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Better Call Saul - Jimmy and Chuck sings The Winner Takes It All

Chuck and Jimmy's karaoke performance of the song.


ABBA - The Winner Takes It All (Video)

The original version of the song, performed by ABBA.

"The Winner Takes It All" is a song recorded by the Swedish pop group ABBA. Released as the first single from the group's seventh studio album Super Trouper, it is a ballad in the key of G-flat major, reflecting on the end of a relationship. The song peaked at No.1 in several countries, including the UK, where it became their eighth chart-topper. It was also the group's final top 10 hit in the United States.

The song is used in the Better Call Saul episode "Winner", during the opening flashback sequence in which Jimmy and his brother Chuck sing the song at a karaoke party celebrating Jimmy's new lawyer career. During their cover of the song, Chuck (who is initially reluctant to sing) takes the microphone from Jimmy and steals the show. Later, the two drunk brothers stumble into Jimmy's apartment, where Jimmy states his ambitions of joining HHM as a fellow named partner to Chuck. As the two brothers settle into bed and fall asleep, they finish singing the ABBA song.


I don't wanna talk
About things we've gone through
Though it's hurting me
Now it's history

I've played all my cards
And that's what you've done too
Nothing more to say
No more ace to play

The winner takes it all
The loser's standing small
Beside the victory
That's her destiny

I was in your arms
Thinking I belonged there
I figured it made sense
Building me a fence

Building me a home
Thinking I'd be strong there
But I was a fool
Playing by the rules

The gods may throw a dice
Their minds as cold as ice
And someone way down here
Loses someone dear

The winner takes it all (takes it all)
The loser has to fall (has to fall)
It's simple and it's plain (it's so plain)
Why should I complain? (Why complain?)

But tell me, does she kiss
Like I used to kiss you?
Does it feel the same
When she calls your name?

Somewhere deep inside
You must know I miss you
But what can I say?
Rules must be obeyed

The judges will decide (will decide)
The likes of me abide (me abide)
Spectators of the show (of the show)
Always staying low (staying low)

The game is on again (on again)
A lover or a friend (or a friend)
A big thing or a small (big or small)
The winner takes it all (takes it all)

I don't wanna talk
If it makes you feel sad
And I understand
You've come to shake my hand

I apologize
If it makes you feel bad
Seeing me so tense
No self-confidence
But you see

The winner takes it all
The winner takes it all

So the winner takes it all
And the loser has to fall
Throw the dice, cold as ice
Way down here, someone dear
Takes it all, has to fall
And it's plain, why complain?