This song was covered by Suzy Boggus

I asked Cheryl about the history of this song. Her reply went something like this: The song is about three people: persons A, B, C. It starts with persons A & B. Person A introduces person B to person C. Persons B & C go off into the sunset.

Later, Cheryl added the fact that A & B were former lovers, and that C was a former lover of A. The singer is Person B, who A introduced to C, and then B & C became a couple. Person B is singing to Person A, who complains that they became a couple. Hence the line "You can't deal me the aces and think I wouldn't play"

When Cheryl wrote this song, it had two different choruses (which is how it appears on Live and Otherwise). When she recorded it for the Circles & Arrows album, the second chorus was dropped because Kyle Lehning, the producer, thought it was too confusing. Cheryl has sung it the new way so many times that she said she probably couldn't do it the original way.

The first time the chorus was sung, it was as it appears in the lyrics. The second time the chorus was sung, it appears as in the lyrics (starting with "Now don't let it convince you"), but the last two lines are:

We tried from the beginning, so I can't believe the end
Don't let me hear you sayin' I am not your friend

At the end of the song, the second chorus is sung, followed by the first chorus. Here is the official video of Aces on YouTube.

  • Aces
  • Words And Music By
  • Cheryl Wheeler
  • Well my old friend said to me
  • I ain't being what I'm supposed to be
  • Well I don't know, it could be true
  • I know I wasn't always there for you
  • (Chorus)
  • Now you're ready to walk out, you're ready to run
  • Talk to me, can't you see
  • I would never want to do what it seems I've done
  • You can't deal me the aces and think I wouldn't play
  • Don't let this be the reason you would walk away
  • The things you think that I should do
  • I've never understood that part of you
  • I know I've tried to be a friend
  • But you feel undermined and hurt again
  • Now don't let it convince you, don't take it to heart
  • Compromise and realize you can never really run everything you start
  • You can't deal me the aces and think I wouldn't play
  • Don't let this be the reason you would walk away
  • And I guess I said I couldn't see
  • How things could turn out like they've come to be
  • And if I lied, if I knew
  • I was only trying to think of you
  • (Repeat Chorus)
  • 6/2/82
  • (P) May 27, 2003
  • Penrod And Higgins Music / Amachrist Music
  • ACF Music Group
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