"Games People Play" as written by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson....
Where do we go from here now that all other children are growin' up
And how do we spend our lives if there's no-one to lend us a hand

I don't want to live here no more,
I don't want to stay
Ain't gonna spend the rest of my life,
Quietly fading away

Games people play,
You take take it or you leave it
Things that they say,
Honor Brite
If I promise you the Moon and the Stars,
Would you believe it
Games people play in the middle of the night

Where do we go from here now that all of the children have grown up
And how do we spend our time knowin' nobody gives us a damn

I don't want to live here no more,
I don't want to stay
Ain't gonna spend the rest of my life,
Quietly fading away

Games people play,
You take take it or you leave it
Things that they say,
Just don't make it right
If I'm tellin' you the truth right now,
Do you believe it
Games people play in the middle of the night

Games people play,
You take take it or you leave it
Things that they say,
Honor Brite
If I promise you the Moon and the Stars,
Would you believe it
Games people play in the middle of the night

Games people play,
You take take it or you leave it
Things that they say,
Just don't make it right
If I'm tellin' you the truth right now,
Do you believe it
Games people play in the middle of the night


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"Games People Play" as written by Eric Woolfson Alan Parsons

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  • +3
    General CommentSince "The Turn of a Friendly Card" is a concept album dealing with gambling, this song isn't about any relationship.
    It's about why people begin to gamble.
    Everybody else has grown up and you still haven't achieved anything because you always wait for destiny to solve problems for you.
    Ihlenamon August 20, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSeems like they're just realising their eventual mortality to me, don't know what left to do with life, feel like they've done everything.
    mickal555on December 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's more about a couple that has lost the feelings towards each other a long time ago, but kept together for their childs sake.

    Now that they've grown up, and maybe even left home they wonder what to do now. They have been left to themselves, the kids won't even call them (how do we spend our lives knowin' nobody gives us a damn)

    Should they try to revive the long lost sparks? But how could they, if they've come to know each other so well, so they can't even lie about it (If I promise you the Moon and the Stars, Would you believe it?).

    The only thing that's clear is that he's not willing to Quietly fade away, so he want's to leave.

    Don't think he'll do it, dough. Inertia is a powerful state.
    Prometeoon August 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea. the people dont want to live just because kids are growing up?

    that's ridiculous.
    impaKton September 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsounds like the above to me -
    but in relation to me the games people play, that people don't know about - 2 faces
    waddingtonphilipon January 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics never indicate whose children.
    Where do we go from here now that (all other) (all of the) children...
    It may be a couple that never had children. Now that they are reaching their twilight years they are filled with sadness that (there's no one to lend us a hand) (nobody gives a damn).
    A lonely death is surely a sad one.

    (Ain't gonna spend the rest of my life, Quietly fading away) Could it be related to "do not go gentle into that good night"?

    Not sure how all this relates to (Games people play) or (Honor Brite).
    BoyRDeeon February 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA couple in their mature age 40s 50s? talking about their life in the middle of the night... maybe just one side of the couple imagining a dialog with the other half? definitely about children growing up and what is the meaning of the rest of our lives
    Someone said about how ridiculous would be people losing their will to live because the children grow up... I believe that's just the final part of the game... at some point in our lives we have lived and done -and not done- and seen and believed and found and lost, and learned and... and... that, in the end, only thing worth living for are our children
    geomatrixon June 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'I don't wanna live here no more" without the double negative. Always liked this song for it captures a side of human nature.
    MaryMaryQuiteContraryon October 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like to think this song is about an artistic couple who moved out to the suburbs 20 years ago
    to raise their children. When the youngest one graduates from High School the husband immediately realizes they are out in a big lonely house with each other-having lost each other long ago while being tied up in soccer games, school activities, potluck dinners...maybe even a country club.

    He is asking the wife what they should do as he'd like to move to a small townhome in the city and feel creative and flourish, realize his dreams, now that all of the children are grown up. The wife, on the other hand, enjoys the suburban life, her bridge games with the other wives (that go late into the middle of the night because the housewives get real drunk and gossip about each other)

    The husband feels that if he stays in the deadly boring burbs, he will fade away and perhaps die faster than if he had an active life in a more stimulating environment. So he doesn't wanna stay there no more..

    But in fact, neither of them really know what they want to do with themselves
    now that all of the children have grown up................................................
    and gone away.......and don't help them...and don't think about them......sad....
    allisonkendallon May 22, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe album is about a man who goes off to gamble it all. This song sounds like his break from his family....his realization that now the children are gone, he doesn't see any future. So off he goes to gamble...and ultimately loses it all.
    paulbarkon November 10, 2013   Link

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