Originally written by Robert Lee Castleman in the first person....
You're the lucky one, so I've been told
As free as the wind, blowin' down the road
Loved by many, hated by none
I'd say you were lucky, 'cause I know what you've done
Not a care in the world, not a worry in sight
Everything's gonna' be alright, 'Cause you're the lucky one

You're the lucky one, always havin' fun
A jack-of-all-trades, a master of none
You look at the world with a smilin' eye
And laugh at the Devil as his train rolls by
Give you a song and a one-night-stand
You'll be lookin' at a happy man, 'cause you're the lucky one
Well you're blessed, I guess
By never knowin' which road you're choosin'
To you the next best thing to playin' and winnin' is playin' and losin'

You're the lucky one, I know that now
Don't ask you why, when, where or how
You look at the world through your smilin' eye
And laugh at the Devil as his train rolls by
Give you a song and a one-night-stand
And you'll be lookin' at a happy man, 'Cause you're the lucky one

Well you're blessed, I guess
By never knowin' which road you're choosin'
To you the next best thing to playin' and winnin' is playin' and losin'

You're the lucky one, I know that now
Don't ask you why, when, where or how
No mattter where you're at, that's where you'll be
You can bet your love won't follow me
Just give you a song and a one-night-stand
You'll be lookin' at a happy man, 'cause you're the lucky one


Lyrics submitted by Tornadic, edited by Sunrays

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    General CommentThis song is about the sadness, or perhaps jealousy, that a conservative person may feel by observing a 'free spirit'. Also, it's about the person knowing the free spirit will never be in their life very long because of his restlessness.
    leighannh2on May 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about people who leave and she's the one who was left. I'm a wildland firefighter so during the summer i'm always leaving to go to fires unexpectedly. It is always a lot harder on the people who stay in their normal lives, I'm lucky because I'm seeing exciting new stuff and so think about it less. That's what I think this song is about. The person who leaves is lucky because he doesn't think about leaving, he just goes.
    amm4sfon October 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song is meant to be ironic. She does not really believe the person she is singing about is lucky. She is talking about a shallow life devoid of real love that drifts from song to song, one night stand to one night stand. "Well you're blessed, I guess" Behind the irony she is saying the person is cursed by their emotional immaturity and inability to love another.
    Roghozinon September 16, 2011   Link
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    General Commentmore people need to comment on this song b/c it is just amazing, her voice is sooo sweet and compares to nobody right now.
    thekep1014on June 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so great. this is what music is missing. AK and US are great musicians.
    Braglotson November 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI ♥♥♥ this song. It's WONDERFUL.

    A full 5*s, seriously.

    And I agree with leighannh2.
    PrincessLyron March 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful. It seems as if she's standing on the sidelines and envying the free spirited lifestyle of someone else.
    csckim2001on March 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit seems to me like she i singing about someone who has either moved on from her or who is too free-spirited to fall in love...

    "You can bet your love won't follow me
    Just give you a song and a one-night-stand
    You'll be lookin' at a happy man, 'cause you're the lucky one"

    the one-night-stand part is the biggest indication for me, since the guy seems to just be satisfied drifting around instead of settling. i can't tell if she is envious of the way that person is though
    maymyhearton June 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI have always liked this song, for very personal reasons.

    I agree with amm4sf and maymyheart.
    From my perspective it's about being left.
    There are people who love too much and stay, and there are people who are satisfied with a one-night stand and the excitement of moving on from there to someone new.

    I am one of those who stays and holds on, and I know far too many of the lucky ones who can quickly move on and leave behind.
    Shades_Of_Greyon July 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSome people are just born with that certain "it"- a collection of talents and gifts that allow them to move slowly through life, seemingly never struggling and always happy. Being that way, there's no reason for worry- you're blessed enough the life will float you on down the river without your concern, and it won't ensnare you at any point.

    I guess we all wish we were that person.

    I don't see any evidence in the song to indicate anything more than that.
    OldSouthon February 21, 2010   Link

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