I really want to know the meaning of the following sentence:

There ain't nobody dancing who looked better down and out on their luck.

I can only translate the sentence to "There isn't anybody dancing." But I don't know what "better down" and "out on their luck" mean.

The sentence is taken from a song named "High Society" by singer Betty Who.

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    Where did these sentences come from? ... Oh, it's rap song lyrics. I think interpretation of song lyrics is off topic. – Jim Nov 14 '14 at 7:07
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    Unless there is some context joining the two sentences, I think you should ask these as two separate questions. – 200_success Nov 14 '14 at 7:08
  • Thank you. I'll post another question for the second sentence – pastoral Nov 14 '14 at 7:09

This sentence is tricky to parse because down and out is a fixed expression. It means poor, destitute, hopeless, and socially outcast.

You wouldn't expect a poor person to dance gracefully, but this sentence talks about someone who manages to look good despite being poor.

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