Saturday, September 21, 2019

Mary Chapin Carpenter - I Feel Lucky

I posted yesterday that the world is a much better place than we're told.  No song captures this feeling like this one.

As the 1980s turned into the 1990s, no country singer was a bigger star than Mary Chapin Carpenter.  Her albums were enormous - four top 20 hits in 1989, four more in 1990, seven in 1992, six in 1994 and six more in 1996.  Her albums were both musically interesting and a huge commercial success: Gold (1989), Platinum (1990), 4x Platinum (1992), 2x Platinum (1994).  Grammy awards in 1992, 1993, 1994, and two in 1995.

And then she was gone, at least from the airwaves.  She continued to put out albums, but none got much  attention after 1996 or so.  Her music was never cut from the typical Nashville run with the herd cloth, but maybe she'd made enough money to write the sort of music she wanted to, rather than the type that sold.

But this song is just fun.  Enjoy.

I Feel Lucky (Songwriters: Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Jennings):
Well I woke up this morning stumbled out of my rack
I opened up the paper to the page in the back
It only took a minute for my finger to find
My daily dose of destiny, under my sign
My eyes just about popped out of my head
It said "the stars are stacked against you girl, get back in bed"

I feel lucky,
I feel lucky, yeah
No Professor Doom gonna stand in my way
Mmmmm, I feel lucky today

Well I strolled down to the corner, gave my numbers to the clerk
The pot's eleven million so I called in sick to work
I bought a pack of Camels, a burrito and a Barq's
Crossed against the light, made a beeline for the park
The sky began to thunder, wind began to moan
I heard a voice above me saying, "girl, you better get back home"

But I feel lucky, oh oh oh,
I feel lucky, yeah
No tropical depression gonna steal my sun away
Mmmmm, I feel lucky today

Now eleven million later, I was sitting at the bar
I'd bought the house a double, and the waitress a new car
Dwight Yoakam's in the corner, trying to catch my eye
Lyle Lovett's right beside me with his hand upon my thigh
The moral of this story, it's simple but it's true
Hey the stars might lie, but the numbers never do

I feel lucky, oh oh oh,
I feel lucky, yeah
Hey Dwight, hey Lyle, boys, you don't have to fight
Hot dog, I'm feeling lucky tonight

I feel lucky, brrrrr,
I feel lucky, yeah
Think I'll flip a coin, I'm a winner either way
Mmmmmm, I feel lucky today


Daniel said...

gamot sa sipon

Jim said...

Always liked her and I play her music now and then. Lucinda Williams is a similar performer.

Aesop said...

This is R&B, not so much country. Still good.
She covered Knopfler's The Bug and IMHO did it better than he did.
But to me she'll always be the girl Down At The Twist And Shout.