"Best for Last" as written by and Adele Laurie Blue Adkins....
Wait, do you see my heart on my sleeve?
It's been there for days on end and
It's been waiting for you to open up
Yours too baby, come on now
I'm trying to tell you just how
I'd like to hear the words roll out of your mouth finally
Say that it's always been me

That's made you feel the way you've never felt before
And I'm all you need and that you never want more
Then you'd say all of the right things without a clue
But you'd save the best for last
Like I'm the one for you

You should know that you're just a temporary fix
This is not rooted with you it don't mean that much to me
Oh just a filler in the space that happened to be free
How dare you think you'd get away with trying to play me

Why is it every time I think I've tried my hardest
It turns out it ain't enough
You're still not mentioning love
What am I supposed to do to make you want me properly?
I'm taking these chances and getting nowhere
And though I'm trying my hardest you go back to her
And I think that I know things may never change
I'm still hoping one day I might hear you say

I make you feel the way you've never felt before
And I'm all you need and that you never want more
Then you'd say all of the right things without a clue
But you'd save the best for last
Like I'm the one for you

You should know that you're just a temporary fix
This is not rooted with you it don't mean that much to me
Oh just a filler in the space that happened to be free
How dare you think you'd get away with trying to play me

But, despite the truth that I know
I find it hard to let go and give up on you
Seems I love the things you do
Like the meaner you treat me the more eager I am
To persist with this heartbreak and running around
And I will do until I'm finding myself you

And make you feel a way you've never felt before
And be all you need so that you never want more
And you'll say all of the right things without a clue
And you'll be the one for me and me the one for you


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"Best for Last" as written by Adele Laurie Blue Adkins

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  • +3
    General CommentSome things need to be corrected:

    Wait, do you see my heart on my sleeve?
    It's been there for days on end and
    It's been waiting for you to open up
    YOURS TOO, BABY, come on now
    I'm trying to tell you just how
    I'd like to hear the words roll out of your mouth finally
    Say that it's always been me

    Why is it everytime I think I've tried my hardest
    It turns out it ain't enough cause you're still not mentioning love
    What am I supposed to do to make you want me properly?
    I'm taking these chances and getting NOWHERE
    And though I'm trying my hardest you back to her
    And I think that I know things may never change
    I'm still hoping one day I might hear you say

    There's also and alternate ending:

    But, despite the truth that I know
    I find it hard to let go and give up on you
    Seems I love the things you do
    Like the meaner you treat me the more eager I am
    To persist with this heartbreak and running around
    And I will do until I'm finding myself with you

    I'll make you feel the way you've never felt before
    And be all you need so that you never want more
    Then you'd say all of the right things without a clue
    And you'd be the one for me and me the one for you

    I relate to this song on an exact level. It's crazy. It's a great song.
    fotophrkon August 11, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI kind of feel like it's a back and forth between two people. Like the main verse and bridge is her feelings toward this guy, but the chorus is how he feels about her. She wants something deep and connected, and he's just filling the time before he can get back to whoever "her" is in the song.
    dnbb08on June 21, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentseems like its all about the love she has for someone who she's having an affair with who wont commit and that he views her jus as a shag
    taxer24on January 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSince nobody else has posted, I'll try to start it off! But this is all just from my head, and I may get it totally wrong!

    I think what she's saying in all the bits like
    "Then you'd say all of the right things without a clue
    But you'd save the best for last
    Like I'm the one for you"
    is that she wants him to say he's in love with her and all that - she wants real, stong feelings from him.

    BUT, she knows he's a player, and that actually it'll never last. Therefore her emotions and feelings for him keep switching from wanting him to be serious about it and feeling like she really loves him, to knowing that he's a player, and then trying to be strong and saying that he doesn't mean that much to her either. Hence the bit that goes
    "You should know that you're just a temporary fix
    This is not rooted with you it don't mean that much to me
    You're just a filler in the space that happened to be free
    How dare you think you'd get away with trying to play me" - she knows the truth really and is trying to be strong, and make herself believe he doesn't mean that much to her.

