"Still The Same" as written by and Bob Seger....
You always won every time you placed a bet
You're still damn good, no one's gotten to you yet
Every time 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 (still the same, still the same)
Moving game to game
No one standing in your way
Turning on the charm
Long enough to get you by (still the same, still the same)
You're still the same
You still aim high

(Still the same, still the same)
(Still the same, still the same)
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 (still the same, baby, baby, still the same)
You're still the same (still the same, baby, baby, still the same)
Moving game to game (still the same, baby, baby, still the same)
Some things never change (still the same, baby, baby, still the same)
Oh, you're still the same (still the same, baby, baby, still the same)
Still the same (still the same, baby, baby, still the same)


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"Still the Same" as written by Bob Seger

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  • +8
    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
  • +3
    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.

    -------------------------------

    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
  • +3
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    General CommentJust heard this song on my way home, and realized why I must've always thought he was speaking of a woman. The chorus (not shown above) has the line, "Baby, babe you're sill the same". I doubt he would be saying that to a buddy =)
    4Lanieon March 05, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationFor me definitely about a woman, although carefully worded to avoid gender, and not about literal gambling and cards but about the deck life gives you and the gambles we have to take in life. It's about someone who keeps everyone at a distance. He can see the sadness of this and has tried to make this person see it but has said it all before and has nothing else to say. It's sad and he doesn't want to watch what this person is doing.
    Had2commenton February 09, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis songs seems to be about a man who runs into an old girlfriend, someone he loved very much. But she wasn't ready to settle down and it seems will never be. He talks about catching up with her and realizing she'll never change. He still has feelings for her, but she hurt him and he keeps telling himself she'll always play the field.
    sowaltongrrlon September 17, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have a completely different view of this song. Someone here said that is the beauty of music, 2 people can hear the same song and come away with different meanings. I agree.

    I grew up in Detroit, and as a result I love Seger's music. I see this song as a reflection of what my own life experience has been. I grew up with a bunch of kids who were groomed to be engineers and go to college. I fit with them, I have a 152 IQ, I am no dummy. However, I never wanted that path. I have always wanted to chart my own course. Generally if it was 'what you were suposed to do' I didn't want to.

    I currently am 36, never went to college beyond the first semister, and have never developed a traditional career. I have always been a 'dreamer' and have wanted everything I want and nothing else. I make most of my money from 'gambling' and for about 8 years have lived far from my home state. My friends growing up ridiculed me for my 'dreams' (remember Peter in Office Space?) and scoffed when i fell into my dream job of delivering pizzas. See, they were doing all of the things they were supposed to. They studied hard, went to college, got jobs in cubicles, had strained marriages, brats for kids, and are miserable (not to mention laid off). Meanwhile, I have always called my own shots, vacation when I want, and have a wonderful relationship with my wife and kids. I am enjoying life to be sure. I lost touch with many of those old friends years ago,. In 2001 I didn't attend the high school reunion. But with the modern miracle of things like Facebook and MySpace, we have touched base again. Given the reactions of most of these people, they wanted to see the carnage. Feel better about themselves by seeing my failures. But what they have seen is their own misery doing what everyone said they should (here is where I place the song's singer), and my happiness and success doing what I was born to do. I guess my difference with the others on this comment board is really with the last verse. They caught up with me, and I am still living the dream while they are not. If they stay (not walk away as the verse says) they will either have to talk me out of what I am doing (unlikely), or admit they were wrong.

    I feel my interpretation is accurate because I am familiar with where Seger grew up. I know the pressures on him to do what they wanted him to do. I place him in the role of the subject, not the singer. I am sure everyone told him to stop smoking pot (he did live in Ann Arbor) and playing music and just get a damn job.
    Louyeon April 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOkay, since I first heard this song, I thought it was about a woman. Yes, it could be about a gambler friend(please no Kenny Rogers), but come on, a song with this much feeling, I doubt he is talking about a dude. It sounds like a woman he had feelings for in the past and come across her again and she hasn't changed(duh). But he has moved on and see she is no different than she was in the past. I love this song. His best song, hands down.
    edmod2001on April 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI totally agree with Saabio and 4Lanie (I'm a man). In my eyes there's never been any doubt that he's referring to a girl, either one he's had or wanted and is bitter at how it all ended. The card games in question, of course, are relationships. She goes from one to another, always getting out before she gets too close and has to show who she truly is and before her vulnerability starts to show.
    "A gambler's share
    The only risk that you would take
    The only loss you could forsake
    The only bluff you couldn't fake,"
    There are probably a few realationships that she would have liked to continue a little longer, or even start, but circumstances decided otherwise. Those would be the gambler's share.
    He catches up with her several years later, and see's that he still doesn't have a chanche and that she's still after the perfect man. He just can't come to terms with this and walks away in frustration.
    sherrichon June 06, 2009   Link

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