"You're The Best Thing" as written by and Paul John Weller....
I could be discontent
And chase the rainbows end
I might win much more but lose all that is mine

I could be a lot
But I know I'm not
I'm content just with the riches that you bring

I might shoot to win
And commit the sin
Wanting more than I've already got
I could runaway
But I'd rather stay
In the warmth of your smile lighting up my day
The one that makes me say

'Cause you're the best thing that ever happened
To me or my world
You're the best thing that ever happened
So don't go away

I might be a king
And steal my peoples things
But I don't go for that power crazy way
All that I could rule
I don't check for fools
All that I need is to be left to live my way
So listen what I say

'Cause you're the best thing that ever happened
To me or my world
You're the best thing that ever happened
So don't go away

Listen to what I say

'Cause you're the best thing that ever happened
To me or my world
You're the best thing that ever happened
So don't go away

I could chase around
For nothing to be found
But why look for something that is never there
I may get it wrong sometimes
But I'll come back in style
For I realize your love means more than anything
The song you makes me say

'Cause you're the best thing that ever happened
To me or my world
You're the best thing that ever happened
So don't go away

You're the best thing that ever happened
To me or my world
You're the best thing that ever happened
Now don't go, I said don't go, no no don't go away


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"You're the Best Thing" as written by Paul John Weller

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    General Commentcant beleive no one has commented! this is about a guy in a relationship that he is happy with and maybe in previous relationships he had tried to change them but just ruind them. he realises to leave it as it is, which is how it is supposed to be
    thorntonhayleyon June 20, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe ultimate love song. You can keep your 'careless whispers' anyday. This was weller at his best. With Billy Chapmans sax solo too its a classic. All about that warm feeling generated when your in love. Absolutely amazing song.
    joeschiavoneon February 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy wife had never heard of Paul Weller, but then I played her this song and now she likes him. I am a big Jam,TSC and Weller fan, so it pleases me that now I can play albums like setting sons and cafe bleu in the house now and see her get off on them too.
    scoonmanon May 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPaul Weller ROX!! Pure lyrical magician!! I dedicate this song to a young lady, she knows who she is.
    Maleprozon June 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI didnt even know they did this song!

    :D
    Iueton November 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song isn't a love song, at least not in the traditional sense. It is a well known fact by most Weller Fans that this song is actually about England. Just look closely at the words theres no way this song is about a woman.

    "I could be discontent and chase the rainbows end
    I might win much more but lose all that is mine
    I could be a lot but I know I'm not
    I'm content just with the riches that you bring
    I might shoot to win and commit the sin
    Of wanting more than I've already got
    I could runaway but I'd rather stay
    In the warmth of your smile lighting up my day
    (the one that makes me say, heh)"

    All those lines refer to Paul's stance on British artists wanting to seek fame in America. Hes against it and is personally content with fame in his home country, as shown by the lines above.

    "I might be a king and steal my peoples things
    But I don't go for that power crazy way
    All that I could rule but I don't check for fools
    All that I need is to be left to live my way
    (say listen what I say)"

    These lines are probably the most telling since they obviously aren't connected in anyway to a theme of love. Paul was describing his preferred form of government at the time for England, which happened to be socialist-anarchism.

    The last lines in the song are merely a retouching on the other two themes.
    Neonsolidon June 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaybe, or perhaps just another interpretation. Weller has a kack for multillayered lyrics. That does make sense though!
    SmithersJones87on October 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a love song. When me and my hubby started going out this was our song.
    I think it about a man who is extremely content in his relationship and does not want to risk it for anything.
    Neonsolid could be right but does he/she have to sound so pompous!!!!!
    Anyway it is one of the most beautiful songs ever.
    gerimerrymuffinon April 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentYes it is pompous to try and show the meaning of a song on a site called song meanings. Apparently according to your own interpretation it is less pompous to just state your opinion with no argumentation or proof than it is to try and show what a song means through the artist own words or the general fan interpretation. Maybe you don't know what words mean either because pompous was used incorrectly here. What you and your husband think supersedes all that, but I'm the one that is pompous, nah actually you're just a dumb shit and people like you who think this site is merely a place to praise songs, don't really understand the function of the site. You're pompous and by the looks of this post and your other ones a simpleton.
    Neonsolidon March 17, 2011   Link

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