Ace of Spades – Card of Death

by Milos Itic on February 2, 2011

The Ace of Spades is traditionally seen as the highest card in the deck of playing cards, although the actual value of the card varies from game to game. In myth it is known as the “Death card“.

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The ace of spades, the so-called “death card” is featured in many movies about the Vietnam War. The symbol is also depicted on various unit crests, special operations privately-made patches, collar insignia, and on flags and paintedAce of spades 02 vignettes on military aircraft and gun trucks.

The ace of spades is sometimes used in the asexual community to represent an asexual person, particularly one that identifies as aromantic.

Various idioms involving the ace of spades include “black as the ace of spades” (which can refer either to color or to race),  and the French expression « fichu comme l’as de pique » – that is, “filthy as the ace of spades.

And of course, we have famous song by Motorhead, its called Ace of Spades. Here is the lyrics:

If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m your man
You win some, lose some, it’s – all – the same to me
The pleasure is to play, it makes no difference what you say
I don’t share your greed, the only card I need is
The Ace Of Spades
The Ace Of Spades

Playing for the high one, dancing with the devil,
Going with the flow, it’s all a game to me,
Seven or Eleven, snake eyes watching you,
Double up or quit, double stakes or split,
The Ace Of Spades
The Ace Of Spades

You know I’m born to lose, and gambling’s for fools,
But that’s the way I like it baby,
I don’t wanna live forever,
And don’t forget the joker!

Pushing up the ante, I know you’ve got to see me,
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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