Still The Same

Album: Stranger In Town (1978)
Charted: 4


  • This song is about a slick gambler who always seems a step ahead. At first, Seger seems to be talking this guy up, enamored with his winning ways and how he's still the same. But at the end of the song, we learn this isn't the case: Seger turns and walks away from him because he hasn't changed, and there's nothing left to say. It's like reconnecting with an old friend, only to be reminded of why you stayed apart.

    Seger says it's not about a specific person, but a composite of "Type A, overachieving" people he's encountered, particularly in Hollywood, where he lived for a few months while recording the Stranger In Town album. There aren't as many of these types in Michigan, where Seger is from.
  • Seger told Bob Costas about the type of person in this song: "They're just very charismatic, but they have tremendous faults, but part of the appeal is the charisma. You overlook everything because of the charisma. That's a gift and a curse."
  • This is one of four songs on the Stranger In Town album that Seger recorded with his Silver Bullet Band, which included bass player Chris Campbell and drummer David Teegarden. The other songs he recorded in Alabama using the musicians at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.

Comments: 23

  • Kev - Glasgow from UkRod Stewart's version of this song is fantastic. His singing, the arrangement and musicianship are superb. This also applies to every classic on his covers album, 'Still the Same'. If you haven't heard it it's well worth a listen. Every song is better than the original version.
  • Jairo from AlbuquerqueSome people stay the same no matter how the world changes around them.
  • Joe from PittsburghI have known a few people who I saw after not seeing them for some time that this song could apply to.
  • Daniel M Redgan Sr. from Detroit Michigan My grandfather was Hunter Hinson jr. And he was a gambler which lived not far from Mitch Ryder where sever actually practice a time or two. He was a gambler for years until he became a gaffer. One who makes fixed dice and cards. This song describes him to a T.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 7th 1978, "Still the Same" by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #74; ten weeks later on July 16th, 1978 it would peak at #4 {for 1 week} and spent 18 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on July 29th, 1978 it also peaked at #4 {for 2 weeks} on the Canadian Top Singles chart...
    Was track two of side one on the band's tenth studio album, 'Stranger in Town', and the album reached #4 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100 chart; "Hollywood Nights" {#12} and "We've Got Tonight" {#13}...
    Yesterday, May 6th, 2015, was Robert Clark Seger's seventieth birthday.
  • Paul from Kennewick, WaWow. This song totally describes a former "friend", who I haven't seen in years. I quite literally had to leave my former country in order to get clear of him and break the spell he cast for close to two decades. He literally,as Rich says, tore me to shreds emotionally and spiritually.But it was me that turned my back and walked, not him, as he desperately hung on to try and wreck (read,shred) my plans.
    Then one day 2 or so years ago,I received an out of the blue email from him, and I wrote back with a reference to this song and how it's just like him. To make it short, we're no longer friends-he knows I'm not coming back. He was a total player, right to the very end (and, a former law enforcememnt officer), but the game ultimately turned against him.
  • Adam from Brunswick, GaYou are correct Scott, this song is actually about Seger's father who moved to California when he was 10. The beauty of these lyrics is there's enough ambiguity that we can all subjectively relate them to our own lives. Be it an ex-lover, old friend, or even yourself...
  • Rich from Tampa, FlI don't think its really about gambling, because when you gamble you may win and you may lose. I think it's definitely about a player though, one who knows just how long to play the game and just how to cut a man to shreds and walk away a winner every time. Seger always told the truth in his songs and the truth is that the players always win.
  • David from Deerfield Beach, FlPosted on 11/11/2009. I loved this song ever since I first heard it. Bob Seger was great! There's a lyric in there though that I still can't figure out even after all these decades. Can anybody help me? At the song's end while the chorus is being sung as it fades out, there are 1 or 2 words that those soulful female background singers keep saying that I can't make out for the life of me. Something like "still the same... (?)baby thing(?)... you're still the same". Does anybody out there know what they are actually saying?
  • Paul from Denver, CoI remember back in the 70's when Pete Rose had his 44 game hitting streak, NBC had monday night baseball, and they did a Pete Rose higlight clip to this song. I always loved the song but it made me like Pete Rose a little bit. Then later didn't it have a different meaning for Pete Rose.
  • Lance from Ventura, CaTo me "Still the Same" is a song about a "Player" the type of person who uses people to get what he/she wants by using charm and sex as a tool.

