You always won everytime you placed a bet
You're still damn good
No one's gotten to you yet
Everytime they were sure they had you caught
You were quicker than they thought
You'd just turn your back and walk

You always said
The cards would never do you wrong
The trick you said
Was never play the game too long
A gambler's share
The only risk that you would take
The only loss you could forsake
The only bluff you couldn't fake

And you're still the same
I caught up with you yesterday
Moving game to game
No one standing in your way
Turning on the charm
Long enough to get you by
You're still the same
You still aim high

There you stood
Everybody watched you play
I just turned and walked away
I had nothing left to say
'Cause you're still the same
You're still the same
Moving game to game
Some things never change
You're still the same


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  • +2
    General CommentUnderstanding, not appreciation, was my goal.

    On a superficial level, yes, this song is about the "casino-style" gambling of a friend. Just as on a superficial level, "Against the Wind" is about running.

    After some mild digging, we realize this song is about the friend himself. The singer sounds like he's praising the friend.

    But if we dig further into the words chosen, if we look harder at the tonal changes in context, it's all but clear that the singer's praise is satirical and pitying.

    Bob Seger doesn't deliver a single wasted word in this song. "Still The Same" is ambiguous only to the extent that it is too rich for -everyone- to take the time to break it apart. People are free to enjoy "Still The Same" at whatever level they choose. When I was younger, I just enjoyed the simple combination of piano & drums.

    The purpose of this site, however, is to analyze each song and to develop its -full- meaning. A visitor to this site implicitly accepts that his song interpretation may be only part of that full meaning.

    If you want to add to that full meaning by imparting how the song affects you, I'm not stopping you. Part of any song's meaning is the subjective reaction of each listener. Your subjective meaning is not wrong.

    Nevertheless, A song's inherent meaning is only that which can be derived from the music itself. The inherent meaning will explain every single word and tone of the song. The "song is about gambling" interpretation doesn't explain the character exposition. The "comfort" interpretation doesn't explain the odd "still aim high" tonal change, or why the friend walked away.

    The song's -inherent- meaning extends to a certain point and then stops. The point at which that inherent meaning stops may be short of a visitor's subjective meaning, or may go beyond the visitor's subjective meaning.

    Here, the song's inherent extends past gambling. It extends past praise or comfort. It extends past those areas into the realm of satire, pity, and resignation--and then stops.

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    Nowadays, when I hear this song, I think of an old girlfriend of mine. But that's my subjective meaning that I -add- to the song. It's not what the song really means, it's just what it means to me.

    It's inherent meaning is, pardon the pun, still the same.
    Krugkopfon October 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentpersonally i think it's about an ex girlfriend and she gambles her love. She's a player or she's too afraid to get close or both.


    You always won everytime you placed a bet
    You're still damn good
    No one's gotten to you yet
    Everytime they were sure they had you caught
    You were quicker than they thought
    You'd just turn your back and walk

    ---Pretty much every time she wanted someone she could get them. If they wanted her she would just walk away so she didn't get attached.---



    You always said
    The cards would never do you wrong
    The trick you said
    Was never play the game too long
    A gambler's share
    The only risk that you would take
    The only loss you could forsake
    The only bluff you couldn't fake

    --- Playing the field *cards* was perfect bec she'd never have to settle down.
    The trick was to never stay with someone too long *never play the game too long*
    and she wouldnt take the risk to stay with someone or fall in love.
    and i think maybe she fell in love with him... and wouldn't admit it (lied to herself and him)

    And you're still the same
    I caught up with you yesterday
    Moving game to game
    No one standing in your way
    Turning on the charm
    Long enough to get you by
    You're still the same
    You still aim high


    ---she's still looking for the perfect guy *still aim high* and she moves from man to man *game to game* turning on the charm. She leaves before she gets too attached and stays long enough for her to get something out of it *long enough to get you by*

    There you stood
    Everybody watched you play
    I just turned and walked away
    I had nothing left to say
    'Cause you're still the same
    You're still the same
    Moving game to game
    Some things never change
    You're still the same
    ---all her friends watched her go from man to man. He couldn't stand it anymore so he *walked away* and he's given up on her because she's still the same... She's still a player... and he doesn't think she'll ever change. He's given up on her
    saabioon October 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a very underrated and beautiful song from Bob Seger.

