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The Verve — Lucky Man
Album: Urban Hymns
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Released: 1997
Length: 4:45
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Happiness
More or less
It's just a change in me
Something in my liberty
Oh, my, my
Happiness
Coming and going
I watch you look at me
Watch my fever growing
I know just where I am
But how many corners do I have to turn?
How many times do I have to learn
All the love I have is in my mind?

Well, I'm a lucky man
With fire in my hands

Happiness
Something in my own place
I'm standing naked
Smiling, I feel no disgrace
With who I am

Happiness
Coming and going
I watch you look at me
Watch my fever growing
I know just who I am

But how many corners do I have to turn?
How many times do I have to learn
All the love I have is in my mind?

I hope you understand
I hope you understand

Gotta love that'll never die

Happiness
More or less
It's just a change in me
Something in my liberty
Happiness
Coming and going
I watch you look at me
Watch my fever growing
I know
Oh, my, my
Oh, my, my
Oh, my, my
Oh, my, my

Gotta love that'll never die
Gotta love that'll never die
No, no
I'm a lucky man

It's just a change in me
Something in my liberty
It's just a change in me
Something in my liberty
It's just a change in me
Something in my liberty
Oh, my, my
Oh, my, my
It's just a change in me
Something in my liberty
Oh, my, my
Oh, my, my
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If you eliminated Bittersweet Symphony, so many people wouldn't know the Verve.  And they made some incredible music...and Richard Ashcroft has arguably made some ever better music  (BTW - some epic mixes/re-mixes are out there too).  
Time-machine song! So many changes, so much water under the bridge (and, to quote Dylan, Lotta other stuff, too...) since this amazing jam. I admit, it's highly illogical, Captain, but it appears that one must keep on dancing.
 aspicer wrote:

Ah - always good for the Soul; now a classic.



Indeed our friend, balm for the soul.
Ah - always good for the Soul; now a classic.
 scrubbrush wrote:

If this isn't their best song , I'm going to have to go back and listen to their early catalog... because this is, and always has been, my favorite song on the Urban Hymns album.


YES! 
this one and "This Time" are my favs on this album. i have a ton of their cds as well as ashcroft's releases. i just loved this time period of music. it opened my eyes to a lot and i know i'm sentimental about it because of what was happening in my life personally...music really can take you vividly back in time.
Of course I understand mate, you're not exactly Wittgenstein are you. Nice three chords though, why not drone that root note again.

Yeah, don't get it. Arranger did well.
Sold gold classic album - they still had high quality tracks prior to this album though - check out History and Already There 👍
Good Tune!
Still love this song...... in a much different place in my life but still resonates. Thankful for my family!
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
Not the best Verve song, but one of the great intros to any song ever.
 
If this isn't their best song , I'm going to have to go back and listen to their early catalog... because this is, and always has been, my favorite song on the Urban Hymns album.
This was such a great album.
love this one{#Roflol}
One of the best rock stage shows I ever saw was The Verve 'reunion' at Coachella, IIRC 2008-ish... Their musicianship was outstanding, fine tone and great sound. People in the crowd were standing there with tears rolling down their faces, this Bear included. They did  'Lucky Man' and it was so deep and sweet... Quite the band. 
Absolutely love this song.  Repetitive at the end but the intro and first 3 minutes or so is fantastic.   
 Kaisersosay wrote:
Change your mind, change your life....cliche yes,,,,,true yes

Tired of being the life of the party?
Change your shorts, change your life, change your life
Change into a nine-year-old Hindu boy, get rid of your wife,



Not the best Verve song, but one of the great intros to any song ever.
 akstephens wrote:
Great song, but it is the way the whole album flows seamlessly together that really impresses me. Few albums do that these days.
 
Agreed completely, to the point that I only listen to the album in its entirety. I think it's officially in my top 10 now. 👍
Synth80s wrote:
One of my top 25 all time albums, verging on top 10. These songs perfectly captured where my mind was almost (gulp) 20 years ago. Excellent end to end...

  What! Is the album really that old? Egads, now I feel old. It still has that new freshness for me, and I suppose it always will. 


Great song, but it is the way the whole album flows seamlessly together that really impresses me. Few albums do that these days.
First time hearing this song. First impression was ho-hum but gradually grew to Most Excellent.
One of my top 25 all time albums, verging on top 10. These songs perfectly captured where my mind was almost (gulp) 20 years ago. Excellent end to end...
Ah great memories. Not heard this for ages and had kinda forgotten about The Verve. Much underrated and overshadowed by Oasis to my mind
Image result for the verve lucky man gif
The nasal whiny thing should have been buried with Oasis
Such a wonderful tune and not heard it in a while - amazing band!
 phlattop wrote:
torino390 wrote:
Urban Hymns has to be in your collection, simples.

