Everything Happens To Me
Charlie Parker Lyrics


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Black cats creep across my path
Until I'm almost mad
I must have 'roused the devil's wrath
Cause all my luck is bad
I make a date for golf and you can bet your life it rains
I try to give a party and the guy upstairs complains
I guess I'll go through life
Just catchin' colds and missin' trains

Everything happens to me
I never miss a thing
I've had the measles and the mumps
And every time I play an ace
My partner always trumps
Guess I'm just a fool who never looks before he jumps

Everything happens to me
At first my heart thought you could break this jinx for me
That love would turn the trick to end despair
But know I just can't fool this head that thinks for me
I've mortgaged all my castles in the air
I've telegraphed and phoned
I send an "Airmail Special" too
Your answer was "Goodbye"
And there was even postage due
I fell in love just once
And then it had to be with you





Everything happens to me

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Charlie Parker's song "Everything Happens to Me" tell a story of someone who is convinced that they are cursed with bad luck. Everything they try goes wrong, whether it's scheduling a round of golf or throwing a party. The singer is convinced that they will never get ahead in life and will always be stuck catching colds and missing trains. Despite all of this, they keep going, hoping that things will eventually turn around.


The lyrics really speak to the feeling of hopelessness that can come from being stuck in a cycle of bad luck. The singer seems resigned to their fate, unable to imagine a world where things could go right for them. The line "Guess I'm just a fool who never looks before he jumps" is particularly potent, suggesting that this person is making bad decisions that only compound their troubles.


Interestingly, while the lyrics focus on bad luck, the melody of the song is quite joyful. It's an upbeat number that sounds like it could be played at a dance party. This contrast between the lyrics and the melody adds a layer of complexity to the song, suggesting that even in the midst of despair, there is still room for joy and hope.


Line by Line Meaning

Black cats creep across my path
I often encounter bad luck and unfortunate events.


Until I'm almost mad
These run-ins with bad luck often leave me feeling frustrated.


I must have 'roused the devil's wrath
I feel as though I have somehow incurred the ire of some greater power.


Cause all my luck is bad
This continuous chain of bad fortune seems unending.


I make a date for golf and you can bet your life it rains
Even the most innocuous of plans can be foiled by my bad luck.


I try to give a party and the guy upstairs complains
Even my attempts at socializing or enjoying myself can be thwarted by external factors.


I guess I'll go through life
As a result, I feel that my existence is marked by continual disappointment and setbacks.


Just catchin' colds and missin' trains
This manifests in many ways, such as frequently becoming ill or missing important events.


Everything happens to me
In essence, I seem to be plagued by bad luck in all aspects of my life.


I never miss a thing
I am constantly aware of my unlucky circumstances.


I've had the measles and the mumps
I have also had to endure physical afflictions.


And every time I play an ace
Even in situations where I seemingly have the advantage, something goes wrong.


My partner always trumps
My competitors or opponents always seem to come out on top.


Guess I'm just a fool who never looks before he jumps
I realize that my own foolishness and lack of foresight contribute to my bad luck.


At first my heart thought you could break this jinx for me
At one point, I believed that love could reverse my poor fortunes.


That love would turn the trick to end despair
I hoped that love would be the key to overcoming my streak of bad luck and despair.


But know I just can't fool this head that thinks for me
However, I have come to realize that this was a naive and unrealistic expectation.


I've mortgaged all my castles in the air
I have put all of my hopes and dreams into this fantasy of a happier future.


I've telegraphed and phoned
I have tried every means of communication to reach out and make things better.


I send an 'Airmail Special' too
I have gone above and beyond in my attempts to improve my lot in life.


Your answer was 'Goodbye'
However, my efforts have been met with rejection and disappointment.


And there was even postage due
Even my attempts to connect with others are met with additional costs and unexpected fees.


I fell in love just once
Despite everything, I have managed to fall in love.


And then it had to be with you
However, even this aspect of my life has been marked by bad luck and misfortune.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: HOAGY CARMICHAEL, JOHNNY MERCER

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@jefolson6989

Crying like a baby! Ive heard this hundreds of times but am clubbed senseless with the full impact that the BIRD WITH STRINGS recordings are ONE OF THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS OF MAN. A man, mankind. Bird plays lots of notes- not a single one can be removed or added. It just hit me, tears of joy . The average person doesnt know about it....and IT'S RIGHT HERE! ....
" him that hath ears to hear- LET HIM HEAR"!

@miguelr3135

As a 21 year old i can say it gives me much Nostalgia to an Era my Eyes have Never Seen.

@sunwukong6917

This makes me feel I'm in New York in a rainy afternoon

@NeilRaouf

my three weeks old son is listening to that!
i don't care if he will be a musician but i am sure that this music makes you a better human being!

@dennoow

Neil Raouf yup! my 1.5 years old has been listening to a lot of Parker, Sinatra, Coltrane, Pink Floyd, Genesis and more modern bands keep exposing him! It's wonderful how they respond to music! Mine starts dancing instantly and laughs with every change of tonality. Funny stuff!

@NeilRaouf

Great collection of music your kids enjoy during growing up :-)

@kmc56

My 25 y/o son is now a successful scientist being wombed on this.

@kianopin4357

Charles Mingus was an asshole and his music was dope.

@jfmax2000

Awesome Bruh :) (y) (y) ( I Used to Play All This Stuff For My Lil Ones To :) )

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@macuser2

not much music in this world brings me to tears, but Bird does...he makes me remember my Dad and Mom and yes, that brings me tears...thanks for shearing my brother...Love

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