My whole saturday and sunday too
I was thinking about ways not to lose
I lay down my weapons is what I've done
Too late to hide, feet too soft to run
But people say I'm the luckiest man
Yeah they say

Running is useless and fighting is foolish
You're not gonna win but still you're the luckiest man you're up against
And too many horses and mysterious forces
What you don't know is you are the luckiest man
You're the luckiest man

I done talked to the devil when he calls my name
But sometimes when I'm losing it all seems the same
And when I fall I'm back up again
Just to slip on the same mistakes and slide right back in
But people say I'm the luckiest man
Yeah they say,

Running is useless and fighting is foolish
You're not gonna win but still you're the luckiest man you're up against
And too many horses and mysterious forces
What you don't know is you are the luckiest man
You're the luckiest man

Try to keep my faith and keep my mind
Hate to lose either one when the whip cracks behind
And I can't help but mourning just a little each night
People say everything is gonna be alright
They say I'm the luckiest man
Yeah they say,

That running is useless and fighting is foolish
You're not gonna win but still you're the luckiest man you're up against
And too many horses and mysterious forces
What you don't know is you are the luckiest man
You're the luckiest man
You're the luckiest man


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    General CommentCould be a reference to Lou Gehrig? Google luckiest man you'll see what I mean.

    Lou Gehrig's Disease or ALS has no known cause = mysterious forces.

    Up against too many horses = Eventually most people with ALS are not able to stand or walk, get in or out of bed on their own, use their hands and arms, or communicate. In later stages of the disease, individuals have difficulty breathing as the muscles of the respiratory system weaken.

    Running is useless, and fighting is foolish = Although respiratory support can ease problems with breathing and prolong survival, it does not affect the progression of ALS. Most people with ALS die from respiratory failure, usually within three to five years from the onset of symptoms.

    Your not gonna win = There is no cure for ALS.
    bcessnaon April 05, 2012   Link
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    General Commentthank you for this comment, great song even without knowing this, but this makes it even better. Life is full of challenges and our outlook/mind is our own best friend ....or enemy through it all
    riteron October 02, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about how sometimes we get so caught up in our own battles that we fail to realize how much we have going great in our life. Our toughest battle is ourselves. We can't run or fight that. We just need to step back and realize that and then we will see how lucky we are....
    telerunneron October 26, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about someone who battles depression. People say he's the luckiest man, maybe because they are either encouraging him or to them, his life seems quite nice. But to himself he's constantly thinking of ways not to lose. He doubts himself a lot. He is almost jovial about how people says he's the luckiest man. If you, as most people have, gone through depression you know no one quite "gets it" and it can even be laughable at times.
    sheltonhon May 25, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI love the thoughts on the meaning of the song. My own opinion is that it is about addiction. I think that that first verse is talking about surrendering to addiction. In the as/na big books the first steps are admitting to being powerless, accepting that I am an addict, and surrending to it. It makes sense for the chorus. You cant fight addiction and beat it, or ever beat it, but to speak in a white knuckle sort of way. Just a thought. Thanks, friends for letting me share.
    Tshea0385on April 16, 2017   Link

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