George Strait performs “Ace In The Hole” Live On Las Vegas 2017.

The song it reached # 1 on the charts of the US Hot Country Songs, also reached number # 1 on the charts of Canada Country Tracks. It was the eighteenth number # 1 of George's career.

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Ace In The Hole:

Album cover George Strait ( MCA 1989 )
Album cover George Strait ( MCA 1989 )

Ace in the hole, song written by Dennis Adkins, and recorded by George Strait for the MCA label, recorded on October 12, 1988, at Emerald Sound Studio, 1033 16th Ave., Nashville, TN, George was accompanied on the recording of the song by: Reggie Young (electric guitar), Steve Gibson (acoustic guitar), Paul Franklin (steel), David Hungate (bass), Eddie Bayers (drums), Johnny Gimble (fiddle), Floyd Domino (piano), Steve Marsh (sax) and Curtis Young & Liana Young (background vocals). With the production of Jimmy Bowen and George Strait, the single was released on July 17, 1989, on November 4, 1989, it reached # 1 on the charts of the US Hot Country Songs, a week later, on November 11, 1989. November 1989, also reached number # 1 on the charts of Canada Country Tracks. It was the eighteenth number # 1 of George’s career.



The song was included in George’s eighth studio album, Beyond the Blue Neon (MCA 1989), the album was released on February 6, 1989, on April 29, 1989, it reached number # 1 on the US charts. Top Country Albums. On the Canadian RPM Country Albums charts, I reach number # 5.

About the song:

The song is about how you should keep some tricks up your sleeve to be able to get ahead in life. The title is a term that means a secret or powerful advantage. According to the Brewer Phrase and Fable Dictionary, the reference is the stud poker game, in which an ace, which is the most valuable card, is placed face down on the table and is not revealed. Only the player who owns it knows its secret power. The hole is simply a place of concealment. In life, we must all struggle to succeed and have a good life, and to beat the competition, they need some good people around them.



George’s touring band is called “The Ace in the Hole Band”. He was the lead singer of the band before beginning his solo career in the early eighties.





George Strait – Ace In The Hole Lyrics

You’ve got to have an ace in the hole.
A little secret that nobody knows.
Life is a gamble, a game we all play,
But you need to save something for a rainy day.
You’ve got to learn to play your cards right if you expect to win in life.
Don’t put it all on the line for just one roll.
You’ve got to have an ace in the hole.

If you’re headed down a one way street.
And you’re not sure it’s the way you wanna go.
In money or love, or all the above,
Have a little more than what you show.

When life deals out a surprise
Have a few surprises of your own.
No matter what you do, no matter where you go
You’ve got to have an ace in the hole.

[Chorus]

Don’t put it all on the line for just one roll
You’ve got to have an ace in the hole.
No matter what you do, no matter where you go
You’ve got to have an ace in the hole.

Single George Strait ( MCA 1989 )
Single George Strait ( MCA 1989 )

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