    I think this is a little story about the narrator catching up with an old friend of his. He's using poker as a metaphor for his friends' life. Back in the day, he was pretty cool and a lucky dude. I somewhat take this as his friend's luck with the ladies. 'The trick you said is to never play the game too long' maybe means he goes from girl to girl. He had his own way of doing things, and the narrator could've quite possibly idolized him. Now several years later, he ends up catching up to this old friend of his. The narrator has grown up and matured quite a bit. he's changed his ways and he sees his friend, who has still remained the same. This also somewhat makes the narrator sad, because the friend of his is still living his so-called charmed life. And all that the narrator could do was walk away, cuz nothing was left to say to him.

    The tone of the song seems to be a sad tone, like feeling sorry for the guy....

    But that's what I get out of it
    Flutter49on November 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIn the liner notes of his Greatest Hits album in 1994 Bob wrote: “People have asked me for years who it’s about, It’s an amalgamation of characters I met when I first went to Hollywood. All ‘Type A’ personalities: overachieving, driven.”

    That talk was because he has since made up with the real subject of this song, who is none other than his long time friend Glenn Frey of The Eagles, a well known gambler and womanizer.
    Heyckieon May 02, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song has such a soulful, wistful potency that it is hard to believe that it can be about anything less than an ex-lover, whom the singer is addressing. Maybe she was someone that he loved from the safe distance of "friendship," as he watched her play the field. That's always sure to get you singing the blues. LOL!

    Great songs can rarely be understood by looking at the lyrics in isolation from the music. This piece is a great example - the music creates the tone for the lyrics. The lyrics on their own might be said by someone who is resentful, or just laughing at someone who is a fool. But the music is so very sad that the lyrics take on a sense of wistfulness, and unresolved feelings of what must be love.
    PaulSouthon June 25, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat if it's about a girl, who a guy liked. She always played "the game" aiming high with other guys. And this guy always liked her, but always had to walk away knowing she was "Still the same." No matter how much time had passed, even though he saw through it the whole time.
    ctine2020on March 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOnly two comments in the nearly five years this wonderful song has been on this site? I'm disappointed. I think this song can be interpreted in different ways, but the main idea is that after all these years, the person is still living a life of doing stupid things and he/she thinks it's such a great time, but really it's just dumb and immature. The narrator is above this person and thinks it's a sad life this person has made for himself/herself.
    sweetbaby17on February 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is absolutely terriffic. the lady backup singers are what make this song so great for me, truthfully.

    time can change you but you can't change time, which apparently does not apply in the case of the character in this song.
    Really Lovelyon June 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt almost has a sad but you deserved it feel too it. That may just be how i take it cause it reminds me of one of my old buddies. Like sort of a looking down for shallow pursuit of thrills and sex(represented by the cards and women). Or it could literally be a bout a friend of his being a gambler.
    darkwolf112on August 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI believe that this song is about two old friends meeting up, after a very long time of not seeing eachother. I get the feeling that they have growin apart over the years. And when he sees this person that he realizes that he is still the same. The line your still damn good no ones gotten to you yet implies that he is still very good at that the does A gambler's share
    The only risk that you would take
    The only loss you could forsake
    The only bluff you couldn't fake
    I belive this is talking about not quiting putting his life on a gamble. I think its not exactly talking about cards but just stupid desions and living a crazy life. I just turned and walked away there was nothing left to say. I dont think this implies leaving his friend just knowing that nothing he says is going to change how he lives and has given up lecturing. We have all had those friends that yo still love to death but no matter what you say you cant do an ything for them right
    Plasticjesus690on May 22, 2007   Link

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