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Nir Dahan
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Here are two to start with:

1 - Sting - Shape of my heart.

"I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that's not the shape of my heart"

2 - Carter USM - Skywest and crooked

"If we club together
with all the diamonds we've saved,
we could look to our hearts and say
we've got it in spades."

Any more?
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Let's see:

1) "Two of Hearts" - Stacey Q

2) "Queen of Hearts" - Juice Newton

3) "The Gambler" - Kenny Rogers
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The Joker - Steve Miller Band
A. Mark Wilson
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Here's an old one by Wink Martindale:

http://www.lyricsdepot.com/wink-martinda......rds.html

It's also written up in Hugard's Encyclopedia of Card Tricks as the Soldier's Prayer Book.
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The Ace of spades!!
by... (forgot... was in terminator.)
magicgeorge
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By Motorhead, I think, wayman.
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How about: Thin Lizzy, Showdown?

King of hearts he’s a lover
King of spades he’s a brother
King of clubs makes a dollar
King of diamonds the wedding ring
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On the Joshua Tree album by U2, in the song "With Or Without You" Bono says, "sleight-of-hand and twist of fate" but if you want to, you can make yourself hear "sleight-of-hand and twist of ace" like I do.

Also, at the halfway point of the song "Exit" on the same album, Bono says "My love", but it sounds an awful lot like "Marlo". Coincidence? I think not. Finally, on "Bullet the Blue Sky," Bono says "His face red like a rose bush, like all the colors of a royal flush."

On U2's Achtung Baby album, Bono says "I'm ready for the shuffle, I'm ready for the deal".

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder is said to be a magic fan, and they have a song on the album Binaural called "Sleight of Hand". Also, on the same album, there is a line that says, "I've deciphered tricks at the bar".

Jason England
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"Don't you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
She'll beat you if she's able
(You know) the queen of hearts is always your best bet"

-- "Desperado", The Eagles
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"Queen of Spades" by Styx, Pieces of Eight

Beware of the Queen of Spades
Her black widow's curse might find you yet
Beware of a love that you will regret
Her love means only your death
Rob "Riff, the Magical Clown" Eubank aka RiffClown
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Here's an odd one, not a "song" in the usual sense, but in 1992, composer Gavin Bryars and sculptor Juan Munoz created 10 soundscapes called, "A Man in a Room, Gambling."

Each piece is 5 minutes long, and was originally broadcast on British radio immediately preceding the evening news.

Each piece begins with Munoz (with Spanish accent) saying, "Good evening. Once again, we present 'A Man in a Room, Gambling'..."

He continues by reciting a monologue explaining how to Bottom Deal, (or how to palm a card, or throw Three Card Monte--many of the texts being derived from Erdnase's Expert at the Card Table), while accompanied by a string quartet providing spare ambient orchestration.

Completing his instruction, Munoz ends each piece ends by saying, "Thank you, and good night."

Goodness knows what British listeners must have thought.

Gregg Tobo
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Here's a few they're a bit strenuous,though.
"Deal" Grateful Dead
"The first cut is the deepest" & "Highgate Shuffle" Rod Stewart
"Bicycle" Queen

And, of course, the poem "Casabianca" starts with an emergency procedure for when your burnt and restored card trick gets out of hand.

I'm still practising my El Condor Pass though.....
Nir Dahan
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Magicgeorge...
loved your references...
got me laughing hard - "first cut is the deepest"...
man...
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A country song by George Strait, "You've got to have an ace in the hole."

And by coincidence his band is called The Ace In The Hole Band.

Jeff
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