Songs I Like by Artists I Don’t- “Lucky Man”- Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Blender magazine has called Emerson, Lake and Palmer-the second worst artist in music history behind only Insane Clown Posse. That may be mighty harsh I can think of worse but I have never been a fan of their music. The only two things I like about them are the song “Lucky Man”-their first single which peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100- and the title of 4th album “Brain Salad Surgery”- not quite Weasels Ripped My Flash” but not bad.
“Lucky Man” was written by Greg Lake and features one of the earliest Moog synthesizer solos in rock music history. The song was written to fill up the first EPL album- it was a song that Lake had written at age 12 when his mother first bought him a guitar. When he brought the song up the others didn’t care for it so they worked on it until it sounded like a record.
Greg Lake’s comments on writing the song ” I did write “Lucky Man” when I was 12. My mum bought me a guitar and I was very lucky in that sense, the answer was yes instead of no. There was the first bit of luck because had the answer been no, my life would have probably been totally different. I got the guitar and I learned the first four chords that were D, G, A Minor and E Minor and with those chords I wrote “Lucky Man”. I truly cannot remember everything about writing it other than I think it struck me as being a sort of minstrel type of event with these chords, G, D, E Minor and A Minor, gave me this sort of minstrel feeling. “Lucky Man” has kind of an almost medieval element tone to it. It is like a medieval folk song in a way. That was the essence of the idea. I wrote the song in its entirety and I finished it and I remembered it. As far as its significance regarding me and how lucky I was, I suppose it does really. You cannot disassociate the tune, the song has been very lucky for me. It came about because of a piece of good fortune, which was my mother giving me the guitar and it has been lucky for me ever since. I would say if I was going to be honest, I have been very lucky in life. I certainly have been.”