THE BEST OF ME
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1999
1
The Best Of Me

Written by Bryan Adams and Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange 2000
Badams Music Ltd/Zomba Enterprises Inc (ascap)

sometimes words are hard to find
i’m looking for that perfect line
to let you know you’re always on my mind
ya this is love – n’ i’ve learned enough to know
i’m never lettin’ go
no, no, no – won’t let go

when you want it – when you need it
you’ll always have the best of me
i can’t help it – believe it
you’ll always get the best of me

i may not always know what’s right
but i know i want you here tonight
gonna make this moment last for all your life
oh ya this is love – n’ it really means so much
i can tell from every touch
no, no, no – can’t get enough

2
Can't Stop This Thing We Started

you might stop a hurricane you might stop the drivin rain
you might have a dozen other guys
but if you wanna stop me baby – don’t even try

i’m gonna one way – your way
it’s such a strong way – lets make it our way

i can’t stop this thing we started
i wanna know it’s right
i can’t stop this course we plotted
this thing called love we got it
no place for the broken hearted
i can’t stop this thing we started
no way – i’m going your way

you might stop the world spinnin’ round
might even walk on holy ground
i ain’t superman and can’t fly
but if you wanna stop me baby
don’t even try

i can’t stop this thing we started
i wanna know it’s right
i can’t stop this course we plotted
this thing called love we got it
no place for the broken hearted
i can’t stop this thing we started
no way – i’m going your way

oh – why take it slow
i gotta know – cuz nothing can stop this thing that we got

3
I'm Ready

i’d like to see ya – thought i’d let ya know
i wanna be with ya everyday
cause i got a feelin’ that’s beginning to grow
and there’s only one thing i wanna say

i’m ready – to love ya
i’m ready – to hold ya
i’m ready – i’m ready
ready as – i’m gonna be

she left me a long note when she left me here
told me that love was hard to find
but baby it’s easy and i’ll make it clear
there’s only one thing on my mind

i’m ready – to love ya
i’m ready – to hold ya
i’m ready – i’m ready
ready as – i’m gonna be

4
Summer Of '69

I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it til my fingers bled
It was the summer of ’69

Me and some guys from school
Had a band and we tried real hard
Jimmy quit and Jody got married
I shoulda known we’d never get far

Oh when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Ya – I’d always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life

Ain’t no use in complainin’
When you got a job to do
Spent my evenin’s down at the drive-in
And that’s when I met you

Standin’ on your Mama’s porch
You told me that you’d wait forever
Oh and when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life
Back in the summer of ’69

Man we were killin’ time
We were young and restless
We needed to unwind
I guess nothin’ can last forever – forever, no

And now the times are changin’
Look at everything that’s come and gone
Sometimes when I play that old six-string
I think about ya wonder what went wrong

Standin’ on your Mama’s porch
You told me it would last forever
Oh the way you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life
Back in the summer of ’69
Me and my baby in a ’69…

5
Let's Make A Night To Remember

Written by Bryan Adams and Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange 1995

I love the way ya look tonight
With your hair hangin’ down on your shoulders
I love the way ya dance that slow sweet tango
The way ya do everything but talk
And how ya stare at me with those undress me eyes
And your breath on my body makes me warm inside

Let’s make out – let’s do something amazing
Let’s do something that’s all the way
Cuz I’ve never touched somebody like the way I touch your body
Now I never want to let your body go…

Let’s make a night – to remember
From January – to December
Let’s make love – to excite us
A memory – to ignite us
Let’s make honey baby – soft and tender
Let’s make sugar darlin’ – sweet surrender
Let’s make a night – to remember – all life long

I love the way ya move tonight
Beads of sweat drippin down your skin
Me lying here – you lyin’ there
Our shadows on the wall and our hands everywhere

Chorus

I think about ya all the time
Can’t you see you drive me outta my mind
Well I’m never holdin’ back again
Ya I never want this night to end
Cuz I’ve never touched somebody like the way I touch your body
Now I never want to let your body go…

6
All For Love

When it’s love you give (I’ll be a man of good faith)
then in love you live (I’ll make a stand. I won’t break)
I’ll be the rock you can build on
be there when you’re old
to have and to hold

When there’s love inside (I swear I’ll always be strong)
then there’s a reason why (I’ll prove to you we belong)
I’ll be the wall that protects you
from the wind and the rain,
from the hurt and pain.

