"A Stroke Of Luck" as written by Shirley Ann Manson, Bryan David Vig, Douglas Elwin Erickson and Steve W Marker....
Hanging by threads of palest silver
I could have stayed that way forever
Bad blood and ghosts wrapped tight around me
Nothing could ever seem to touch me
I lose what I love most
Did you know I was lost until you found me?

A stroke of luck or a gift from god?
The hand of fate or devil's claws?
From below or saints above
You came to me
Here comes the cold again
I feel it closing in
It's falling down and all around me, falling

You say that you'll be there to catch me
Or will you only try to trap me?
These are the rules I make
Our chains were meant to break, you'll never change me

Here comes the cold again
I feel it closing in
You're falling down and all around me, falling
Stroke of luck or a gift from god?
Hand of fate or devil's claws?
From below or saints above, you come to me now

Don't ask me why
Don't even try

A stroke of luck or a gift from god?
The hand of fate or devil's claws?
From below or saints above
You came to me
Here comes the cold again
I feel it closing in
It's falling down and all around me, falling
Falling
Falling
Falling
Falling
Falling
Falling
Falling
Falling
Falling
Falling


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"A Stroke of Luck" as written by Shirley Ann Manson Douglas Elwin Erickson

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    General CommentThis song kicked off a huge turning point for me while in high school. After discovering Garbage, they quickly became my favorite band solely based on the music. Then I looked at Shirley Manson a little more closely and felt I had finally found someone who could understand me (not ME personally as I've never met her but you get the drift). This song was one of my favorites and one day during history class, everyone was chit-chatting; I think the teacher had left the room, or something, I don't know. Anyway everyone was just socializing with each other. Me having no friends, I had my trusty notebook out and I decided to write down the lyrics of this song.

    When I was about halfway finished, this hip-hoppy-type girl snatched up the notebook and started reading it out loud. She didn't know who Garbage was, and she thought this was MY poetry that I had written. When she finished reading everyone looked at me as if I was about to pull a knife out and cut my wrists or something. They all told me I was messed up in the head and had issues. I opened my mouth to say "That's not even mine, that's just a song I like" but decided to say "now that you know how messed up I am, what do you think I do to people who take my stuff without permission?"

    In other words, I was flattered to be ridiculed by such shallow people for enjoying something so deep and beautiful. This incident circulated the school in the form of gossip and of course it got stretched into something bigger. But I didn't care. From then on people treated me differently. This song still brings back that proud memory.
    RedDollShoeson August 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's when you're really vulnerable and depressed and someone comes into your life. Although they might make you feel good and seem ok you are unsure whether they are good or bad and scared that they are going to hurt you eventually.
    "Here comes the cold again
    I feel it closing in "
    This could be the uncertainty and negativity that goes through your mind and stops you from being happy.
    DravensMaidenon October 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the music of this song, and I love the meaning. This is my second favorite song of Garbage's, one I heard only recently, but love. This song is about a relationship that you are not sure of, one that could have both good and bad implications. At the point of needing your saviour you get one-but is this person really your saviour or is something negative going on here? If you need help, and help comes, the way that help comes generally seems good. It seems like it's your ''stroke of luck''. But is it too good to be true? The world is full of those seeking the innocent for less than innocent purposes. Whether in a lover or a friend who saves you there sometimes seems to be devious motives. I was in a situation like that once, where someone saved me and seemed too good to be true. I believed and still believe this person to be genuine but
    Can I ever be sure? I didn't have a second opinion and still don't. But if you analyze things and they seem right, then believe that. Sometimes, things happen that are magic, not fake.''Never trust anyone'' is a good motto,though. Dravensmaiden's comments on this song were excellant.
    summer girlon August 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song I think is pretty obviously about being in love with someone who has perhaps and unclean past, if we want to take the other side in the "I was a player, but now I love you! I swear!" type of song... some of Shirley's more poetic work, I'm in love with this song....
    vapidon April 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's like she's insecure and wants to believe he loves her, but there's always doubt in her mind...beautiful song
    Kezon June 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite songs. It's about a love/hate relationship with someone.
    Rikoon July 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the music in this song. It's like a dark cloak you can wrap around you.
    calystoon January 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPlain and simple, it means she is unsure about a relationship and doesn't know if he will only trap her.
    BlueWaterFox93on August 03, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've been adding this song to my playlist every time I change the music on my cell. Only recently has it really started speaking to me, loving someone, feeling lonely at the same time... The sting of betrayal and all that crap...
    Jay81on July 13, 2015   Link

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