My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

The lucky ones

Bad luck and superstition are synonymous with the second Friday of a month beginning on Sunday.  Even before the countless installments of the Jason Voorhies movies, Friday the 13th of any month was an omen to stay in bed with the covers over your head, for you were surely to meet your doom – or so the superstitious would have you to believe.  Likewise, believers of these alleged myths and urban legends are skeptical and cautious about many things, from black cats, broken mirrors, walking under a ladder or spilling the salt, all of which can be quickly remedied with horseshoes, a rabbit’s foot, or the elusive four-leaf clover.

I’m sure there are many country songs that explore the folk mythology and religious basis that make up all the great palm-itching tales I’ve heard all my life, but I didn’t seek those out.  No, I took the easy approach and did a word search for ‘luck’ in my library and this is what I came up with:

‘The Lucky One’ – Alison Krauss

‘A Good Run of Bad Luck’ – Clint Black

‘Lucky Ones’ – Dixie Chicks

‘Hey Lucky Lady’ – Dolly Parton

‘Lucky That Way’ – Dwight Yoakam

‘I Always  Get Lucky With You’ – George Jones

‘Luck In My Eyes’ – k.d. lang

‘Just My Luck’ – Kim Richey

‘I Feel Lucky’ – Mary Chapin Carpenter

‘Lucky For You (Tonight I’m Just Me)’ – SheDaisy

‘Lucky Enough For Two’ – Tanya Tucker

Not that I am superstitious or anything, but I did give all those songs a spin early this morning, and I implore you to decrease your chances of demise today by knocking on wood, keeping your hat off the bed, and staying away from birds of all kinds.

While you’re at it, share your own songs of luck with us, or tell us your favorite old wives tales.

7 responses to “The lucky ones

  1. bob August 13, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Lee Roy Parnell’s “Just Lucky That Way” from his 2006 cd “Back to the Well”, the song written by Lee Roy & Gary Nicholson.

  2. Ben Foster August 13, 2010 at 9:14 am

    How about Faith Hill’s “The Lucky One”?

    I think my favorite old wives tales are that bread crusts make your hair curly and chocolate gives you acne. Puh-leaze!

  3. Charles August 13, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are – Patty Loveless
    My Lucky Life – Candy Coburn
    Lucky – Jessie Farrell
    Lucky Girl – Kellie Pickler
    I Must Be Lucky – Kelly Willis
    Lucky In Love – Sherrié Austin
    Lucky Man – Montgomery Gentry
    Best of Luck – Nickel Creek
    How Lucky I Am – Bryan White
    Lucky as Me – Phil Vassar
    Lucky One – Raul Malo
    The Luckiest Guy In the World – Vince Gill

    The Raul Malo song is probably my favorite, from the brilliant album as the same name.
    the Sherrié Austin one is lovely!

    • Ben Foster August 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm

      I really like that Kellie Pickler song. I think it really shows a different side of Kellie, it being a more bitter song as opposed to the happy-go-lucky songs she usually does. It’s a shame that it was never a single!

  4. Jane August 13, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I’ve always liked Amy Grant’s The lucky One, as well as Faith Hill’s (Different songs, same title!). My favorite superstition is that a black cat crossing your path is bad luck. I don’t think so!

  5. Tom August 14, 2010 at 4:53 am

    …among the most superstitious folks on earth must be the ukrainians: don’t look into a mirror before 8 am – you might come across something unpleasant. that brings me to keith whitley, who never goes around mirrors.

    one more ukrainian: on the way to the airport my friend realised that she had forgotten her watch upstairs in her appartment. waiting for the taxi she’d still have plenty of time to fetch it, but she would not go back to pick it up, since this would mean bad luck for the journey – she told me upon her arrival, wondering whether i had a spare one for a couple of days. unluckily, i hadn’t.

  6. Occasional Hope August 16, 2010 at 7:06 am

    One of the best bad luck songs is Hank Williams’ ‘I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive’.

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