Let’s make it all for one and all for love
Let the one you hold be the one you want
the one you need
’cause when it’s all for one it’s one for all
When there’s someone that you know
then just let your feelings show
and make it all for one and all for love

When it’s love you make (I’ll be the fire in your night)
then it’s love you take (I will defend, I will fight)
I’ll be there when you need me.
When honor’s at stake,
this vow I will make.

(note: recorded for the film The Three Musketeers with Rod Stewart and Sting)

7
Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?

To really love a woman
To understand her – you gotta know her deep inside
Hear every thought – see every dream
N’ give her wings when she wants to fly
Then when you find yourself lyin’ helpless in her arms
Ya know ya really love a woman

When you love a woman you tell her that she’s really wanted
When you love a woman you tell her that she’s the one
Cuz she needs somebody to tell her that it’s gonna last forever
So tell me have you ever really – really really ever loved a woman?

To really love a woman
Let her hold you – til ya know how she needs to be touched
You’ve gotta breathe her – really taste her
Til you can feel her in your blood
N’ when you can see your unborn children in her eyes
Ya know ya really love a woman

Chorus

You got to give her some faith – hold her tight
A little tenderness – gotta treat her right
She will be there for you, takin’ good care of you
Ya really gotta love your woman…

Written for the Motion Picture Don Juan De Marco

8
Run To You

She says her love for me could never die
But that’d change if she ever found out about you and I
Oh – but her love is cold
It wouldn’t hurt her if she didn’t know
And when it gets too much
I need to feel your touch

I’m gonna run to you
I’m gonna run to you
Cause when the feelin’s right I’m gonna run all night
I’m gonna run to you

She’s got a heart of gold she’d never let me down
But you’re the one that always turns me on
You keep me comin’ ’round
I know her love is true
But it’s so damn easy makin’ love to you
I got my mind made up
I need to feel your touch

I’m gonna run to you
I’m gonna run to you
Ya when the feelin’s right I’m gonna stay all night
I’m gonna run to you

9
Cloud Number Nine

clue number one was when you knocked on my door
clue number two was the look that you wore
n’ that’s when i knew, it was a pretty good sign
that something was wrong up on cloud number nine

well it’s a long way up and we won’t come down tonight
well it may be wrong but baby it sure feels right

and the moon is out and the stars are bright
and whatever comes s’gonna be alright
cause tonight you will be mine – up on cloud number nine

and there ain’t no place that i’d rather be
and we can’t go back but you’re here with me
ya the weather is really fine – up on cloud number nine

now he hurt you and you hurt me
and that wasn’t the way it was supposed to be
so baby tonight lets leave the world behind
and spend some time up on cloud number nine

well it’s a long way up and we won’t come down tonight
well it may be wrong but baby it sure feels right

well we won’t come down tonight
ya we won’t come down tonight
no we won’t come down tonight

we can watch the world go by – up on cloud number nine

10
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You

Look into my eyes – you will see
What you mean to me
Search your heart – search your soul
And when you find me there you’ll search no more
Don’t tell me it’s not worth tryin’ for
You can’t tell me it’s not worth dyin’ for
You know it’s true
Everything I do – I do it for you

Look into my heart – you will find
There’s nothin’ there to hide
Take me as I am – take my life
I would give it all I would sacrifice
Don’t tell me it’s not worth fightin’ for
I can’t help it there’s nothin’ I want more
Ya know it’s true
Everything I do – I do it for you

There’s no love – like your love
And no other – could give more love
There’s nowhere – unless you’re there
All the time – all the way

Don’t tell me it’s not worth tryin’ for
I can’t help it there’s nothin’ I want more
I would fight for you – I’d lie for you
Walk the wire for you – Ya I’d die for you

Ya know it’s true
Everything I do – I do it for you

11
Back To You

i’ve been down – i’ve been beat
i’ve been so tired – that i could not speak
i’ve bin so lost that i could not see
i wanted things that were out of reach
then i found you and you helped me through
and ya showed me what to do
that’s why i’m comin’ back to you…

like a star that guides a ship across the ocean
that’s how your love can take me home back to you
and if i wish upon that star – that someday i’ll be where you are
i know that day is comin soon – ya i’m comin back to you

you’ve been alone but ya did not show it
you’ve been in pain when i did not know it
you let me do what i needed to – you were there when i needed you
mighta let you down – mighta messed you round
but ya never changed your point of view
that’s why i’m comin’ back to you…