 
Yes!!!

great set here:
Delays-Wanderlust
The Sundays-Here's where the story ends
Verve
Pirate moon-Thea Gilmore. Good but not on the level of the last 2
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds-Shoot Me down

 
the timing of this set tonight....Bill, you're killing me here. I was just about to turn on Game of Thrones and then this set started. {#Good-vibes}
The North must wait.
good track
Urban Hymns has to be in your collection, simples.
..nicely vervish thank you {#Wink}
 Windspirit wrote:
Love this song...... :-)

 
This^  11 for sure.
Love this song...... :-)
 Kaisersosay wrote:
Change your mind, change your life....cliche yes,,,,,true yes

 
There's often a reason that cliche's become cliche'.
Change your mind, change your life....cliche yes,,,,,true yes
 Cynaera wrote:
Bittersweet Symphony would go well after this song... {#Yes}

 
I didn't know they had any other songs.


 1wolfy wrote:
 Yes..I do understand. Lazarus wrote:



love this song...


"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes."  —Charles R. Swindoll
 



 



 
Yes this is absolutely true.   Call it attitude, call it state of mind ..... but it is a choice.   How we react and choose what to focus upon is our choice.   And the better we choose the better we BE.  Try it and see.  And have fun doing it {#Meditate}
11
Harp, harp, harp.  Try something new.
 Yes..I do understand. Lazarus wrote:



love this song...


"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes."  —Charles R. Swindoll
 



 


 oceansurf wrote:
Unfortunately, all I can hear is "Down by the riverrrr" by Neil Young..

 
Sounds to me like he owns a whole bunch of Billy Joel albums too.
Unfortunately, all I can hear is "Down by the riverrrr" by Neil Young..
 fredriley wrote:
Personally I prefer Greg Lake's (of ELP fame/infamy) Lucky Man to The Verve, who to my jaded ears have rather lost the vervaciousness (is that a word?) they used to have. 4 from the Nottingham jury.

 
Shame on you Fred!



love this song...


"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes."  —Charles R. Swindoll
 


I never seem to get tired of hearing this...very nice in every way...
Luv a good Richard Ashcroft rock ballad - strings included. {#Hearteyes} 
I have to admit my knowledge of The Verve has pretty much been limited to Bittersweet Symphony.

This is quite nice - a solid 7 - which is good enough. 
 Cynaera wrote:
Bittersweet Symphony would go well after this song... {#Yes}
 

I agree...

miss you...
 
Happiness
More or less
It's just a change in me
Something in my liberty.

10/10 

Personally I prefer Greg Lake's (of ELP fame/infamy) Lucky Man to The Verve, who to my jaded ears have rather lost the vervaciousness (is that a word?) they used to have. 4 from the Nottingham jury.
 AMEN   !!   FamilyMan wrote:


Thank Him for luck?  Perhaps not.  For His blessing, definitely!

Still, nice music.
 


10
 Moaner wrote:
Yes I am.....................a lucky man.

Got to remember to thank THE MAN for that.

 

Thank Him for luck?  Perhaps not.  For His blessing, definitely!

Still, nice music.
 Moaner wrote:
Yes I am.....................a lucky man.

Got to remember to thank THE MAN for that.

 

The Man... you're talkin' about Bill, yeah?
Brilliant song!  Such a wonderful and under-rated band.
This song makes me feel lucky!
wow, I'm pretty sure this had radio play as that is how I know it.
 
Why the hell did this not get radio play??  This 10 times that other crummy song!
Wait, sorry forgot.  Only RP plays the good stuff.  Thank you RP, like my Bose headphones you never disappoint 

 
Yes I am.....................a lucky man.

Got to remember to thank THE MAN for that.

I enjoy hearing this over the more popular tune of theirs. Thanks RP.{#Eek}
Once again , Thank you for raising my mood on a Friday morning,,,,,,,
Thanks for raising my mood on a Monday morning, now I am a happy man.  
 prickelpit96 wrote:
Great song that perfectly meets my mood today. {#Meditate}
 
Ditto
This song was about 10 years ahead of its time.  Awesome!
How weird. I was just thinking of this song yesterday and dreaded digging up the CD from my overstuffed basement. Haven't heard it in over a decade.
I was in the kitchen listening to this song and it just drew me in to the living room to give it a 9 and kick  it up a few notches on the volume.
 Cynaera wrote:
I'm pretty sure that if I hear this song one more time, I'll be forced to bump it to a 9.  Yeah, I really like it a lot. The Verve are/were an amazing band, far ahead of their time, in retro- spect. {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Sunny}
 
 second that. just bumped it up and the speakers went up a notch (or a few) as well {#Music}
{#Daisy}
 kaybee wrote:
Actually, I believe it was a sheep-man, but yes that scene was quite a shocker and stayed with me as well!
  Aha, nice to see someone knew what I was on about.  My bet's still on pig-man, however.  ; )

 On_The_Beach wrote:

The pig-man still haunts me.

 
Actually, I believe it was a sheep-man, but yes that scene was quite a shocker and stayed with me as well!

