"The Turn of a Friendly Card (Part 1)" as written by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson....
The Turn of a Friendly Card (Part 1)
(Lead vocal - Chris Rainbow)
There are unsmiling faces and bright plastic chains
And a wheel in perpetual motion
And they follow the races and pay out the gains
With no show of outward emotion
And they think it will make their lives easier
For God knows up till now it's been hard
But the game never ends when your whole world depends
On the turn of a friendly card
No the game never ends when your whole world depends
On the turn of a friendly card
There's a sign in the desert that lies to the west
Where you can't tell the night from the sunrise
And not all's the king's horse and all the king's men
Have prevented the fall of the unwise
For they think it will make their lives easier
And God knows it's been hard
But the game never ends when your whole world depends
On the turn of a friendly card
No the game never ends when your whole world depends
On the turn of a friendly card
But a pilgrim must follow in search of a shrine
As he enters inside the cathedral...


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"The Turn of a Friendly Card" as written by Eric Woolfson Alan Parsons

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  • +3
    General CommentI think this song is about gambling addiction. There are obvious allusions to gambling. "a wheel in prepetual motion" could be a roulette wheel. "Thers's a sign in the desert that lies to the west, where you can't tell the night from the sunrise" I think that is directly referring to Vegas.
    The overall impact of the song is that if you depend on gambling, eventually your going to get burned. And "not all the Kings horses and all the King's men" can prevent your demise.
    Anomaly57on March 29, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think in a more general sense this song is about how some people go through their lives unhappy hoping for some good to come their way (a friendly card). Yet waiting for that good thing can always seem forever, drawing out the misery (But the game never ends when your whole world depends). The last two lines tie this together, those who actively seek what will make them happy (pilgrims) will find it even if it takes a bit of searching or strife.

    I'm not really happy with that as a interpretation but I thought a more general view on the themes should be brought up.
    Blarnayon September 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLuck of the draw, and how things can go your way.
    Free windon February 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is indeed about gambling, as is the entire album named after this track.

    With no show of an outward emotion: poker face
    Can't tell the night from the sunrise: Vegas (city that never sleeps)

    It goes on and on.

    One of the Project's top three songs.
    inpraiseoffollyon April 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is indeed about gambling addiction, but it is more subtle then only just reffering to a poker face or Vegas, it also refers to the (lack of) emotions of the addicts.
    the "unsmiling faces" refer to the unseen unhappyness. The "bright plastic chains" refer to fakeness.
    "With no show of outward emotion" also refers to the apathy of gamble addicts.
    The desert also refers to a hostile place. etc.
    It's a great song.

    What do the last two lines refer to? They seem to be some lines for contemplating something.
    "But a pilgrim must follow in search of a shrine
    As he enters inside the cathedral... "
    Jabson November 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThe song has a very Celtic sounding feel. Harpsichord/Flutes add the melody and heightened vocals create a medieval feel to the song. The piano melody/intro is amazing. The song is about Fate. And the anticipation of what luck may bring to us. The turning of a friendly card would be a card welcomed in gambling obviously. Same suit or the last card to complete a straight row of numbers. "With no show of outward emotion" the poker face. "But the game never ends when your whole world depends On the turn of a friendly card" We always hope and wish our life and situation will change for the better.
    theorganizon April 16, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThe pilgrim entering the shrine means clearly how the necessity everybody has of knowing and loving God makes them give a 'religious' meaning to all their worldly experiences.
    Orabidooon January 27, 2015   Link
  • 0
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    tim1021276on June 29, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfacebook.com/AmericanEricPost/videos/698391880330830/ this guy nails this song
    tim1021276on June 29, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI really liked this song from WoP, personally I think it's their best lyrically and musically so far. I think it has a deep meaning behind it. I think the whole song's about a war between the people against the government, and how he's going to survive it. it seems to make sense to me that way, i'm likely wrong but thats just my opinion :P


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