I didn't find the lucky penny
So I flipped it over and
left it for some one else to find

And a dime just in time
for the little kid behind me to pick it up and yell:
Hey, mom! I found a dime!

Then I turned around corner
and I dropped another dollar
Just in case the street needed some more cash

In the end I made it home with nothing in my pockets
except some cigarettes and some stones

I pick 'em up when I go walking
Some are shiny, all are dirty
Some are just pebbels that might grow up to be stones

As an adult no one can stop you
from getting your hands dirty
When you're walking home alone

Then I saw a little black cat
cross the street before a fast cab
Flashed and disappeared into the night

He glanced back understanding
of a future life impending
And we both knew it wasn't his time yet

I didn't find the lucky penny
So I flipped it over and
left it for some one else to find

And a dime just in time
for the little kid behind me to pick it up and yell:
Hey, mom! I found a dime!

And a dime just in time
for the little kid behind me to pick it up and yell:
Hey, mom! I found a dime!

And a dime just time
to pick it up and yell:
Hey, mom! I found a dime!


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Lucky Penny song meanings
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    General CommentThis is really such a sweet, sweet song. It's got a nice literal story and a lovely melody, but I think it's also about the kindness humans are capable of. Doing something nice for other people, without expecting any type of reward, maybe even without the person you're helping having any kind of idea who you are or even that you helped them. It's a bit similar to "The Wallet," isn't it?

    And speaking of the song's literal meaning...the other day, my mom and I were walking outside of Stop & Shop, and all of a sudden, my mom bends over, and I almost trip over her. I ask her what she's doing, and she says she's flipping over an unlucky penny for someone else to find. I was like, "Oh, that reminds me of the Regina Spektor song!" And she said, "That's where I got the idea." So yes, there's my pointless story. In conclusion: it makes me happy that I got my mom into Regina :).
    just_old_lighton September 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:)
    CodyJakubowskion September 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti was sooo excited when i first heard this song, because I have always flipped unlucky pennies over and everyone thought it was a little weird of me to do... Then I heard this song and was sooooo happy.

    I haven't, however, emptied all the money from my pockets on my way home for other people to pick up... Only the super-kind-and-generous-and-lovely Regina Spektor could do that so willingly XD
    HulyeMajomon June 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLife is finite, it's end will come. Regina reminds us of this in her observation that the black cat is lucky to be alive, 'because it "wasn't his time YET."

    In this finite life, we seek joy, and joy can be found in simple "dirty" childish pursuits, such as picking up "pebbles" and "stones," which one can do as an adult, without a parent screeching about getting dirty hands.

    And Regina suggests also there is a simple joy, in giving simple pleasure and delight to others: by turning a penny from 'unlucky' tails to 'lucky' heads, which superstitious people will then find and consider lucky.

    And that joy of giving pleasure to others can be found also in providing a more substantial "dime" to a child who will value it much more than the adult dropping it, or even by dropping dollars to those who may need them more than you.

    This song is about how easy and how pleasurable it is to give pleasure to others in this brief time we have on earth. :)
    yhtrownuon June 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLol this might be strange of me but whenever I get gas and have a dollar or two left over I always leave the extra cash on the pump!
    panarowon May 06, 2010   Link

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