The 56th Annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles on January 26 and “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk was crowned the Best Record of the Year. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers were also featured on this song.
Who is Daft Punk? This is a French group that is popular for electronic music. The group was very popular in the late-1990s. The two musicians who make up the duo are Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.
A unique thing about Daft Punk is that the Frenchmen wear helmets and gloves to look like robots during their performances and when they are in public. Ready to take a closer look at this song? First, listen to the song and try to fill in the blanks. This will help you practice your listening skills.
“Get Lucky” Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers)
Listen to the song and try to fill in the blanks. After that you can learn more about the meaning of the song.
What does this song mean?
Like many songs on the radio, this song does have references to sex so if you will be offended by this, please don’t read any further. Please note that this song is played on radio waves around the world, so the song lyrics are not obviously that explicit.
So, there are two parts worth mentioning about the meaning of this song:
1. The phrase “get lucky”.
In English, this phrase has different meanings. The first is to come into good fortune or luck. The second, is slang and means to meet someone you can have a sexual or romantic relationship with.
We’re up all night to get lucky.
(up all night = means to stay awake all night and not go to sleep until very late)
Is this song just about finding someone at a bar and having a sexual encounter? Or, is this something more meaningful? I’ll let Pharrell Williams (who’s featured on the song) provide the answer to that question. See the first 15 seconds of the video below.
So, there you have it. According to Pharrell, the song is more about the good fortune of having a special connection with someone and not just about sexual chemistry.
2. Other meaning in the song:
Some of the lyrics in the song don’t seem to be related to meeting someone:
Like the legend of the phoenix
Our ends were beginnings
What keeps the planet spinning
The force from the beginning
We’ve come too far
To give up who we are
So let’s raise the bar
And our cups to the stars
In various interviews, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers have commented that these lyrics are about the fortunate collaboration between Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
Pharrell explained in an interview with Rolling Stone that he wanted to work with Daft Punk for a long time and in one fortunate meeting in Paris, they discovered they were both thinking similarly about new music they wanted to make. Both were hoping to work with Nile Rodgers on a collaboration. This opportunity was the good fortune–they got lucky to work on something they all were thinking about separately (Daft Punk was in France and Pharrell was in the USA):
“It’s crazy because, you know, on two sides of the Atlantic, we were both, like, at the same place. Let’s go back to that magical time where music and the liveliness of music is what moved people.”
“The legend of the phoenix” is the story of the magical bird rising back up to life from the ashes. In this case, it is these singers coming back to make great music. The legendary Daft Punk group that had not made spectacular music in many years and even if Pharrell was still making some good music, he also had not produced anything as outstanding as before.
“We’ve come too far to give up who we are” means that these musicians have had so much history making music that even if they have not been as popular over the past years, they cannot stop being who they are: musicians. So, they tell themselves to “raise the bar” – to improve their music – to a new level or standard.
There you have it. One song, a couple of meanings. Or maybe you found another meaning? This song won the Grammy for the BEST record of 2013. Do you agree? Do you like this song? Leave a comment below with your ideas and opinions.