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Stephen Stills – Black Queen lyrics

This is a song about a card game
Black queen, holding hearts
Black queen, tear the game apart
Black queen, don't you know?
Can't beat aces all in a row, black queen, no you can't
Have mercy black queen
Don't you go mess with the black queen, no
Black queen, see the whole hand
Black queen, where's your black man?
Black queen, if he ain't in the hole
Black queen, you got some more to show me, black queen
Oh, get on me black queen
Oh, Lord, have mercy, black queen
She's called to beat me clean
Black queen, where's your bank roll?
Black queen, where did it go?
Black queen, the truth is hard
Black queen, you're playin' foolish cards, black queen

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    The "Black Queen" is about a woman who is a prostitute, and she has a pimp who is in a relationship with her, but it is not necessarily the best of times for either one, as they are only trying to survive. She sees her black men, some of whom "can't be all aces" as Stills says. She can be mean when she needs to, and doesn't want to show you everything she has, unless you pay her more. But, if the pimp is not around, perhaps she will give you a discount. All this claptrap about the previous missive is nonesense. Stills is telling us about the blues, and the blues isn't happy, most of the time. A great song, and one he no longer plays because he cannot sing the upper registers after being on the road over 40 years. But: you're either with him or not. For me, Stills has taught me a lot over the years. I am with him, always. Spfldbuffalo.
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