    She knows that the truth is that he's a player and that he's not that serious, but still she always comes back to the fact that she WANTS it to be real, and that her hope keeps her illusions of love going -
    "But, despite the truth that I know
    I find it hard to let go and give up on you
    Seems I love the things you do
    Like the meaner you treat me the more eager I am
    To persist with this heartbreak and running around
    And I think that I know things may never change
    I'm still hoping one day I might hear you say

    I make you feel a way you've never felt before
    ............."

    I think the reason I think it's about this is becasue I'm in that situation right now - being with someone who you know is just having fun and isn't feeling anything strong and serious for you, but you want it to be more, but really deep down you know the truth and try to make yourself think like they are and not being so serious.

    However, I could be completely wrong?! I hope when Adele's album comes out next year she becomes really successful cos I think her songs are amazing :)
    GirlsInWhiteDresseson December 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti thiiink that its sort of what you said but ..

    this is someone she didn't realise she liked and felt that he would always be there for her and he was always there for her to fall back on when ther was space that happened to be free and now she realises he isn't so dependable and is shocked that he isn't always there for her and the more nothing is happening the more shes falling deeper and deeper for him.

    or

    i could be rong
    n___n
    lisa-07on December 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti don't think its all that complicated, its just a scenario where she wants this person more because of the mistreatment, and at the same time she knows she shouldn't want it or need it but she still does - so there's the juxtaposition in the song from her being positive and in love, and on the contrary there's the negative side where she wants him to think she never wanted him in the first place; she used him. she desperately wants what she can't or shouldn't have. but then again, maybe i been hitting the pipe a little too hard.
    nayohmeeon January 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentisnt it
    "this isnt a routine with you..."
    lilirozeon January 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wish there was a part2 song cause I wanna know what she did... My situation might be the same so ill explain mine taking the lyrics.

    It started as "temporary fix" I allowed it and started the concept of me not taking him seriously because there was an ex, and I was protecting myself trying to make myself and him believe that I wasn’t falling for him. And as she says he might go back to her.

    "And though I'm trying my hardest YOU GO BACK TO HER
    And I think that I know things may never change"

    and when I saw he was "still not mentioning love" since I’m a proud person it hurt my ego that he was playing me. ArrgH! I would go impatient and tell him "How dare you think you'd get away with trying to play me?" “You're just a filler in the space”

    When she says
    “Then you'd say all of the right things without a clue
    But you'd save the best for last
    Like I'm the one for you”

    You know its not even close to happening that his going to say “all of the right things”
    But you believe because you want it so much. You even fool yourself to think that his just “saving the best (yourself) for last”


    I’m the “filler in the space”, because I permitted it, when I stop and give myself value, if it’s not too late, maybe he’ll “want me properly”

     Men are just stupid

    “I'm still hoping one day I might hear you say” that you made a mistake.
    I’ll wait from afar just in case it never happens. :P

    This song is great, it expresses the feelings you get when someone is giving you mixed messages, you get defensive occasionally, but you still get hurt and fall in love by yourself.
    flaca_lieon April 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAbout putting up with someone that treats you like crap. You wish you could let go, but there's still the hope one day they'll turn around and it will finally be worth it...but it's not.

    "How dare you think you'd get away with trying to play me
    But, despite the truth that I know
    I find it hard to let go and give up on you
    Seems I love the things you do
    Like the meaner you treat me the more eager I am
    To persist with this heartbreak and running around"

    So true; sometimes the more someone pulls away, the more it makes you want them. Depressing but true.
    missmeon August 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely love this song. Bought the CD for Chasing Pavements but I haven't been able to turn this one off.

    Oddly haha, I was in the same situation when I heard this song. I think it's about the 'side woman'; the girl he always goes to when something with his "main" relationship goes wrong. And even though she's trying her hardest to show him that she's relationship material and worthy of his attention, he's just sitting there telling her "Well, you're just for play", and as soon as things between him and his main squeeze return to normal, he's going to run off with her again.

    I just love how she's able to convey the strength & perseverance in her voice about trying to pursue this guy who honestly probably isn't that good for her!
    teaandfirelightson January 04, 2009   Link

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