Clint Black / (Photo credit: Youtube)
“When it rains, it pours” was perhaps what Clint Black had experienced on his debut success in country music. Since his rise to stardom in the late ’80’s, he seems to have become unstoppable in the years that follow. His first No. 1 hit “A Better Man” has set the success stage for his career. Immediately after he first appeared on the country music scene, the singer has produced a string of charting singles. Some of these even cracked the top of the chart.
Today, we celebrate one of his No. 1 songs as it turns 24 years old. On May 7, 1994, “A Good Run of Bad Luck” was the No. 1 song on the country chart. The single was released in February 1994 as the fourth track of his No Time to Kill album. The said album, on the other hand, ranked No. 2 on the country chart. And, just like his Killin’ Time record, this album was certified platinum in the US. “A Good Run of Bad Luck” was co-written by Black with his longtime songwriting collaborator, Hayden Nichols. Some of the hit singles of Black that they wrote together include “Put Yourself in My Shoes” and “Walking Away.”
Sang in an up-tempo beat, the song narrates a story of falling in love using gambling descriptions. The opening lines “A high roller even when the chips are down; To win her over, I’d seen the tables turn around” cite an example to this. The narrator further goes on by comparing romantic relationships to that of gambling.
I’d bet it all on a good run of bad luck / Seven come eleven and she could be mine
Luck be a lady, and I’m gonna find love comin’ on the bottom line / I’ve been to the table, and I’ve lost it all before
I’m willin’ and able, always comin’ back for more
Given its gambling theme, the song appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Maverick. Hence, some of the scenes from this 1994 film were used in the music video of the song. Watch the music video below, which the ACM Awards winner directed, himself.
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