Song lyrics in the real world: Ace of Spades (Motörhead)

The Dead Man's Hand, with a prominent Ace of Spades

enter The Dead Man’s Hand, with a prominent Ace of Spades

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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

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Motörhead’s signature song is full of gambling references as well as Lemmy’s distorted bass and raspy vocals, and the last verse contains a mysterious reference to the Dead Man’s Hand. According to legend, when Wild Bill Hickock was shot in South Dakota in 1876 while playing poker, he was holding a pair of black aces and a pair of black 8’s (legends don’t agree on the fifth card). Wikipedia also details multiple variations of the hand, with Wild Bill being a late tie in to the legend, so it’s probably as authentic as a dozen nails from the crucifixion, but as they say “If it ain’t true, it ought to be!”

Still, it’s a cool legend from the era of outlaws and shady heroes. And the song kicks ass too! Put your horns up and rock out now.

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