"Winning" as written by and Russell Glyn Ballard....
One day I was on the ground
When I needed a hand
Then it couldn't be found
I was so far down that I couldn't get up
You know and one day I was one of life's losers
Even my friends were my accusers
In my head I lost before I begun

I had a dream but it turned to dust
And what I thought was love
That must have been lust
I was living in style
When the walls fell in
And when I played my hand
I looked like a joker
Turn around fate must have woke her
'Cause lady luck she was waiting outside the door

I'm winning
I'm winning
I'm winning
I'm winning
I'm winning
And I don't intend losing again

Too bad it belonged to me
It was the wrong time and not meant to be
It took a long time and I'm new born now
I can see the day that I bleed for
If it's agreed that there's a need
To play the game and to win again

I'm winning
I'm winning
I'm winning
I'm winning
I'm winning
And I don't intend losing again

I had a dream but it turned to dust
And what I thought was love
That must have been lust
I was living in style
When the walls fell in
And when I played my hand
I looked like a joker
Turn around fate must have woke her
'Cause lady luck she was waiting outside the door

I'm winning
I'm winning
I'm winning
I'm winning
I'm winning
And I don't intend losing again


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"Winning" as written by Russell Glyn Ballard

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    General CommentI like this song. Not usual Santana but it's catchy and I like what the songs about. Finding happiness in your life even though you've been through some hard times(love life, friends, etc). Found a girl, "Lady luck" who seems to treat him good and he's winning in his new perspective of life.
    bearfan34on December 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAmazed there aren't more comments on this one. Beautiful song about having bad things happen to you but yet overcoming it all with a sense of well-being and a sense that you are in some way blessed just to be alive. Has spiritual / Christian overtones even. Love this tune.
    LaBradford22on May 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree...A beautiful song about what life is really about...over-coming and realizing that life is simply a roller coaster ride and with all the fear and aapprehension one feels before the ride, when it is all overand done, it's like "Let's do that again!!!!" Great song!!!!!!
    pappychksixon December 21, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI like this tune a lot. I heard it on the radio a lot as a kid, but never knew which artists performed it. As I began to search for it on the internet & Santana came up, I figured it was a mistake. There was no way in my mind mind that this was a Santana song. Needless to say, I was wrong.

    I like the simplicity of the song. It's pretty mainstream/poppy for Santana, but they have produced some amazing and widely varying music over the years, so this one does not count against them.

    As far as interpretation goes, I agree with the previous comments. It seems to be about someone who had been going through a very tough time in life, and it really had an impact on his self-esteem. When he meets someone new, it changes his whole perspective.

    A part of me feels that this song is incomplete, insomuch that it needs another verse in order to conclude the story, or at least fill in some gaps. At the same time, part of the song's appeal that it doesn't really say much. Instead, it leaves the listener to to think the song through, and come away with his/her own interpretation.
    Epiphany2000on September 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI take it this song has nothing to do with Charlie Sheen whatsoever. Although I wouldn't be surprised if some do see a connection. Still, I think it's a great song and one of Santana's overlooked hits IMHO.
    jrs2dukefanon March 08, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionGreat song to wake up to everyday or start a workout everytime. Since everyone has life challenges my belief is everything starts with a thought and your mind controls your behaviors, beliefs and actions. This song starts slow, ramps up and stays positive about getting knocked down and getting up stronger, better...EVERYTIME.
    @thesalesdr
    stites34on May 01, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationThe give away in this song is the words "I'm new born now" which could mean born again christian. I say this because I can relate, when we try and do this our way and push God away, we start to live by the sword whether we like it or not, we live by our own way, but as we grow and sometimes find out, in this crazy world we can not do it by ourselves, we feel lost and empty and like losers and as much as we think we can create our own destiny, in the end we create our own chaos through our own wants, lusts and desires, We live this for a while until we see our lives self destructing before our very eyes and feel alone, lost, empty wanting to die looking for answers, only then do we cry out for help and use the God and like lady luck ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find. We then realize we can not make it through this life on our own without the one who knows us better than we know ourselves, then we discover the word and it starts to grow inside of us and heals us from within, we feel like we are winning and healing, and never want to return to what we were before.
    Unshackledon June 05, 2013   Link

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