"Wrote For Luck" as written by Shaun Ryder, Paul Davis, Mark Day, Gary Whelan and Paul Ryder....
I wrote for luck
They sent me you
I sent for juice
You give me poison
I order a line
You form a queue
You try something hard
There's nothing else you can do
Well that much
I've been trained
I can sit and stand
And beg and rollover
And I don't read
I just guess
There's more than one sign
But its getting less
And you were wet
But you're getting dryer
You used to speak the truth
But now you lair
You used to speak the truth
But now you clever

And wrote for luck
They sent me you
I sent for juice
You give me poison
I order a line
You form a queue
Try something hard
There's nothing else you can do
And you were wet
But you're getting dryer
You used to speak the truth
But now you clever
You used to speak the truth
But now you clever

And when its hot
You start to melt
'Cause you're not made of king
You're made of chocolate
And when it cold
You turn to crack
You keep on piling out
Not pulling back


Lyrics submitted by riviera, edited by shitbag

"Wrote For Luck" as written by Mark Philip Day Gary Kenneth Whelan

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  • +1
    General CommentThis tune has some quite obvious meanings and some quite obscure ideas

    fuck knows what the first two lines mean

    'i sent for juice you give me poison' he is in a club tripping on pills as the video clearly shows. i sent for juice (from the bar) you give me poison (booze)#

    i hold the line (at the bar) you form a queue (get the drinks) try anything hard (hard drugs) is there anything else you can do? (hard drugs)

    you were wet (sweating your tits off on the old dids)

    u used to speak the truth but now your clever (you used to chat shit when off your head, like me, but now your educated and i can no longer relate)

    ill continue this later mateees
    thatmcshufellaon March 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment14 Years old when I first heard this song in 1988 and my take on it, if you listen to the lyric:

    you were wet but you're getting dryer now,
    you used to speak the truth but now you're clever,
    you used to speak the truth but now you're liar.

    To me, this meant you're naive but you're learning.

    Looking at the other comments it's easy to see that people can relate with their own interpretation of the lyrics and sound of the Mondays,
    plateon March 26, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always guessed it was an idiot drug dealer or something
    "I order a line, you form a queue" as in a line of cocaine, but the dealer is an idiot so he forms a queue.
    I don't know, at least I commented on this class song.
    mdeaveson June 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts very flow of consciousness lyrics really, but its one thing, then the opposite, and sometimes cleverly worked.
    "You used to speak the truth
    but now you're clever"

    All the lyrics are obscured brilliantly by Martin Hannett, contrasting with John Cales sometimes grating production of Squirrel & G-Man.
    matthewsheffieldon July 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought this was about Tony Wilson
    fifijfolleon September 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics are inaccurate- it's "I hold the line"- like a soldier on the front line, dig? He's holding the line, everybody else just queues up. It's also "start to crack" not turn to crack. I'm assuming "now you lair" is a typo of "now you're a liar." Don't think it's "made of king" either, but I don't know for sure 'cause Shaun's a genius but he's also a fookin mushmouth of a singer... still, ya gotta love 'em.
    Lucky_16on December 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGOD, this is his greatest example of songwriting, really is.
    feel me loudon September 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe 'made of king line' should be 'made of gene'
    petey3jazzon October 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA. It's not "you keep on piling out, not pulling back", it's "you keep on piling on, not putting back".
    B. It's not "turn to crack" nor "start to crack", it's "tend to crack".
    C. Like said there, it's "you're not made of gene" instead of "you're not made of king" (don't know where you got that from)
    D. Also said before, it's not "order a line" it's "hold the line".
    Nailzon November 29, 2008   Link
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    General Commentand when its hot you start to melt (the old melting cheese face from swallowing too much diddleys) cos your not made of genes your made of chocolate (i think that is quite an artistic piece of imagery as me and my mates usually associate melting face with cheese which isnt quite as pleasant as chocolate!)

    when its cold u tend to crack (lips cracking)
    u keep on piling out but not putting back (you keep on being sick and not eating anything)

    for fuck sake people im a 17 year old a level student ive only heard this tune about 5 times and i understand it better than any of you lot
    thatmcshufellaon March 13, 2009   Link

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