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Lyrics

1. O Lucky Man! (2:19)

If you have a friend on whom you think you can rely -
You are a lucky man!
If you've found the reason to live on and not to die -
You are a lucky man!
Preachers and poets and scholars don't know it,
Temples and statues and steeples won't show it,
If you've got the secret just try not to blow it -
Stay a lucky man!
If you've found the meaning of truth in this old world -
You are a lucky man!
If knowledge hangs around your neck like pearls instead of chains -
You are a lucky man!
Takers and fakers and talkers won't tell you,
Teachers and preachers will just buy and sell you,
When no one can tempt you with heaven or hell -
You'll be a lucky man!
You'll be better by far
To be just what you want
If you are what you are
-And that's a lucky man!

2. Poor People (2:11)

Poor people are poor people -
They don't understand
A man's got to make whatever he wants-
Take it with his own hands.

Poor people are poor people -
They never get to see
Someone's got to win in the human race-
If it isn't you, then it has to be me.

So smile while you're making it-
Laugh while you're taking it-
Even though you're faking it-
Nobody's gonna know.

It's no use mumbling.
It's no use grumbling.
Life just isn't fair-
No easy days
No easy ways
Just get out there and do it!

So sing and they'll sing your song-
Laugh while you're getting on-
Smile and they'll string along-
Nobody's gonna know.

3. Sell Sell (4:02)

Sell...sell...sell...sell
Everything you stand for
Tell...tell...tell...tell
All the people that you care for
Running here, running there
Keep it moving sonny, don't despair-
Because the next one will be
The next one will be
The next one will be the best one of the year.

Give...give...give...give
Everything you're paid for
Run...run...run...run
For everything you've prayed for
Keep that smile on your face
With a smile you're welcome any place-
Because the next one will be
The next one will be
The next one will be the best one of the year.

Can I interest you in this article of mine?
Can I interest you to spare some of your time?
Can I interest you in this life of mine?
Won't you listen, listen, listen, listen...

Won't you sell, sell, sell everything you stand for
Tell all the people that you care for
Running here, running there
Keep it moving sonny, don't despair-
Because the next one will be
The next one will be
The next one will be the best one of the year.

4. Pastoral (2:12) instrumental
5. Arrival (3:03) instrumental

6. Look Over Your Shoulder (2:22)

When there's a bluebird singing by your windowpanes
And the sun shines bright all day through-
Don't forget, boy - look over your shoulder
'Cos there's always someone coming after you

When everything in life seems just as it should be
At least success seems just around the door-
Don't forget, boy - look over your shoulder
'Cos things don't stay the same for evermore

Hope springs eternal in a young man's breast,
And he dreams of a better life ahead-
Without that dream you are nothing, nothing, nothing...
You have to find out for yourself your dream is dead.

7. Justice (1:48)

We all want justice, but you got to have the money to buy it.
You'd have to be a fool to close your eyes and deny it.
There's a lot of poor people who are walking the streets of my town
Too blind to see that justice is used to do them right down.

All through life from beginning to end you pay your monthly installments,
Next to health is wealth and only wealth will buy you justice

There'll always be the fool who insists on taking his chances
And that is the man who believes in true love romances.
He will trust and rely on the goodness of human nature
Now a judge will tell you that's a pathetic creature.

All through life from beginning to end you pay your monthly installments,
Next to health is wealth and only wealth will buy you justice
Money...justice...money...justice...

8. My Home Town (2:40)

Down on the corner of the street
Where I was born we used to meet
And sing the old songs,
We called them dole songs.
And we'd harmonize so clear
Even though it was the beer
That made the tears run
About the years gone by.
We'd go home and kiss the wife,
Hoping a kiss could change your life
That's how romance is
No second chances
Back in my home town.

...Things aren't so very different now
Poor folk must get along somehow
You live forever on the never never
Back in my home town.

9. Changes (2:02)

Everyone is going through changes
No one knows what's going on.
And everybody changes places-
But the world still carries on.

Love must always change to sorrow
And everyone must play the game,
Here today and gone tomorrow-
But the world goes on the same.

Everyone is going through changes...
Now love must always change to sorrow...
Everyone is going through changes...
Now love must always change to sorrow...
Everyone is going through changes
But the world still carries on.

10. O Lucky Man! (2:26)

If you have a friend on whom you think you can rely -
You are a lucky man!
And if you've found the reason to live on and not to die -
You are a lucky man!
The preachers and poets and the scholars don't know it,
The temples and statues and steeples won't show it,
If you've got the secret just try not to blow it -
Stay a lucky man!
If you've found the meaning of truth in this old world -
You are a lucky man!

Because on and on and on and on we go,
Around the world in circles turning,
Earning what we can
While others dance away the chance to light your day.
So you know that if you have a friend on whom you think you can rely -
You are a lucky man!
And if you've found the reason to live on and not to die -
You are a lucky man!
You know the preachers and poets and the scholars don't know it,
And the temples and statues and steeples won't show it,
If you've got the secret just try not to blow it -
Stay a lucky man, stay a lucky man!

And it's around and round and round and round we go.
And it's around the world in circles turning,
Earning what we can
While others dance away the chance to light a day -
So it's on and on and on it's on and on,
'Round the world in circles turning,
Earning what we can
While others dance away the chance to light a day.

Notes

All selections composed by Alan Price, formerly of The Animals.
1973 WB Music Corp. ASCAP
Lyrics not reprinted by permission.
All rights reserved.
Musicians:
Alan Price - vocals, keyboards
 Colin Greene - guitar
Dave Markee - bass guitar
 Clive Thacker - drums 

Arranged and produced by Alan Price.
Engineer: Keith Grant.
Reissue produced by Gregg Geller.
Digital mastering by Keith Blake
First released in 1973
1973 Warner Bros. Records Inc., a Time Warner Company, 3300 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505-4694. 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019-6908. For he U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S. Made in U.S.A. All rights reserved.
Warner Archives 2-2710, UPC 0 9362-46137-2 5

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