"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
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.