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Get Lucky
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Get Lucky

Daft Punk
Album:
Random Access Memories

Song Meaning of Get Lucky by Daft Punk, and what it is about


Once Pharrell Williams agreed to record with Daft Punk on their fourth album, he mentioned that he has been thinking about Nile Rodgers musically, coincidently the French duo had a track they had made already with Rodgers himself performing. The track was “Get Lucky”.


"Get Lucky" is a song written and performed by French electronic music duo Daft Punk featuring American musicians Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.


Daft Punk released the song as the lead single from their fourth and final studio album, Random Access Memories in 2013.


Before its release as a single, the song was featured in advertisements broadcast during Saturday Night Live, after which Rodgers and Williams announced their involvement in the track.


The track with lyrics that, according to Williams, are about the good fortune of connecting with someone, as well as sexual chemistry.


"Get Lucky" has since received acclaim from critics, with a number of them praising Williams's vocals and Rodgers's guitar licks.


The song reached number one in several countries, including Daft Punk's native France.


It peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks, giving Daft Punk their first top-10 hit in the United States.


In the UK, the single topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks and was the second best-selling single of 2013.


The song won multiple awards, including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.


Daft Punk first met American guitarist Nile Rodgers at a listening party in New York City for the duo's 1997 debut album Homework, and became friends thereafter.


However, Rodgers noted that a series of near misses and scheduling conflicts had delayed their chance of collaborating. The duo eventually invited him to the Random Access Memories sessions at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.


Pharrell Williams was interested in working with Daft Punk; he had first heard about the project from Daft Punk at one of Madonna's parties, and offered his services for a collaboration.


He had joked that, "If you just want me to play tambourine, I'll do it." The duo and Williams later met in Paris, where he shared some of his own material; Williams explained that he had been inspired by Rodgers without knowing that Daft Punk had coincidentally been recording with him.


As a member of The Neptunes production team, Williams had previously provided a remix of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" that appeared on the 2003 album Daft Club.


Daft Punk also served as co-writers and producers for the 2010 single "Hypnotize U" by N.E.R.D., Williams's band


"Get Lucky" was completed in approximately 18 months. Prior to Rodgers's involvement, the song existed in a rough form.


After listening to Daft Punk's demo of what would become "Get Lucky", Rodgers asked that all of the elements except the drum track be muted so that he could create a suitable guitar part; he recalled that he experimented until the duo were visibly pleased.


Once Rodgers finished, Daft Punk had Nathan East re-record the bass part to fit Rodgers's performance.

Williams noted that the duo adopted a perfectionist approach when recording the vocals for "Get Lucky", as he was asked to perform several takes and multiple instances of specific phrases.[


He also said that when he returned to the United States after recording his vocals, he had "forgotten everything" regarding the composition of "Get Lucky".


He attributed it to jet lag, but jokingly wondered if Daft Punk had tampered with his memory.


The duo responded, saying that Williams's lyrics and performance had arisen spontaneously, and was likely the reason he had trouble recalling the song.


Lyrics of Get Lucky by Daft Punk


Like the legend of the Phoenix

All ends with beginnings

What keeps the planets spinning (uh)

The force from the beginning

 

(Look)

 

We've come too far to give up who we are

So let's raise the bar and our cups to the stars

 

She's up all night to the sun

I'm up all night to get some

She's up all night for good fun

I'm up all night to get lucky

 

We're up all night to the sun

We're up all night to get some

We're up all night for good fun

We're up all night to get lucky

 

We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky

 

The present has no ribbon

Your gift keeps on giving,

What is this I'm feeling?

If you wanna leave I'm with it (ah)

 

We've come too far to give up who we are

So let's raise the bar and our cups to the stars

 

She's up all night to the sun

I'm up all night to get some

She's up all night for good fun

I'm up all night to get lucky

 

We're up all night to the sun

We're up all night to get some

We're up all night for good fun

We're up all night to get lucky

 

We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky

 

(We're up all night to get

We're up all night to get

We're up all night to get

We're up all night to get)

 

(We're up all night to get (together)

We're up all night to get (let's get funked again)

We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky)

 

(We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky)

 

(We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky

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We've (we're up all night to get lucky)

Come too far (we're up all night to get lucky)

To give up (we're up all night to get lucky)

Who we are (we're up all night to get lucky)

So let's (we're up all night to get lucky)

Raise the bar (we're up all night to get lucky)

And our cups (we're up all night to get lucky)

To the stars (we're up all night to get lucky)

 

She's up all night to the sun

I'm up all night to get some

She's up all night for good fun

I'm up all night to get lucky

 

We're up all night to the sun

We're up all night to get some

We're up all night for good fun

We're up all night to get lucky

 

We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky

 

We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky

We're up all night to get lucky


Release Date

2013

Songwriter/s

Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams

Producer/s

Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo

Label/s

Daft Life, Columbia

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