AC/DC: The Jack Meaning
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The Jack Lyrics
She gave me the King
She was wheelin' and dealin'
Just doin' her thing
She was holdin' a pair
But I had to try
Her Deuce was wild
But my Ace was high
But how was I to know
That she'd been dealt with before
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:
She's got the Jack (aka She's got the Clap) are songs about Bon Scott catching Gonorreah from a woman who lied about being a virgin. Both "the Clap" and "The Jack" are Australian slang terms for STD's... The term "The Clap" specifically refers to Gonorrhea. Almost all ACDC songs have variations to them, even when done by ACDC!; but this song is one that probably has the most variations. "The Jack" was originally known as "The Clap." This was released in Australia in 1975 on their second album, T.N.T. Their first 2 Australian releases were combined to form High Voltage in 1976, which was their first album released worldwide. On the live version of this song, Bon Scott sometimes would share with the crowd a more direct set of lyrics than the one on the recording. This can be heard on AC/DC's 1978 live album If You Want Blood, You've Got It. AC/DC played this before a crowd of 500,000 at show in Toronto in 2003. The concert, which also featured The Rolling Stones, Rush, and others, was a benefit for the city, which suffered a drop in tourism due to the spread of a rare disease called SARS (Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome). AC/DC had no problem singing about one disease at a benefit for another, and the fans didn't mind either.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jun 9th 2009 report
I'm setting the record straight The Jack yes has two different lyrics to it, the studio version which was also done live at atlantic studios and the live version that we all love anyway. It's a slang for gonorrhea in Australia and bon who was promiscuous must of caught it from this girl. Now knowing that bon got in trouble for swearing before he made a double meaning on the studio version to make it seem like a card game when there were sexual references like "she never had a full house" "my ace was high", if I knew what she was dealing out... come on people! Live versions they did the true meaning of the song because they didn't care it was live except on the live at Atlantic studios where they had to make it the studio version because it was on national radio they would get sued a lot of money. Come on people it's SEX! AC/DC is the greatest band of all time you guys just don't know!
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:
anonymous Jan 29th 2022 report
Everyone got STD’s in the 70’s and Played Cards. The song is a Sexual History Lesson narrated by a Professor Bon Scott.
anonymous May 10th 2020 report
It's coronavirus in 2020. Hope to live performance of this cause.
2003 was sars now it's time for coronavirus. ACDC
anonymous Mar 10th 2020 report
My Interpretation is far from any disease. It's just for the pure joy of the words and the song. As with any AD/DC song as they rock!
anonymous Aug 14th 2019 report
Actually I new Bon Scott and yes he was promiscuous
As we all know , but in addition he was addicted to gambling
As well. So who really knows.
anonymous May 15th 2019 report
“She says she has a royal flush but i got the jack” meaning she’s a liar! At least the best cover version those were the lyrics I heard.
anonymous Jan 2nd 2018 report
My first time hearing the song and not all the lyrics, I thought maybe the Jack was Jack Daniels, or Jack of a card game?
anonymous Sep 1st 2014 report
I actually have the book in front of me from the disc set Bonfire here is the quote "The story is,we all had a house in Melbourne. And we had about twenty chicks who would come around and service the band, the whole thing. So the whole band got the jack. And so Malcolm said one day: 'Why don't we do a song about it?' So we wrote it that afternoon and played it that night and during the quiet part in the middle I went around and pointed out all the girls, you know... 'She's got the jack' and 'She's got the jack' and so on. And all these chicks are makin' a mad dash for the door. It was quite funny actually."
- Bon Scott
anonymous Feb 17th 2012 report
First off Brian Johnson is not a great singer. He is probably the worst singer of a successful rock/metal group ever. Regardless, I still like listening to AC/DC. My interpretation is the Jack means she is a con artist or liar about her sexual history. If it is about an STD, so be it.
anonymous Jan 31st 2011 report
it has 2 meanings its supposed to sound like a card game but in turn it actually is talking about STDs.
anonymous Dec 13th 2010 report
The lyrics were developed by Scott who was inspired by a letter Malcolm Young received during a tour of Adelaide. The letter, from a woman in Melbourne, implied that Malcolm had given her a venereal disease, however Malcolm claims that when he got tested and was clean. Scott's original lyrics were far more explicit than those on the album, which he deliberately toned down in case the song got played on radio.
anonymous Aug 10th 2009 report
:) this is strange, I think the VD interpretation is right...
but I always thought that she's got the jack ment that she was a HE and Bon discovered it a little late and ran away..
a bit like Dude looks like a lady of aerosmith :)
anonymous May 19th 2009 report
alright alright, first of all the song the jack was written by bon back in the pub days the song is about a girl who he slept with who had "the clap" as ever bon was famous for his inuendos the jack was the studio version,using a card game to replace the sexual encounter in the live version of the jack bon told the dirty story. good version of this is on the if you want blood album
anonymous Sep 24th 2008 report
The Jack is a slang term for crabs in Australia. I think.
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous Jan 13th 2008 report
I'm kind of freakin out, because these lyrics aren't anything like the ones on my ipod. Mine starts out with,
"She gave me her mind
then she gave me her body"
Then it says that she told him she was a virgin, then it says,
"And I had to fall in love with that dirty little bitch."
Why are these lyrics so different?
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