Song of the Day #1,962: ‘Lucky One’ – Michael Penn

mp4Michael Penn is a less prolific, more Beatles-influenced version of Ron Sexsmith, whom I wrote about last week.

Like Sexsmith, Penn is as consistent as the sunrise — quality-wise — when it comes to delivering his brand of polished power pop.

But unlike Sexsmith, who reliably releases albums every couple of years or more, Penn is prone to long hiatuses.

His current absence is at nine years and counting, perhaps less a hiatus than an early retirement.

I’m referring to his solo studio work, because he has continued to work as a composer in television. He recently scored both HBO’s Girls and Showtime’s Masters of Sex, two buzz-y shows that no doubt keep him earning a good living.

I’m sending out a call to arms
from the cities to the farms
to the sounding of alarms
with all the bells and whistles

took my prize,
hung my plaque
pat our big collective back
and then got drunk
on crackerjack
and e-mailed my epistle

I must be the lucky one
the luckiest in Luckydom
who reached the moon but
wound up numb
now that I’ve had my fun
here comes the millennium

Knowing love everyday
my baby wants to be that way
but I can’t bring myself to say
how I can’t hope for crying

things got bad,
things got worse
I got loaded in a hearse
when all I needed was a nurse
believe me, I’m not lying

I must be the lucky one
the luckiest in Luckydom
who reached the moon but
wound up numb
now that I’ve had my fun
here comes the millennium

I must be the lucky one
the luckiest in Luckydom
who reached the moon but
wound up numb
let’s call this party done
here comes the millennium

One thought on “Song of the Day #1,962: ‘Lucky One’ – Michael Penn

  1. Dana says:

    I never moved beyond Prnn’s great album March like you did, but I really should. He seems to have continued to put out good stuff.

    Certainly hear the Beatles influence in this song, particularly the homage to “She’s so Heavy” at the end.

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