July 21

Clint Black’s “A Good Run of Bad Luck” Sums Up Gambling And Love

In 1994, Clint Black’s “A Good Run of Bad Luck” was released as the fourth single off his album No Time to Kill. The song quickly reached No. 1 on both the United States and Canadian country charts.

Co-written by Clint Black with country guitarist and songwriter Hayden Nicolas, “A Good Run of Bad Luck” used gambling metaphors to discuss what falling in love was like. It’s actually jam-packed with terms related to gambling that you’ll pretty much enjoy spotting all of them.

It begins with “A high roller even when the chips are down,” which pretty much shows that what we have here is someone who’s more than willing to take a chance.

The song actually refers to a gambling enthusiast who has special feelings for one special lady. He is on a mission and is ready to spend a lot of money just to win her over, that he even “gambled on a third time, a fool will tell you it’s a charm.” Although he has had a previous stretch of bad luck, he took in some self-talk to boost his confidence.

“A Good Run of Bad Luck” resonated with gambling so much that it was included in the soundtrack of the 1994 comedy film Maverick starring Mel Gibson as Bret Maverick – a card shark and con man who used his charm to collect money he’ll use in entering a high-stakes poker game. And indeed, the gambling song created an atmosphere for avid players.

Well, that’s no longer a surprise as this is one of Clint Black songs that will surely have you prancing.

Make sure to listen to “A Good Run of Bad Luck” by Clint Black in the video below. Just like all country songs about gambling, this one is enthralling, well-written, and executed in the best possible way.


Clint Black

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