Best for the Best Lyrics

Josh Ritter


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Josh Ritter
album: Track 9 in album The Animal Years
release date: 2006-3-20
popularity : 4 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Pop Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Acoustic/Country Rock
length: 3:59

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Josh Ritter The Animal Years cover art
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Once I knew a girl in the hard hard times
She made me a shirt out of fives and dimes
Now she's gone but when I wear it she crosses my mind
And if the best is for the best then the best is unkind

I realized that Illinois was more than I could stand
They say working's best cause poverty is hell on a man
Now I ride a lazy river through the Mississippi fan
And if the best is for the best then the best can be damned

I spent a few years on the Queen of Spain
She was a leaky little boat that went up in flames
When the boiler blew some people started naming names
But if the best is for the best I guess the best is to blame

I spent a few more as the Cairo Crown
A heavyweight wrestler in the Midwest towns
But I was lonesome for a girl who could pin me down
They say the best is for the best but that's not what I've found

Now I listen to my sweetheart and I listen to my thirst
I don't spend time listening to other people's words
Sometimes they're right most times the reverse
They say the best is for the best when the best?s for the worse

Once I knew a girl in the hard hard times
She made me a shirt out of fives and dimes
Now she's gone but when I wear it she crosses my mind
And if the best is for the best then the best is unkind


Track Listing

  • 1 Girl in the War
  • 2 Wolves
  • 3 Monster Ballads
  • 4 Lillian, Egypt
  • 5 Idaho
  • 6 In the Dark
  • 7 One More Mouth
  • 8 Good Man
  • 9 Best for the Best
  • 10 Thin Blue Flame
  • 11 Here at the Right Time