"Best That You Can Do (Arthur's Theme)" as written by and Carole Bayer Sager Burt F. Bacharach....
Once in your life you find her
Someone that turns your heart around
And next thing you know you're closing down the town
Wake up and it's still with you
Even though you left her way across town
Wondering to yourself, "Hey, what've I found?"

When you get caught between the Moon and New York City
I know it's crazy, but it's true
If you get caught between the Moon and New York City
The best that you can do,
The best that you can do is fall in love

Arthur he does as he pleases
All of his life, he's mastered choice
Deep in his heart, he's just, he's just a boy
Living his life one day at a time
And showing himself a really good time
Laughing about the way they want him to be

When you get caught between the Moon and New York City
I know it's crazy, but it's true
If you get caught between the Moon and New York City
The best that you can do,
The best that you can do is fall in love

When you get caught between the Moon and New York City
I know it's crazy, but it's true
If you get caught between the Moon and New York City
The best that you can do,
The best that you can do is fall in love


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"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" as written by Carole Bayer Sager Burt F. Bacharach

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    General CommentArthur he does as he pleases
    All of his life, he's masters choices
    Deep in his heart, he's just, he's just a boy

    what does this lyric mean?
    bsc_bigsixxon June 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentbsc, have seen the movie "Arthur"? when you see the movie, the lyric makes a little more sense. Arthur lives this spoiled, rich lifestyle. At least, that's what I remember-- it was a long time ago.
    yazzerson August 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentCheese at its finest.

    I love the "When you get caught between the moon and New York City" bit. There's something almost perverted about being caught in such a position. (Hey, I'm kidding!)
    ToroTrashon August 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a really good song. My take is that if your caught, or stranded, in some random place or situation... that's the best time to fall in love... when you least expect it.
    allen314159on September 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics -- I know they're crazy, but they're true!
    muzorewisdaughteron August 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's a pretty song, but it has some of the laziest rhyming ever. "Town" is rhymed with "town," "time" with "time," "choices" with "pleases"... In fact, there's not a single actual rhyme in it. OK, maybe "true" and "do".
    kreniighon October 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song but it has special meaning to me... I went on my 1st date to see Arthur with my 1st love and have kept him in my heart for years and then 26 yrs later, We ran back into each other and you guessed it...it started all over for us ;@)
    piglet411on February 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commentarthur is drunk all the time. he's high. as a kite. he doesnt wanna come down. to reality. to new york. to real life. hes caught between the moon and new york city. the best that he can do is fall in love. if he falls in love he will sober up. surely ;-)
    case1352on July 07, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI have seen the second verse written two ways, and neither of them is the version above.
    The most common is "all of his life his master's toys" (which honestly makes no sense to me).
    The other is "all of his life he's mastered choice(s)". I can't find a definitive source though.

    BTW, the line about "when you get caught between the moon and New York City" was originally written by Peter Allen when his plane was stuck in a holding pattern above New York. This obviously doesn't invalidate the various interpretations, of course.
    Grailwolfon August 26, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti think the song is about finding the love of your life that can only happen ''once in your life'', the image of been caught 'between the moon and New York city' is a surreal ''crazy'' image but it's supposed to show how crazy a time it is when we meet that special person -our emotions are all over the place, and when it happens we must grab the opportunity as ''the best that you can do is fall in love''.
    billythepubon August 04, 2015   Link

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