    Play the game (a relationship), get enough to get by (material possessions or money) then turn your back and walk before any intimate feeling begin to develop.
  • Lance from Ventura, CaTo me "Still the Same" is a song about a "Player" the type of person who uses people to get what he/she wants by using charm and sex as a tool.

    Play the game (a relationship), get enough to get by (material possessions or money) then turn your back and walk before any intimate feeling begin to develop.
  • Miked from Ann Arbor, MiHere's my take. And I don't mean to take anything away from those who have related their gambler thoughts!!

    This song is about love (go figure!). It's about a person (could be a Woman, could be a Man, could be the listener even!) who never grabbed on to love. Not because love never found them, but because they always got up and walked away whenever they got too close.

    Love is portrayed as gambling/card games. "Just when they were sure they had you caught" (when a significant other was ready to take their love to the next level.. moving in together.. or even marriage) "-you would turn your back and walk away."

    They used "their charm long enough to get by." "The trick you said was to never stay in the game too long."

    As we all know, love's a gamble and far too often people get caught up in it and lose their bet. But the person in this song never lost. "The cards were always good" to them.

    Sounds like the narrator may have once been with this person and seen the chance for great love. Back then, the person quit without giving it a chance. Years have gone by and this person, it seems, is Still The Same.
  • Rebecca from Dallas, TxThis is a true song of someone whom is addicted to gambling and the other vices that come with it. I have loved it my whole life. Since I was a very young child, I knew every word was true. Sadly to say , it can be a real bitchy life.
  • Mrcleaveland from Cleveland,This song has always reminded me of the great baseball player Pete Rose. Some filmclips of Pete's career would make for a good video of this song.
  • Duke from Long Beach, CaTo Scott (Columbus), I remember watching Bob Costas on his late night program on NBC interview Seger. Costas said the exact same thing. Costas' dad was a gambler and to him, this song always reminded him of his dad.
    Also, *I* will say, it's an amazing song. As are many of Seger's. He reaches for real emotional truths, and finds them, in a lot of his lyrics. For such a macho rocker, he *really* bares it when he talks about longing and vulnerability.
  • Mr.know-it-all from Heaven, WaJust don't forget that he ripped the melody off of Brian Eno's "On Some Faraway Beach".
  • Kevin Witt from Haymarket, VaThe back-up vocals were done by "Dawn," best known for their work with Tony Orlando.
  • Dee from Los Angeles, CaI just bounced off a thwarted attempt to build a relationship w/someone who from my perspective largely fits the behavior described in this song. And, although I'm in some pain in the aftermath, I know I will soon heal from it and was strong during the process because I sought emotional depth and connection because that is what I need and who I am. I grew up around relatives whose belief system is spot on described in this song so for me to not be crushed today by what once annihilated me is a huge gain!
  • George from Baltimore, MdThis song always reminds me of a buddy that I went to high school with over 30 years ago. Always scheming, into one "deal" or another, some even legal. He pops up about once a decade, and he' still the same.
  • Scott from Columbus, OhThis song always reminds me of my father..I suppose alot of people might think that, but for me it's quite an accurate depiction for my memories of him.
    To this day he is probably the same as he was when I saw him last... a charismatic gambler who lives his life from day to day. "Turning on the charm, just long enough to get you by..."
  • Angela West from Tomball, TxI heard this song traveling through South Texas and this song struck me hard, the lyrics seem so autobiographical! Love all of Bob Seger's lyrics & music!
  • Cam from WinnipegClassic Seger song off a classic Seger album.
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