If you like to gamble
I tell you, I'm your man
You win some, lose some
It's all the same to me

The pleasure is to play
Makes no difference what you say
I don't share your greed
The only card I need
Is the Ace of Spades
The Ace of Spades

Playing for the high one
Dancing with the devil
Going with the flow
It's all a game to me

Seven or eleven
Snake eyes watching you
Double up or quit
Double stake or split
The Ace of Spades
The Ace of Spades

You know I'm born to lose
And gambling's for fools
But that's the way I like it, baby
I don't want to live forever
And don't forget the joker

Pushing up the ante
I know you got to see me
Read 'em and weep
The dead man's hand again

I see it in your eyes
Take one look and die
The only thing you see
You know it's gonna be
The Ace of Spades
The Ace of Spades, uh


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  • +10
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    The gambling references are a metaphor for a hard-living, wreckless lifestyle; biking, drinking, drugs, fighting, etc. He knows that it will do him in eventually, that he'll eventually be dealt the "Ace of Spades" (the death card,) but that's the way he likes it; die with your boots on and all that.

    TonganDeathGripon September 05, 2006   Link
  • +4
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    I love this song. It brings a tear to my eye. I think it's about the singer's repressed love for a girl, who doesn't love him in return. He's tried everything, but he can't win her over. It's tremedously sad. Someone give this song an oscar. In case you hadn't guessed, I'm ripping Ice-Dive. It's about gambling. Nothing else. Idiot.

    AgentGabbiton April 03, 2003   Link
  • +3
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    Lemmy's vocals are that of gods!!

    dwfp99on January 31, 2005   Link
  • +2
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    this is a great song by an awsome band. motorhead is underapreciated

    insane metal fanon February 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
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    It kicks my ass, that's what it does !!

    Azariason May 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    Other than gambling... i would really have no other idea as to what this song really meant.

    Humbucker57on September 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    You know I'm born to lose, And gambling's for fools, But that's the way I like it baby. I don't wanna live forever.

    I think this perfectly sums up what this song is about.

    Beatsteakon January 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
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    ok, i think i got it. This song, has multiple meanings, its plain obvious one (Gambling), the political power meaning, and just life itself, its a gamble, take a fucking risk, pussy. Thats what i came up, after another....10 or so minutes of analysis, lol. To be frank, all these meanings are good ones, Motorhead is a great fucking band (right up there with Bad Religion, Dead Kennedys, and of course The "immortal" Clash

    gofuckyourselfon March 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
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    In short words: eventually you're gonna lose and there's nothing to do about it, so just go on and take a fucking chance while you can, goddammit!

    Gotta love Lemmy's simplistic philosophy!

    ThunderBosson August 04, 2016   Link
  • +1
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    Lemmy said not to put much into his lyrics as he didn’t. It depended how he felt at the time, .sounds about right to me. Rip big guy

    noel103260on August 08, 2021   Link

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