@Cinrellaeyes2512

For you, I was a flame
Love is a losing game
Five story fire as you came
Love is a losing game
One I wished I never played
Oh, what a mess we made
And now, the final frame
Love is a losing game
Played out by the band
Love is a losing hand
More than I could stand
Love is a losing hand
Self-professed, profound
'Til the chips were down
Know you're a gambling man
Love is a losing hand
Though I battle blind
Love is a fate resigned
Memories mar my mind
Love is a fate resigned
Over futile odds
And laughed at by the gods
And now, the final frame
Love is a losing game



All comments from YouTube:

@charlottebutson9643

She was so young and fell in love with someone who just destroyed her. She didn’t want fame, she just wanted to sing

@davidbalanchivadze7729

the same as WH

@kaceygiggler8476

Potato Buddy and find real love ❤️

@carltonbanks6025

She was such a rare talent, at least she shared her gift before she left this world. I honestly think shes in a better place, she went through so much torment and depression while she was here, now her soul is at rest and her talent will live on.

@shininglightjoi6627

The same for George Michael! !!😢😢😢😢

@mitchvalentine4652

He didn't make her do anything she didn't want to do sad but true

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@itsseven3315

I saw her say in an interview that her grandmother told her love is a losing game for women in their family. And unfortunately that struck true, she was surrounded by men (father and boyfriend) that used her amazing talent and took advantage when they knew she needed help. This song always brings me to tears. I hope she realized how loved she truly was before she left us. RIP to the most soulful and beautiful artist of my generation.

@mikegallagher3700

Wow thats awesome the way you said that totally agree with you xxxx

@cecilehouston9484

Her most beautiful song ever written and sang.

@cecilehouston9484

Me too

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