You Won’t Believe What the Song “Get Lucky” Really Means

Today one of my students was very surprised to discover that one of her favorite songs by Daft Punk (Get Lucky) was NOT really about “luck,” but rather ABOUT SEX. I did a quick google search and every translation I found in Portuguese and Spanish completely missed the real meaning of the song.

They all translated it literally to “have luck” or to “do well,” but the common colloquial definition of GET LUCKY is to HAVE SEX. GET SOME also means to HAVE SEX. The chorus repeats itself over and over:

She’s up all night ’til the sun (to not go to sleep)
I’m up all night to get some (have sex)
She’s up all night for good fun
I’m up all night to get lucky (have sex)

To learn more about “Get Lucky,” “Get Some,” and 38 more ways to say “Have Sex,” Check out 40 Ways to say SEX: Synonyms, Slang, and Collocation.

  • Thamiris says:

    i dont believe it !! This was one of my favorite songs 🙁

    • TheTomatoes says:

      Why would the topic change this ?

    • Robert Summers says:

      This is still a great song. Don’t let some as small as a sexual reference ruin this for you.

  • LOL! Good explanation!
    I knew it 😉

    • Justin says:

      hahahaha it makes sense right?!?!?!

  • Anna Karol Vianna says:

    Dear Justin,
    Give your opinion: how the others verses relate to the chorus?
    Like the legend of the phoenix
    All ends with beginnings
    What keeps the planet spinning
    The force from the beginning

    We've come too far
    To give up who we are
    So let's raise the bar
    And our cups to the stars

    What does Daft Punk mean with that? Does it mean that finding someone to have sex is, somewhat, a life challenge??????????

  • Thaís says:

    Yeap! It means get laid!

  • JuanPablo Carrera says:

    Lol I always thoguht it meant "to get a girl", or get lucky with a girl, not necessarily having sex with the girl, just to flirt a bit or to have some making out with her. 🙁 😀 But I was slightly wrong, I see.

  • Luis Miguel Martinez says:

    lol come on many people know how get lucky lol and is not a secret

  • Great interpretation Anna! I definitely agree that the song has a lot of depth. I would say that that's definitely a valid interpretation!

  • i Always thought tthat "get "Lucky" was something like, "ser sortudo" "ter sorte".. kkkk

    • Justin says:

      It means that too, Lais! It’s just that sometimes our luck can be perverted!

  • Chidi says:

    ‘she’means an ancient female bird called phoenix in the greek mythology that has a lot with the sun god.’she’s up all night t d sun…’

    • Justin says:

      Thanks for your comment Chidi! I think you captured the depth of the song, which is the flip side of the shallowness I wrote about. Thanks for offering that explanation!

  • Oli says:

    “get lucky” was a colloquial term , however this song was really about being up all night to hopefully score a hit song

    • Justin says:

      Thank you Oli for your input!

    • Zoe says:

      My dad told me this when I was little, I looked it up to see if he was lying or not so thank you

  • Pablo Andujar says:

    When I was listening to the song I swear it sounded like they were saying “Mexican monkeys”. Then I had to google the lyrics to make sure that it wasn’t a racist song like some are nowadays.

    • Justin says:

      hahahah that’s hilarious Pablo!!

      • Jeff says:

        That’s not funny

        • Justin says:

          it’s so absurd it’s funny!

  • Jeff says:

    This is a lie
    Daft punk would never do that

    • person who exists says:

      they probably would

  • Paul says:

    There’s a surprise. I thought is was all about getting laid in the first place.

  • Chandra SK says:

    It’s true, get lucky is a slang to “have sex”, and the lyrics “all night, get some, and good fun” all could be easily associated to “have sex”.
    But the song is not all about sex or one night stand. There are other songs like that, and you can read the entire lyrics that this song is different and a bit more complicated than that (than just a one night stand sex).
    Though the nature of the song (disco song) and lack of lyrics makes it a bit more difficult.
    Also, Williams (the vocal and co-writer) claims that “the title does not simply refer to sexual acts, but to the good fortune of meeting with and immediately connecting to someone.”
    If the fact that this song have strong association with sex still makes you irk, just make this song your guilty pleasure and only listen to it privately.

    • person who exists says:

      im gonna be honest thats what i assumed from the start

  • person who exists says:

    aha yes sex very funny
    *insert laugh track here*

  • Person says:

    In other news, water is wet