Song of the Day #4,495: ‘The Lottery Song’ – Harry Nilsson

Here’s a delightful track from Harry Nilsson, from his 1972 album Son of Schmilsson. This album was the follow-up to 1971’s Nilsson Schmilsson, his most successful release.

While the former album contained a few hits (including ‘Coconut’ and ‘Without You’), this one was a bit more eccentric and produced just one single (‘Spaceman’).

I’ve enjoyed what little I’ve heard of Nilsson’s work, but mostly when he’s covering other artists. His album of Randy Newman covers, for example, is quite good. So are ‘Without You’ and ‘Everybody’s Talkin’.’

Nilsson’s originals have made less of an impact, but this one is lovely.

[Verse 1]
You could do the laundry
I’ll come by on Monday
You give me the money
I will buy a ticket
On the local lottery
We could win the lottery
We could go to Vegas
And be very happy

[Chorus 1]
Ooh loo loo loo loo loo
Ooh loo loo loo loo loo
Ooh loo loo loo loo loo loo

Ooh loo loo loo loo loo
Ooh loo loo loo loo loo
Ooh loo loo loo loo loo loo

[Verse 2]
I could be a plumber
We could wait till summer
We could save our money
Have a fine vacation
We could buy a trailer
If we bought a trailer
We could go to Vegas
And be very happy

[Chorus 2]
Ooh loo loo loo loo if life is just a gamble
Gamble if you want to win
Ooh loo loo loo loo life can be so easy
Let the wheel of fortune spin

[Verse 3]
We could make a record
Sell a lot of copies
We could play Las Vegas
And be very happy

[Chorus 2]
Ooh loo loo loo loo if life is just a gamble
Gamble if you want to win
Ooh loo loo loo loo life can be so easy
Let the wheel of fortune spin

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,495: ‘The Lottery Song’ – Harry Nilsson

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    One of the odder experiences I had some years ago was watching a local play about Nielsen. He was a rather interesting guy.

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