"Looking for the Next Best Thing" as written by and Warren/edwards Zevon....
I worked hard, but not for the money
Did my best to please
I used to think it was funny
'Til I realized it was just a tease

Don Quixote had his windmills
Ponce de Leon took his cruise
Took Sinbad seven voyages
To see that it was all a ruse

(That's why I'm) Looking for the next best thing
Looking for the next best thing
I appreciate the best
But I'm settling for less
'Cause I'm looking for the next best thing

Looking for the next best thing

All alone on the road to perfection
At the inspection booth they tried to discourage me
You can believe what you want--that'll never change it
You'll have to come around eventually

(And you'll be) Looking for the next best thing
Looking for the next best thing
I appreciate the best
But I'm settling for less
'Cause I'm looking for the next best thing

Looking for the next best thing
I'm looking for the next best thing



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"Looking for the Next Best Thing" as written by Leroy Marinell Kenny Edwards

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    General Commentwow, no comments? amazing song.
    petermelaon December 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song always reminds me of the part in "On the Road" where Sal and Dean take off for Mexico
    doppler89on December 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI thought Zevon was talking about his music - he was kind of an ass and uncompromising about his music (said with great admiration for the man). It sounds to me like he's writing about being driven by his music and not feeling successful at it. And an argument could be made that he wasn't very successful, financially - he wrote songs that he knew were good ("perfection" - "Worked hard, but not for the money").

    If the inspection booth can be likened to the studio(s) that wanted him to be a more profitable artist, then it might be that the next two lines are spoke by them ("you can believe what you want - that'll never change it" = "Warren,you can believe that it's okay to write great songs that aren't commercial successes, but it just isn't so" and "You'll have to come around eventually" = if you want to stay on our label and get paid, you'll have to write songs that are in the top 40.")

    In that light, "the next best thing" that he's looking for would be songs that are written to make money (as opposed to the "best thing" - songs he'd been writing that were, and are, great, but never attained big-money status).
    baubleon May 23, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"...Don Quixote had his windmills
    Ponce de Leon took his cruise
    Took Sinbad seven voyages
    To see that it was all a ruse..."

    What a great line. Classic Zevon song
    TheThornBirdson March 18, 2009   Link

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