My Sunday Song – “Ace of Spades” by Motorhead

For My Sunday Song #109, “Ace of Spades” by Motorhead gets the focus this week.  This is one of the most iconic Motorhead songs and it reached #15 on the charts when it was released back in 1980 on the album titled ‘Ace of Spades’.  The song actually hit the UK charts again after Lemmy’s death in 2015.  It went all the way to #13, two spots higher than the original run.

The song is all about gambling and has every known gambling cliche known to man included in the song and yet it works.  It was only 2:48 in length yet so memorable and impactful.  The menacing opening bass riff by Lemmy and that fast driving, dirty rock sound matched up with that gritty vocal by Lemmy is what makes this one of the great rock songs of all time.  It was the song that introduced me to Motorhead and I am sure I am not the only one.

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As I am not a gambler (ok I am not a good one), I was curious about the dead man’s hand.  It turns out the Dead Man’s Hand relates to the hand that Wild Bill Hickok had when he was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall while playing poker back in 1876.  The hand he supposedly had was 2 Black 8’s and 2 Black Aces.

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One funny story about the song is that while performing this song for two years, Lemmy would sing Eight of Spades instead of Ace and no one noticed the difference (thanks songfacts.com).

Give it a listen and let me know what you think.  Thanks and Happy Sunday!

“Ace Of Spades”

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

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

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,
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

Written by Eddie Clark, Ian Kilmister and Phil Taylor

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