Luck

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"Luck" is a song written by Zachary Barnett, David Rublin, Matthew Sanchez and James Shelley of American indie rock band American Authors, co-written with producers Aaron Accetta and Shep Goodman. The song was originally recorded for their debut extended play, American Authors, and appears as the third track on the EP. The track later appeared as the fourth track on their debut studio album Oh, What a Life. The song was released by Island Records in Canada as a one-track single on March 3, 2014, becoming the fourth single by the band and the second release promoting Oh, What a Life, after "Trouble".  


Year:
2013
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How can we make amends when we said all we said?
I call and you don't pick up
How can I say instead that I hope it's for the best?
I won't, and I won't give up

I'm sorry, Mother
I know I let you down
I'm sorry for how I up and left this town

How can we push aside all the bad and make it right
Now you got me all choked up
I'm sorry, brother
I know I let you down
I'm sorry for how I up and left this town
Please just listen 'cause I don't ask for much
I am my own man, I make my own luck

How can we both pick sides when we know nothing's right?
Open up the door that's shut
How can I have my pride and drink away my soul tonight?
Sorrow's filling up my cup

I'm sorry, father
I know I let you down
I'm sorry for how I up and left this town
Please just listen 'cause I don't ask for much
I am my own man, I make my own luck

Well some birds aren't meant to be caged
And I just can't see the light of day

Please forgive me I can't remember
Please forgive me, no one is calling
Please forgive me, I can't believe it
No

Gonna pick myself up, so I don't let this ever grow
Even if I mess up, I won't let this ever go
It's hard to stay
It's hard to stay
'Cause some birds aren't meant to be caged

How can I set us free?
I'm what you taught me to be
Shouldn't that be enough?
It's time that we make amends
Let's forget the things we said
You know we were all just stuck

I'm sorry, mother
I know I let you down
I'm sorry, father
I didn't stick around
Please just listen 'cause I don't ask for much
I am my own man, I make my own luck
Please just listen 'cause I don't ask for much
Just like my old man, I make my own luck

And some birds aren't meant to be caged
And some just won't see the light of day

Please forgive me I can't remember
Please forgive me, no one is calling
Please forgive me, I can't believe it
No

Gonna pick myself up, so I don't let this ever grow
Even if I mess up, I won't let this ever go
It's hard to stay
It's hard to stay
'Cause some birds aren't meant to be caged

Please just listen 'cause I don't ask for much
I am my own man, I make my own luck
Please just listen 'cause I don't ask for much
I am my own man, I make my own luck

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American Authors

American Authors is an American rock band based in New York City currently signed to Island Records. It currently consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Zac Barnett, lead guitarist and banjoist James Adam Shelley, bassist Dave Rublin, and drummer Matt Sanchez. They are best known for their hit singles "Believer" and "Best Day of My Life" from their debut album Oh, What a Life, as well as their Top 20 hit, "Go Big or Go Home", from their second album, What We Live For. more »

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Written by: Aaron Accetta, David Rublin, James Shelley, Matthew Sanchez, Shep Goodman, Zachary Barnett

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15 facts about this song

Song's Origin
"Luck" is a song by the American rock band American Authors.
Album Release
The song is included in their debut album “Oh, What a Life” which was released in March 2014.
Band Members
The band members who contributed to this song are Zac Barnett, James Adam Shelley, Dave Rublin, and Matt Sanchez.
Song's Genre
"Luck" falls under the genre of alternative rock and indie rock.
Song Composition
"Luck" sticks to the band's favorable use of banjos and mandolins, its presence makes the song uniquely fresh against other alternative rock tracks.
Chart Performance
Though not a chart-topper like their lead single, "Best Day of My Life", "Luck" helped solidify the band's foothold in the indie rock scene.
Lyrics Significance
The lyrics of "Luck" explore themes of perseverance and the ups and downs of life, something that resonates with many of their fans.
Live Performances
The song is a favorite during live performances, often getting the crowd to sing along, demonstrating its popularity among fans.
Critical Reception
While not universally acclaimed, "Luck" received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its uplifting sound and message.
Band's Recognition
"Luck" has significantly contributed to the overall success of American Authors, helping to establish their musical style and sound.
Inspirational Message
Many fans have interpreted the song as a motivational anthem, highlighting the importance of luck in achieving success.
Music Video
As of now, there's no official music video for "Luck" unlike some of the other songs from the same album.
Songwriting Process
In multiple interviews, American Authors have discussed their collaborative songwriting process, through which songs like "Luck" come about.
Audience Appeal
The song appeals to a broad audience due to its catchy tune, meaningful lyrics, and the band's engaging performance.
Global Impact
"Luck" and the album "Oh, What a Life" have enabled American Authors to reach a global audience.

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