"Lucky," the sweet, swaying duet written by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat with Tim Fagan, was originally released on Jason Mraz's 2008 album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.  During an interview for Acoustic Guitar magazine (published in the October 2010 issue), Mraz told me that "Lucky"—like six of the tracks on the We Sing album—originated in an email songwriting group led by Austin singer-songwriter Bob Schneider. Each week, the songwriters take turns giving a writing prompt. See this post for more from Mraz about this and other writing games. https://youtu.be/acvIVA9-FMQ

The story

It was born in the songwriting game, and I had come up with the phrase for that week. The phrase was “me talking to you.”
I’d gotten it off this picture that a girl had sent me of her on the phone; it was a picture of her talking to me. I just thought it was such a sweet little phrase the way she wrote it, “me talking to you,” so that was the phrase [for 1="the" 2="songwriting" 3="game" ], and I immediately launched it into what would be the opening of “Lucky.” I had that melody and that little voice in my head for a couple of weeks. It sounded sweet and kind of a duet, just flowing through the verse and the chorus. At the same time I had fallen in love with Colbie Caillat. I gave her a call and thought it would be great to write something together. I said I had this song in mind. I knew I had the melody, but I was still kind of playing around with the lyrics. I sent it to her, and she and Tim Fagan wrote the Colbie verse and the bridge and then emailed it back to me, and I had this whole new arrangement suddenly that I could play with. And so the song became “Lucky.” It’s got a couple of fun sections. To me the chorus kind of opens up, a lot more bright and dancey, but then the bridge is a little more progressive; you’re bouncing on the D minor quite a bit. It’s a simple and fun song to play.

The lyrics

Do you hear me, I'm talking to you Across the water across the deep blue ocean Under the open sky Oh my, baby I'm trying Boy, I hear you in my dreams I feel your whisper across the sea I keep you with me in my heart You make it easier when life gets hard I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend Lucky to have been where I have been Lucky to be coming home again They don't know how long it takes Waiting for a love like this Every time we say goodbye I wish we had one more kiss I'll wait for you, I promise you, I will I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend Lucky to have been where I have been Lucky to be coming home again Lucky we're in love in every way Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed Lucky to be coming home someday And so I'm sailing through the sea To an island where we'll meet You'll hear the music fill the air I'll put a flower in your hair Though the breezes through the trees Move so pretty you're all I see As the world keeps spinning round You hold me right here right now Chorus


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