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ABBA – The Winner Takes It All lyrics

I don't wanna talk
About the things we've gone through
Though it's hurting me
Now it's history
I've played all my cards
And that's what you've done too
Nothing more to say
No more ace to play

The winner takes it all
The loser standing small
Beside the victory
That's her destiny

I was in your arms
Thinking I belonged there
I figured it made sense
Building me a fence
Building me a home
Thinking I'd be strong there
But I was a fool
Playing by the rules

The gods may throw the dice
Their minds as cold as ice
And someone way down here
Loses someone dear
The winner takes it all
The loser has to fall
It's simple and it's plain
Why should I complain

But tell me does she kiss
Like I used to kiss you?
Does it feel the same
When she calls your name?
Somewhere deep inside
You must know I miss you
But what can I say
Rules must be obeyed

The judges will decide
The likes of me abide
Spectators of the show
Always staying low
The game is on again
A lover or a friend
A big thing or a small
The winner takes it all

I don't wanna talk
If it makes you feel sad
And I understand
You come to shake my hand
I apologize
If it makes you feel bad
Seeing me so tense
No self-confidence
But you see
The winner takes it all
The winner takes it all...

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    The singer's boyfriend has apparently left her for another girl, who is the "winner (who) takes it all, while, she is the "loser" who is left "left standing small." She seems to think that love is just a "game" and that the gods in heaven have been playing dice with her life. Because the dice were against her, she lost and the other girl won.

    It's clear from the lyrics that the singer blames life for what has happened to her, but has never thought of looking at herself! This is a normal human reaction, but it is not usually the best reaction! On the other hand, blaming ourselves every time that we suffer in love is not a good idea, either! Better is to try to hold a balance between both of these extremes, something that is very hard to do when we have been rejected!
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      The singer's boyfriend has apparently left her for another girl, who is the "winner (who) takes it... Read more →

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