Lucky Ball & Chain
|song name||Lucky Ball & Chain|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Flood, Lucky Ball & Chain (Promo), Flood + Apollo 18|
|first played||November 25, 1989 (187 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh; John Linnell sings some harmony|
- Flansburgh told Pitchfork magazine in 1996:
The title of the song was kind of the spark behind the writing of the thing. It's just kind of an unhappy lyric. It's suggestive to give it kind of a country treatment and in a way, it's kind of genre piece. It's a very typical country-western song and then it has this adult sadness kind of disappointed in life kind of lyric to it. It's not like 'I'm gonna kill myself' kind of lyrics, but it's like, 'This really sucks.' [...] And I realize now that it probably falls under the category of happy music just because it is this kind of up-tempo country song, but when I was putting it together, I wasn't thinking, 'Oh, this'll be a great contrast.'
- Flansburgh in a 2009 Rolling Stone interview: "We have a lot of unreliable narrators strolling around our songs. This one isn't so unreliable. It's a simple regret song — kind of a 'Here's to the one that got away' song — but the idea really turned on the title, which is very much in that country-western tradition."
- The line "There goes the bride as she walked out the door" is a musical reference to the song "Today I Met The Boy I'm Gonna Marry" by Darlene Love, which contains the line "Here comes the bride when he walked through the door".
- In the 1992 Discworld novel Lords and Ladies, a conversation between two characters includes the exchange "I was young and foolish then." "Well? You're old and foolish now." The author, Terry Pratchett, was a known fan of TMBG.
Addiction, Compulsion, Body Parts, Conservatism, Age, Doors, Drinking, Funny But Sad, Hands, Jail And Imprisonment, Loneliness, Love Gone Sour, Numbers, Problems With Liner Notes, Questions, Real Estate, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Size, Weapons
- Watch it on - Live performance on Post-Modern MTV from 1989
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Lucky Ball & Chain is currently ranked #214 out of 910. (109 wikians have given it an average rating of 8.67)