"Sister Luck" as written by and Christopher Mark/robinson Robinson....
Worried sick my eyes are hurting
To rest my head I'd take a life
Outside the girls are dancing
'Cause when you're down it just don't seem right

Feeling second fiddle to a dead man
Up to my neck with your disregard
Like a beat dog that's walking on the broadway
No one wants to hear you when you're down

Sister luck is screaming out
Somebody else's name
Sister luck is screaming out
Somebody else's name

A flip of a coin
Might make a head turn
No surprise, who sleeps
Held my hand over a candle
Flame burnin' but I never weep

Sister luck is screaming out
Somebody else's name
Sister luck is screaming out
Somebody else's name

What a shame

Sister luck is screaming out
Somebody else's name
Sister luck is screaming out
Somebody else's name


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"Sister Luck" as written by Christopher Mark Robinson Chris Robinson

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    General CommentThis is no doubt one of my favorite crowes songs

    This song is about making it though a tough time or depression.
    "Sister luck is screaming out some body else's name" is in reference
    to good things only happen for others not you.

    "Worried sick my eyes are hurting" This means he stays up thinking about his problems and his eyes hurt from being tired."To rest my head I'd take a life" means he would do about anything to have his burdens lifted from him.
    The burdens in his life have consumed his thoughts and he can't sleep.

    "Outside the girls are dancing" means the people around you seem
    to be happy in spite of your condition."Feeling second fiddle to a dead man
    Up to my neck with your disregard" . I think this would mean that you're
    sad and or depressed and others don't seem to acknowledge ,understand,or
    maybe don't care at all about what you're dealing with(whatever that my be).

    "Like a beat dog that's walking on the Broadway. No one wants to hear you when you're down".This to me means that overall people will treat you badly or not listen to you when you're powerless and beat down.Often times people will turn their heads away from a beat dog walking down the Broadway because it's not their pain, problem,or maybe they really don't care."
    "A flip of a coin Might make a head turn No surprise, who sleeps".This means that people might not really care enough to lose sleep over your problems because your pain is far removed from their reality.
    "A flip of a coin might make their head turn" can also mean that most people see more value in your money or what you can do for them then they see in you as a person. (when I lived in my car and was homeless I really found out quickly who my friends were and the people that was only fair weather acquaintances).

    "Held my hand over a candle Flame burnin' but I never weep"
    This means that no matter how bad things hurt weeping in self pity
    won't solve the problem. more or less the burnin is a part of life that
    all of us need to deal with and grow tolerant to accepting as
    being human.Taking the pain without pulling back from the flame
    is like dealing with problems with out giving up.

    well written song that has the ability to relate to the listeners pains
    starbridgeon March 16, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno comments?? *cry* shake ur money maker was the best bc cd ever, and the black crowes are my fave band...all the songs r good
    munch_49337on July 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah I agree, every song is imaculate. Every lick is right on and Crhis robinsons voice is Amazing
    mojoman557on October 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song illustrates to me the image of Robinson looking at an aspect of his life from a view other than first person. Endless days, the wear and tear of your own personal hangups mixed with the subjection to typical attitudes of the life of a member of a rock band seem to speak loud in this song. I can't help but picture a lone man sitting alone in a darkened window, peering outside at a sunny day where everyone else is having fun, laughing, and enjoying themselves, while the lone man sits with a void stare at them, contemplating why he isn't outside with them, however he can't seem to find the answer(s). So many stereotypes of a non-stop lifestyle are present in this song to me. "Held my hand over a candle
    Flame burnin' but I never weep" tells me of an absolute "crashing" of the human body after so much. Suppose he is saying the lifestyle he has chosen is great...for a while. Then, you need some downtime, you need to be that lone man in the window to attempt to find solitude in order to get your priorities in line. This song is writhing full of a depresive mood, right down to the lone chords that slash through the introduction, before the other instruments begin to play. However, I choose not to call this a simplistic "depression" song, or a "bad day" song, simply because of who wrote this. This was performed by one of the most noted "party bands" of all time, and I think that this song says a whole lot more than just describing a feeling. It instead shakes you, saying "listen to me, don't just hear me". Remember this is my own personal feeling toward the song.
    andyw513on June 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSister Luck seems to ALWAYS scream out someone else's name! In my world anyway.
    FreezeSukkaon January 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGod this is such a great song. It's gotten me through so many tough times. In the darkest of times its like someone reminding you that others have been there too.
    CRMANon February 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIts not " to rest my head i'd take a life". its always sounded like and, even when i really listen closely to it, still sounds like " to rest my head i'll take a lie". It also makes a lot more sense, both in the words and in what he is trying to express , that he is worried sick and he'll think whatever he has to think even if its lie because outside is life in the world where the girls are dancing adn he has to be there with others, not down. and worried sick..
    maria11448on April 28, 2017   Link
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    General CommentAm i wrong? i don't have the lyrics .
    maria11448on April 29, 2017   Link

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