Song of the Day #2,382: ‘The Best of Everything’ – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

southern_accents‘The Best of Everything’ is the final track on Tom Petty’s excellent 1985 album, Southern Accents.

Having always been a huge fan of this album, I was surprised to see that it received generally tepid critical reviews. Individual tracks receive high marks (‘Rebels,’ ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’ and the title track, specifically) but the album as a whole was dismissed as an uneven hodgepodge.

I don’t know how full-throated a defense I can offer up of songs like ‘It Ain’t Nothing To Me’ or ‘Mary’s New Car,’ but I love every moment of this record. That includes this rather corny, nostalgic closing track.

[Verse 1]
She probably works in a restaurant
That’s what her mamma did
But I don’t know if she ever really
Could put up with it
Or maybe she sings in a nightclub
Cause sometimes she used to sing
But I don’t know if it ever
Amounted to anything
But listen honey

[Chorus]
Wherever you are tonight
I wish you the best of everything, in the world
And I hope you found
Whatever you were looking for

[Verse 2]
Yeah and it’s over before you know it
It all goes by so fast
Yeah, the bad nights last forever
And the good nights don’t ever seem to last
And man, we never had the real thing
But sometimes we used to kiss
Back when we didn’t understand
What we were caught up in

[Chorus][x2]

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,382: ‘The Best of Everything’ – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

  1. Dana says:

    I understand the criticism of the hodgepodge approach, and there are some arguably weaker tracks as you mentioned, but I too love this record, and I cant imagine any critic having an issue with this beautiful song.

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