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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Cards/Dice/Gamble/Lose/Win.”
Left to my own devices too long and I will sneak in a Bee Gees song. Count on it! 😀
Barry Gibb wrote the melody while brother Maurice conceived the drum sounds (in his garage) that open the track for 1987’s You Win Again.
Maurice Gibb explained You Win Again in a May 2001 interview with Mojo magazine:
“When we get together and write, it’s not like three individuals ― it’s like one person in the room. Usually, we have a book of titles and we just pick one. I loved ‘You Win Again’ as a title, but we had no idea how it might turn out as a song. It ended up as a big demo in my garage, and I recorded stomps and things. There was just one drum on there. The rest was just sounds. Then, everybody tried to talk us out of the stomps at the start. They didn’t want it. ‘Take it off. Too loud! Can we have them not on the intro, just when the music starts?’ All this stuff, but as soon as you hear that ‘jabba-doomba, jabba-doomba’ on the radio, you know it’s us. It’s a signal. So, that’s one little secret ― give people an automatic identification of who it is.
- You Win Again was a No. 1 single in Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Norway, as well as making the top 10 in Italy, the Netherlands, Australia and Sweden. It also topped the Eurochart for four weeks. When the song reached No. 1 on 17 October 1987 in the UK, it made the Bee Gees the first group to score a UK No. 1 hit in each of three decades: the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
- You Win Again was less successful in the US however, only reaching No. 75 in the Billboard Hot 100, as many American DJs were still reluctant to play any Bee Gees music due to the disco backlash of the early 1980s. They finally overcame that problem in 1989 with the hit single One.
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You Win Again
You couldn’t give me what everybody needs
I shouldn’t let you kick me when I’m down
I find out everybody know that
You’ve been using me
I’m surprised you
Let me stay around you
One day I’m gonna lift the cover
And look inside your heart
We gotta level before we go
And tear this love apart
There’s no fight you can’t fight
This battle of love with me
You win again
So little time
We do nothing but compete
There’s no life on earth
No other could see me through
You win again
Some never try
But if anybody can, we can
And I’ll be, I’ll be
Oh baby I shake you from now on
I’m gonna break down your defenses
One by one
I’m gonna hit you from all sides
Lay your fortress open wide
Nobody stops this body from
You better beware, I swear
I’m gonna be there one day when you fall
I could never let you cast aside
The greatest love of all