A high roller even when the chips are down
To win her over, I'd seen the tables turn around
She's ten the hard way, I can feel it in my bones
She'll be makin' my day and not another night alone
'Til it's time for a windfall and not a single moment too soon
I've been too long overdue, now I'm gonna shoot the moon

I'd bet it all on a good run of bad luck
Seven come eleven and she could be mine
Luck be a lady, and I'm gonna find love comin' on the bottom line

I've been to the table, and I've lost it all before
I'm willin' and able, always comin' back for more
Squeezin' out a thin dime 'til there's no one hanging on my arm
I've gambled on a third time, a fool will tell you it's a charm
If I'm bettin' on a loser, I'm gonna have a devil to pay
But it's the only game I know to play, it doesn't matter anyway

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A Good Run of Bad Luck Lyrics as written by Hayden Nicholas Clint Patrick Black

Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General Commentgreat gambling song with a hidden meaning, got to love the movie maverick
    harland_wirthon November 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow that's a great song, i don't even like country music that much
    it talks about gambling, duh! it very describtive!
    kamaryaon July 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI guess this song serves as a warning for anybody who wants to take up the vice of gambling for a living. Plus, this was the best song on the Maverick movie soundtrack.
    OpinionHeadon December 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is NOT about heroin. I don't read the bible, but I've read this passage elsewhere, clearly this song has meaning, and is highly symbolic, and everyone who doesn't understand any particular song can say that anything is about drugs or sex.

    This song is about Satan, and his descent to Hell (his "dive" and "holy" diver, as Satan was once an angel). The lyrics deal specifically with Revelations 12:9 where Satan was cast to the earth. The tiger is symbolic of the wild beast that comes out of the sea, as mentioned in Revelations 13:1.

    If you are familiar with ANY of Dio's other pieces, you would find the underlying theme of telling stories and his fascinations with Satan.

    Questions? Comments? Please reply, I love debates!
    ColetteVeeon December 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThese explanation are overly complex. The song is a simple comparison between gambling and entering love relationships. The narrator's description of falling in love is spoken with gambling cliches, instead of simpler lyrics.
    raiderroadtrip00on January 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about craps.
    toortleon November 22, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionYa takes yer chances If ya wanna LIVE GO FOR IT & Luck ta ya.!
    orkbaiton May 04, 2021   Link

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