The Lottery Song
Harry Nilsson Lyrics


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You could do the laundry
I'll come by on Monday
You give me the money
I will buy a ticket

On the local lottery
We could win the lottery
We could go to Vegas
And be very happy

("Ooh Loo's")
(Or) I could be a plumber
We could wait till summer
We could save our money

Have a fine vacation
We could buy a trailer
If we bought a trailer
We could go to Vegas

And be very happy
("Ooh Loo's")If life is just gamble,
Gamble if you want to win
(more "ooh loo's")--life can be so easy

Let the wheel of fortune spin)
(Or we could make a record
Sell a lot of copies
We could play Las Vegas

And be very happy)
("Ooh Loo's")--If life is just gamble,
Gamble if you want to win




(more "ooh loo's")--life can be so easy
Let the wheel of fortune spin)

Overall Meaning

The Lottery Song by Harry Nilsson is a lighthearted yet thought-provoking tune that explores the many different avenues we could take in life, and how we can never really know what’s around the corner. The first verse sets the scene, with one person offering to do the laundry while the other buys a lottery ticket. It’s a simple task that could change everything if they won. The chorus repeats the hopeful mantra ‘We could win the lottery, We could go to Vegas and be very happy,’ giving us a glimpse into the characters’ dream life.


The song continues with a series of alternative scenarios. They could wait until summer, save up and have a ‘fine vacation.’ They could buy a trailer and travel to Vegas that way. Maybe they could make a record or become a plumber. The point is, life is full of endless opportunities, and sometimes one small decision can change your entire destiny. The song reinforces the idea that we should take chances and enjoy the journey because we never know where it might lead us.


Line by Line Meaning

You could do the laundry
You have the option to do the laundry


I'll come by on Monday
I will visit on Monday


You give me the money
Please give me the money


I will buy a ticket
I will use the money to purchase a lottery ticket


On the local lottery
We will enter the local lottery


We could win the lottery
There is a chance we could win the lottery


We could go to Vegas
If we win, we could use the money to travel to Las Vegas


And be very happy
Winning the lottery would bring us happiness


('Ooh Loo's')
Vocalization, no particular meaning


(Or) I could be a plumber
As an alternative to playing the lottery, I could become a plumber


We could wait till summer
We can put off making a decision until summer


We could save our money
We have the option to save our money instead of spending it


Have a fine vacation
If we save our money, we could use it for a nice vacation


We could buy a trailer
If we saved enough money, we could purchase a trailer


If we bought a trailer
Assuming we bought a trailer with the saved money


We could go to Vegas
We could use the trailer and travel to Las Vegas


And be very happy
Traveling to Las Vegas would bring us happiness


('Ooh Loo's')
Vocalization, no particular meaning


If life is just gamble,
If life is all about taking chances


Gamble if you want to win
Go ahead and take the risk if you want a chance to succeed


(more 'ooh loo's')--Life can be so easy
Vocalization, no particular meaning


Let the wheel of fortune spin)
Let luck decide


(Or we could make a record
As an alternative to playing the lottery or becoming a plumber


Sell a lot of copies
We could make money by selling many units of the record


We could play Las Vegas
If our record is successful, we could perform in Las Vegas


And be very happy)
Success in the music industry would bring us happiness


('Ooh Loo's')--If life is just gamble,
Vocalization, no particular meaning


Gamble if you want to win
Take risks to achieve success


(more 'ooh loo's')--life can be so easy
Vocalization, no particular meaning


Let the wheel of fortune spin)
Leave it to chance




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: HARRY NILSSON, HARRY EDWARD NILSSON

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Comments from YouTube:

Graydon Wallace

This is my favourite track on Son of Schmilsson, hands down. Raw, melodic and utterly beautiful. Harry Nilsson was an incredible talent

Michael Ferry

My favorite too

Michael Ferry

Actually I have too many favorites to say that

john scialfa

yes he was graydon

Thomas Van Riper

No pretence just FUN awesome songs.

George Dimich

Listened to this back in the early 70's. At age 65 I'm still jammin to the music and artists from an incredible time!

Johnny Mouse

Love it, Nilson make me laugh and cry at the same time...😐😀😭

L K

This song is absolutely gorgeous.

Carla DiCiaccio

I love the way you said it. It is gorgeous! My favorite song on Son of Schmilsson.

Lisapaints

This is happiness! ♥️

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