"Queen Of Spades" as written by Dennis De Young and James V. Young....
Day into night she's with me
How sweet is her warm embrace
Safe in the scent of jasmine
So safe in her gold and lace

Mornings I find, she's left me
So cold so alone, but aware
I try to escape, she finds me
Oh run though I may, she's there, there, there, there, there...

Luck is a lady whose smile is as cold as a stone
She'll bring you things, many things you might never have known
But when your die is cast she'll have the final laugh at you
She'll lock you in a duel, where you come out the fool

Beware of the Queen of Spades
Her black widow's curse might find you yet
Beware of a love that you will regret
Her love means only your death

Day into night she's with me
Turn of a card, she's there
The first time is free, you know
But from now on, pay me, me, me, me, me...

Beware of the Queen of Spades
Her black widow's curse might find you yet
Beware of a love that you will regret
Her love means only your death


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    General CommentIt's about gambling I believe. Great imagery since the Queen of Spades is not your run of the mill poker card-- she's death in both hearts and murder (a poker variation), and of course, a woman, so a lover analogy (enhanced by the "Luck Be a Lady"/Guys and Dolls and black widow spider, which eat their male mates) fits nicely as well.
    The chorus sounds a little like Queen-- do you think it's possible this is a tongue-in-cheek homage to them? The two bands were very similar in ways.
    lapofthegodson April 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyou forgot about the part right before the last chorus where he says "hahahahaha! You lose!"

    definately one of styx's best songs, and the best off of the peices of 8 album.
    Achoryon February 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMost certainly about gambling. Awesome song.
    sconnors95on October 22, 2011   Link
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    General CommentPieces of Eight was my first rock record. Prior to that, I listened to a lot of outlaw country, cuz that's what my dad liked. There was a David Allen Coe song that used to scared me (I was 3 or 4 yrs old), and Queen of Spades was the next song to induce the same fear in me. It was the dramatic power--quite a heavy trip to lay on a toddler! LOL!

    Anyway, I used to take it somewhat literally, almost like a stalker, though I had no concept of such things back then. I imagined, quite literally, a guy in some sort of magical desert or something, who just could not get away from this woman he once loved, but who now wanted to kill him.

    Metaphorically speaking, that's pretty apt for any kind of dependence, including a gambling addiction. It's less of a literal stalker than a feeling, a thrill, a rush, a high, that you simply refuse to see is killing you, until you're halfway to death and enslaved.

    Anyway, I agree--great song, great album, even if I am often a bit biased toward many of my first albums.
    maddpsyintyston October 10, 2014   Link
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    General Comment"The Queen of Spades" refers to Black Tar Heroin.

    In the song, he talks about how it makes him feel when he takes it at night, but in the morning the high is gone, and he hits depression; then he tries to escape the addiction, but he's hooked.

    Then the song goes on to talk about how there's no way to win if you use it.

    "First time is free, from now on pay me" refers to how drug-pushers will give a free sample of addictive drugs, knowing that their victims will be back for more.
    Elocutionon May 16, 2015   Link

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