After 28 years in the service of the French electronic music duo, Daft Punk have decided to hang up their masks. The duo are known for producing some of the most iconic electronic and techno music of all time, and their track “One More Time” is honored on Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list. . Today, however, we are talking about an equally iconic track “Get Lucky”.
“Get Lucky” was released as the first single from Daft Punk’s fourth studio album “Random Access Memories” on April 19, 2013. The song is also a collaboration with legendary musicians Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
The song was a huge hit the world over. It has reached number one on the music charts in 32 countries around the world, including UK, South Africa, France, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Scotland, Norway, Italy and more. It also reached No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100. However, the song has its highest sales in the US, an estimated 3.4 million copies, followed by 1.4 million copies in the UK. Worldwide, the song has sold over 9 million copies.
The biggest honor for “Get Lucky”, however, was receiving the “Record of the Year” and “Best Performance in Duo / Pop Group” awards at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
Watch the “Get Lucky” video by Daft Punk Ft. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
“Get Lucky” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
“Get Lucky” is a very repetitive song, as is the nature of most of Daft Punk’s tracks. However, this is a repetitive song that you can continue to scramble for the 6 minutes.
Speaking of the song, Pharrell Williams revealed the idea behind “Get Lucky”;
Getting lucky isn’t just about sleeping with her, it’s about meeting someone for the first time and clicking. There is no better fortune in this life, for me.
Pharrell Williams brings in some interesting metaphors for talking about love or that initial spark between a brand new couple.
‘The legend of the phoenix’ is a reference to Greek mythology where the mythical and majestic creature phoenix is mentioned. It is said that the phoenix bird is reborn from its own ashes after burning until it is crispy after death.
Through this reference, Pharrell Williams talks about the circle of life, love and everything in between. The world has a strange way of working in cycles, repeating itself and continuing. He relates this idea to the universe by mentioning the planets rotating around the Sun. However, the answer to his metaphorical question of “What makes the planet go round? “ it’s love !
What / who set the whole world / universe in motion? Nobody knows. These are questions that are best left unresolved. However, we all have someone who can set our hearts in motion.
While these lyrics allude to the theme of love and relationships that run through the song, they also celebrate life in general.
We have gone too far
To give up what we are
In these words, “we” could be all of us. Pharrell is making a statement for all of us, to motivate us and cheer us up. These lines celebrate all that we have accomplished as individuals in life so far. The mere fact of surviving in this cruel and wicked world is reason enough to rejoice. And if you did it without hurting anyone else, you are a true champion of life. Everything we do, on a daily basis, is an investment to improve ourselves. So, today is not the day to let go of ourselves after so much time and effort invested in ourselves. Keep moving forward, soldiers!
These lines can also be linked to relationships. Pharrell says the couple have invested so much time and effort into each other that now is never the time to let go of the relationship.
“Raising the bar” is a metaphor to challenge yourself to be better all the time. The bar sets the standard. “Raising the Cups” is like a toast – a celebration of all we have achieved so far.
The song’s chorus follows a theme of romance and sex. ‘Get lucky’ is slang for having sex. The lyrics suggest that the two partners have the perfect chemistry between them and that they are up all night for action.
We’re up all night to be lucky
If we want to go further in these lyrics, we can relate them to the “secondary” theme of the song; celebration of life. Staying awake all night suggests grinding; the effort. Most would consider very successful people to be “lucky”. However, “luck” is no coincidence. “Luck” is the result of 90% hard work and a work ethic. The remaining 10% can be credited at sheer “luck”. So if one devotes his time to his work, his sleepless nights, he could really be “lucky” in life.
There is a simple pun in the lyrics of the second verse of “Get Lucky”. Pharrell talks about the gift that doesn’t have a ribbon on it; gift. The present is also the term used to describe “now”. Along with the theme of romance and sex, Pharrell Williams is really enjoying his time with this girl right now. For a; he also enjoys spending time with her; he’s about to sleep with her or have sex with her right now. So even though this “gift” doesn’t have a ribbon, he is quite happy with the time he spends with it.
Now comes several minutes of repeated chorus and pre-chorus until the end of the song. The rehearsals could have gone on forever, and we still would have danced throughout. That’s why this song is such an iconic electro-dance track from Daft Punk.
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And, goodbye Daft Punk. You will surely be missed…!
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