Help with an 80s rock tune

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  1. Brian_Linnen

    Brian_Linnen Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm usually pretty good with 80s trivia, but not this one. Someone at work is trying to figure out a song he remembers but can't put a name to - and I couldn't help him. NOw it's driving me mad!

    Help!!

    It was out at the same time as Centerfold by the J. Geils Band

    It was a rock song—not as “poppy” as Loverboy but not as heavy as Sammy Hagar

    He thinks it was made the Top 10 because it was on the radio all the time

    It was about a guy gambling—maybe playing poker or roulette—and he was lucky, on a winning streak— but he doesn’t remember if the streak continued or if he lost in the end
     
  2. MatS

    MatS Screenwriter

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    longshot....

    Santana "Winning" (as written by Leo Ballard)

    One day I was on the ground
    When I needed a hand
    And it couldn't be found
    I was so far down
    That I couldn't get up
    You know and
    One day I was one of life's losers
    Even my friends were my ac-cus-ers
    And in my head
    Lost before I'd begun


    I had a dream
    But it turned to dust
    What I thought was love
    That must have been lust
    I was living in style
    When the walls fell in
    When I played my hand
    I looked like a joker
    Turn around
    Fate must have woke her
    'Cause lady luck she was
    Waiting outside the door


    Chorus:


    I'm winning
    I'm winning
    I'm winning
    And I don't intend on losing again


    Too bad it belonged to me
    It was the wrong time
    And I meant to be
    It took a long time
    And I knew for now
    I can see the day
    That I breath for
    Friends agree there's a need
    To play the game
    And to win again


    Chorus:
    (repeat first line 5x's)
    (repeat last line 4x's)


    Repeat Verse II


    Chorus:
    (repeat first line 5x's)
     
  3. Kevin M

    Kevin M Producer

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    Are you talking about SAGA's song Wind Him Up?

    Here are the lyrics:
    Aldo's standing at his table
    And he's wondering if he's able
    To pick the number right this time
    He watches as the wheel stops spinning
    Sees the number that is winning
    As he reaches for his glass of wine

    Once he starts it's hard to stop
    He's keepin' up a pace like a tight wound clock
    Be sure you don't step in his way
    He'll keep those numbers rolling
    This may be his last day

    As all the bets are taken
    Aldo lights a smoke, he's shakin'
    From carnation right to the ground
    He knows tonight holds one last chance
    'n give the wheel a final glance
    Slippery fingers drop the money down

    Once he starts it's hard to stop
    He's keepin' up a pace like a tight wound clock
    And as he leaves the table, "No luck today"
    You can rest assured
    He's comin' back to try again

    (chorus)Wind him up, he can't stop
    He's wound up tight just like the clock
    That's winding its second hand down
    Wind him up, he can't stop
    He keeps on going 'round the clock
    He's winding his second hand down
     
  4. Charles Gurganus

    Charles Gurganus Supporting Actor

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    or how about "Lonesome Loser" by the Little River Band?
     
  5. Kevin M

    Kevin M Producer

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    Yeah but "Lonesome Loser" came out in the 70's, he's talking about an 80's released song, circa 81-83 I believe.
     
  6. Brian_Linnen

    Brian_Linnen Stunt Coordinator

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    You guys are the greatest!!! It was Saga - I never would have thought of that in a million years.
    Thanks for everyone for helping out!
     
  7. Brian_Linnen

    Brian_Linnen Stunt Coordinator

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    Especially Kevin M!!
     
  8. Timber

    Timber Stunt Coordinator

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    Kevin,
    I don't know if that's the song Brian is looking for, but I'm glad you mentioned it. I haven't heard that song in ages. It brings back fond MTV memories, when they actually played videos. I'll have to download it when I get a chance. Thanks.

    Tim
     
  9. Kevin M

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    Yeah I thought that was the one, good song. You're certainly welcome.
     

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