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
anonymous Sep 1st, 2014 9:32am 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 2:30pm 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 1:00pm 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 12:27am 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.
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.
anonymous Aug 10th, 2009 8:53pm 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 Jun 9th, 2009 6:59pm 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!
anonymous May 19th, 2009 5:30am 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 9:20am report
The Jack is a slang term for crabs in Australia. I think.
anonymous Jan 13th, 2008 1:02pm 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?
anonymous Jan 9th, 2008 1:52am report
Just listen to it live on "If you want blood". You won't be confused at what Bon means.
anonymous Dec 27th, 2007 12:24pm report
It's about Bon Scott's you know what.... and STDs. If you think it's about cards you're dead wrong!
anonymous May 19th, 2007 5:34pm report
You guys are idiots! Brian Johnson is a great singer. The song is probably about either, like they said, an STD or is actually about a girl who beat Bon Scott in a poker game.
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