He had white horses
And ladies by the score
All dressed in satin
And waiting by the door

Oooh, what a lucky man he was

White lace and feathers
They made up his bed
A gold covered mattress
On which he was laid

He went to fight wars
For his country and his king
Of his honor and his glory
The people would sing

A bullet had found him
His blood ran as he cried
No money could save him
So he laid down and he died

Lyrics submitted by thedanman344

Lucky Man song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentIt's about the harsh realities of life, and just being born on third base doesn't mean you hit a triple, or that you'll make it home.
    inpraiseoffollyon September 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI discovered this song during the 80's when my sister worked in a hospital. She had occasion to visit the hospital morgue (in the basement) and told me a few strange, sad tales. For some reason, I got those tales of the morgue associated with this song and every time I hear it, I think "morgue". Sort of a good morgue song, if you must have one... I'm sure, one day, when I'm laying in a morgue, I'll have this song stuck in my head.
    ricksacuraon April 22, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationWhile I can relate to this song as something about being chances and the harsh reality of life, I think you can interpret this song as something very anti-modern. In present times, no one will go to fight for glory. This seems for the most people just stupid. But there where other times when you did go to battle to earn something, and make some experiences, that are just worth living, even if you'll die in these events eventually.
    So to me, "Lucky Man" is about that. You can read it in the lyrics, if you like, but more importantly, it's in the music and the general more happy and melancholicly tone of it.
    Dohleon August 08, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow is it that no one has commented before now?
    Is this not an awesome song?
    The guitar in this song is great.
    Major Valoron August 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, it is a pretty cool song.

    And there's a comment for you.
    inpraiseoffollyon September 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest on the album.
    inpraiseoffollyon September 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a man who has pretty much everything he wants, but in the end, no amount of happiness or wealth can save you from the scorn of war.
    thedanman344on September 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts amazing... end of ;D
    Purple139on May 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, I'm surprised on how nearly no one seems to be commenting on this band. It's a shame!... Then again, Britney Spears has a huge fan base... I guess that's a compliment to ELP!
    Themactatoron July 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI remember when this song came out and a local radio station in Texas had a special obout JFK on the anniversary of his death. They played this song. It made my Mom cry. It does kinda fit the whole Camelot of the JFK era.
    jugheadchadon September 30, 2007   Link

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