 Cynaera wrote:
I'm pretty sure that if I hear this song one more time, I'll be forced to bump it to a 9.  Yeah, I really like it a lot. The Verve are/were an amazing band, far ahead of their time, in retro- spect. {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Sunny}
 
bumping it, I agree !
This song makes me think of... me.
for some reason I don't like this song - the more I hear it the more I understand it is the vocals... don't like the sound of voice of the singer, it is really annoying.
Nice!!
The "reunion" at Coachella '08 was one of the better rock concerts I ever heard. The Verve's players had matured and broadened therir sensibility far beyond the relatively canned-sounding, highly processed studio stuff, They were very well received.
 kaybee wrote:

 
The pig-man still haunts me.

V-Nice this morning in Colorado.....
Like it!:)
I heard the intro without really paying attention and it brought me right back to this marvelous track. Gorgeous.
8 > 9 I think it goes up one every time I hear it.

 
phlattop wrote:

9 to 10.

 

 kaybee wrote:

I've just bumped it to 8!

 
9 to 10.

 thewiseking wrote:
they shouldn't have sued this scarecrow for ripping off the Stones. They shoulda sued the sonofabitch for singing off key!
 
Yes, that's the first thing I thought— flat, then sharp.  Still, I loved it back in the day...

Great song that perfectly meets my mood today. {#Meditate}
 Cynaera wrote:
I'm pretty sure that if I hear this song one more time, I'll be forced to bump it to a 9.  Yeah, I really like it a lot. The Verve are/were an amazing band, far ahead of their time, in retro- spect. {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Sunny}
 
I've just bumped it to 8!

 Cynaera wrote:
Bittersweet Symphony would go well after this song... {#Yes}
 

Actually - it would sound just like a continuation - being the same style of song with the same vocalist.
Bittersweet Symphony would go well after this song... {#Yes}
Timeless song, sounds just as good now as when i was a teenager.
 Sasha2001 wrote:

For this era The Verve & Catherine Wheel, along w/ Oasis.  Great stuff.
One of the true anthems of my generation. One of the best albums of the 90s.
 


Just gets better and better
so good
quite nice !
One of the true anthems of my generation. One of the best albums of the 90s.
 Cynaera wrote:
I'm pretty sure that if I hear this song one more time, I'll be forced to bump it to a 9.  Yeah, I really like it a lot. The Verve are/were an amazing band, far ahead of their time, in retro- spect. {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Sunny}
 
Yep. Self-fulfilling prophecy... Love this song!

One of the best songs of my generation!
I'm pretty sure that if I hear this song one more time, I'll be forced to bump it to a 9.  Yeah, I really like it a lot. The Verve are/were an amazing band, far ahead of their time, in retro- spect. {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Sunny}
 gumbo73039 wrote:
I really like the lead guitarist from this lot, really good clean and soaring, just my cuppa tea.
 
I love the combo of acoustic, electric and strings. My fave off this album.

And for a little symmetry, Bill played ELP's "Lucky Man" 13 hours ago.

Perfect summer lounging teeune!
Far and away the best song they did. For me anyway.
 peacockangel wrote:

bet she wants to write something - anything lol
 

I hope you understand   {#Heartkiss}  lol


bet she wants to write something - anything lol
I really like the lead guitarist from this lot, really good clean and soaring, just my cuppa tea.
 sirdroseph wrote:
This is actually my favorite tune from them, they are a pretty good band, but the lead singers nasally voice can only be taken on a time to time basis.

 

Totally agree.
JUST NOTHING BUT...

10+10+10
This is actually my favorite tune from them, they are a pretty good band, but the lead singers nasally voice can only be taken on a time to time basis.

they shouldn't have sued this scarecrow for ripping off the Stones. They shoulda sued the sonofabitch for singing off key!
 kaybee wrote:

 
A great movie :)

Love this song.
Jesus, this was a great band........
Join the 10s for this one? Not wanting to diminish the irrefutable 10 for "Bittersweet Symphony"...
 bokey wrote:
It's like the Red Hot Chile Peppers, but with even less talent.
 
Couldn't be more wrong.

 alux wrote:

Lame comparison is more like it.  Back to the swamp with ya.

At least in the swamp, we don't write one song, change the lyrics and call it two ....  {#Snooty}

 bokey wrote:
like the Red Hot Chile Peppers, but with even less talent.
 
Good god, stop the blasphemy, The Peppers were one of the most talented rock bands I ever listened!!!

the Verve just makes me think of her...  ...
This is an incredible song. 10.
 crockydile wrote:
It's a bittersweet symphony this...oh,wait, that's not this song. Lame.
 
Lame comparison is more like it.  Back to the swamp with ya.
Great set.
It's a bittersweet symphony this...oh,wait, that's not this song. Lame.
 nate917 wrote:

Great simile, albeit an impossible one.

This song would be insipid even if it had a melody.

 
{#Beat}


 bokey wrote:
It's like the Red Hot Chile Peppers, but with even less talent.
 
Great simile, albeit an impossible one.

This song would be insipid even if it had a melody.

So, where's the new stuff?
Joyous! Still diggin' this track at every albeit occasional, hearing.