MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

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"Every cloud has a silver lining, every dog has his day."
She said, "Now don't say nothing if you don't have something nice to say
The tough now they get going when the going gets tough."
But for you my best was never good enough

"Now don't try for a home run baby if you can get the job done with a hit
Remember a quitter never wins and a winner never quits
The sun don't shine on a sleeping dog's ass," And all the rest of that stuff
But for you my best was never good enough

"If God gives you nothing but lemons then make some lemonade
The early bird catches the fucking worm, Rome wasn't built in a day
Now life's like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get
Stupid is as stupid does," and all the rest of that shit
Come on pretty baby call my bluff
'Cause for you my best was never good enough


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Info

MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1995 album The Ghost Of Tom Joad. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH as released in 1995.

Composition and Recording

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The Ghost Of Tom Joad

Following the Jan-Feb 1995 studio reunion with the E Street Band and the release of Greatest Hits, Bruce Springsteen writing activity increased significantly. Between March and September 1995, Springsteen wrote and recorded about two-albums worth of new songs. From the scattered comments made by Springsteen and other session participants, it would seem that over an album's worth of solo material and over an album's worth of band material were recorded during these sessions. The Ghost Of Tom Joad album consist of 7 solo tracks and 5 band tracks. The songs Springsteen recorded solo may have spanned the entire session period and the band sessions appear to have been split into two or three phases during the spring and summer of 1995.

In his 1998 book Songs, Springsteen wrote: "I knew that The Ghost of Tom Joad wouldn't attract my largest audience. But I was sure the songs on it added up to a reaffirmation of the best of what I do. The record was something new, but it was also a reference point to the things I tried to stand for and be about as a songwriter.

The Ghost Of Tom Joad was released on Columbia Records on 21 Nov 1995. It was produced by Bruce Springsteen and Chuck Plotkin. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1997.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Ghost Of Tom Joad
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ghost Of Tom Joad

The Ghost Of Tom Joad features 12 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 50:16.

Other Official Releases

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Live History: on-tour

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Live History: off-tour

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Covers

As far as it's known, only one artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH.

Phil Boyd -- Postcard
Phil Boyd -- Postcard

MC - Thorax The Devastator Records (no catalog number) - USA, 1997

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Available Versions

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MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH [Album version]

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