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Solitaire

Released by Nina Simone in 1959
From the Album: The Amazing Nina Simone |

This version of Solitaire was released by Nina Simone in 1959.

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Solitaire is a classic late 1950s song by Nina Simone, a singer whose real name was Eunice Kathleen Waymon. She performed a variety of songs from the styles of classical, folk, gospel, blues, jazz, R&B and pop music.

The song Solitaire is a homage to the difficult card game that has also become popular as a gambling game on various Korean online gambling websites such as toto-bay.com. The casino version of the kid’s game of Solitaire is a game where you can only build your hand on the bottom waste card or open card. The goal is to move all the cards to the top 8 cards of each suit.

Solitaire in the USA never really took off as a casino-based game. At one point, there was at least one now-closed casino in Las Vegas that dealt the game. There are several clue trails involving old Internet comment forums from long-time Vegas residents that distinctly recall seeing and playing Solitaire for money in Nevada.

Since you’ve gone I spend each lonely night,
Dealing out the cards from left to right,
And the King of Hearts is there to remind me
That I’m all alone playing solitaire.

Love was just another game for two,
I see now that’s all it meant to you,
And my heart got lost somewhere in the shuffle,
So I’m all alone playing solitaire

In each romance there’s an element of chance,
A gamble to win or to lose,
You play to win, then you find you’re playing in a game with no rules,
Just made for fools.
Now, the Joker has a laugh on me,
‘Cause I played my hand so carelessly,
And until you wanna share that old feeling,
I’ll be dealing time away with solitaire.

And until you want to share that old feeling,
I’ll be dealing time away, dealing time away with solitaire.


Nina Simone has released many songs over the years besides Solitaire. Nina Simone released songs from 1958 to 1987 spanning across albums like Little Girl Blue, At Town Hall, The Amazing Nina Simone, At Newport, Forbidden Fruit, At The Village Gate, Nina Simone Sings Ellington, At Carnegie Hall, Broadway Blues Ballads, Folksy Nina, Nina Simone In Concert, Pastel Blues, I Put A Spell On You, Nina Simone With Strings, Wild Is The Wind, Let It All Out, Nina Simone Sings The Blues, High Priestess Of Soul, Silk And Soul, Nuff Said!, Nina Simone And Piano!, To Love Somebody, Black Gold, Here Comes The Sun, Emergency Ward, It Is Finished, Baltimore, Fodder On My Wings, Nina's Back, Let It Be Me, and Live At Ronnie Scott's. Decade Lyrics has over lyrics & songs by Nina Simone.

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