12
When You're Gone

i’ve been wandering around the house all night
wondering what the hell to do
i’m trying to concentrate but all i can think of is you
well the phone don’t ring cuz my friends ain’t home
i’m tired of being all alone
got the tv on cuz the radios’ playing songs that remind me of you

baby when you’re gone – i realize i’m in love
the days go on and on – and the nights just seem so long
even food don’t taste that good – drink ain’t doing what it should
things just feel so wrong – baby when you’re gone

i keep driving up and down these streets
trying to find somewhere to go
ya i’m lookin’ for a familar face but there’s no one i know
this is torture – this is pain – it feels like i’m gonna go insane
hope you’re coming back real soon – cuz i don’t know what to do

13
Please Forgive Me

it still feels like our first night together
feels like the first kiss and it’s gettin’ better baby
no one can better this
i’m still holdin’ on and you’re still the one
the first time our eyes met – it’s the same feelin’ i get
only feels much stronger – i wanna love ya longer
you still turn the fire on…

so if you’re feelin’ lonely..don’t
you’re the only one i’d ever want
i only wanna make it good
so if i love ya a little more than i should

please forgive me – i know not what i do
please forgive me – i can’t stop lovin’ you
don’t deny me – this pain i’m going through
please forgive me – if i need ya like i do
please believe me – every word i say is true
please forgive me – i can’t stop lovin’ you

still feels like our best times are together
feels like the first touch
we’re still gettin’ closer baby
can’t get close enough
i’m still holdin’ on – you’re still number one
i remember the smell of your skin
i remember everything
i remember all your moves – i remember you
i remember the nights – ya know i still do

so if you’re feelin’ lonely..don’t
you’re the only one i’d ever want
i only wanna make it good
so if i love ya a little more than i should

please forgive me – i know not what i do
please forgive me – i can’t stop lovin’ you
don’t deny me – this pain i’m going through
please forgive me – if i need ya like i do
please believe me – every word i say is true
please forgive me – i can’t stop lovin’ you

one thing i’m sure of – is the way we make love
and the one thing i depend on
is for us to stay strong
with every word and every breath i’m prayin’
that’s why i’m sayin’…

please forgive me – i know not what i do
please forgive me – i can’t stop lovin’ you,
don’t deny me – this pain i’m going through
please forgive me – if i need ya like i do
never leave me – i don’t know what i’d do
please forgive me – i can’t stop lovin’ you

14
The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You

I don’t look good in no Armani Suits
No Gucci shoes – or designer boots
I’ve tried the latest lines from A to Z
But there’s just one thing that looks good on me

The only thing I want
The only thing I need
The only thing I choose
The only thing that looks good on me…is you

I’m not satisfied with Versace style
Put those patent leather pants – in the circular file
Sometimes I think – I might be lookin’ good
But there’s only one thing that fits me like it should

The only thing I want
The only thing I need
The only thing I choose
The only thing that looks good on me…is you

Ya it’s you – it could only be you
Nobody else will ever do
Ya baby it’s you – that I stick to
Ya we stick like glue…

15
Inside Out

the biggest lie you ever told – your deepest fear ’bout growin’ old
the longest night you ever spent – the angriest letter you never sent
the boy you swore you’d never leave – the one you kissed on new year’s eve
the sweetest dream you had last night – your darkest hour, your hardest fight

i wanna know you – like i know myself
i’m waitin’ for you – there ain’t no one else
talk to me baby – scream and shout
i want to know you – inside out
i wanna dig down deep – i wanna lose some sleep
i wanna scream & shout – i wanna know you inside out
i wanna take my time – i wanna know your mind
ya know there ain’t no doubt – i wanna know you inside out

the saddest song you ever heard – the most you said with just one word
the loneliest prayer you ever prayed – the truest vow you ever made
what makes you laugh, what makes you cry
what makes you mad, what gets you by
your highest high, your lowest low – these are the things i want to know

i wanna know you – like i know myself
i’m waitin’ for you – there ain’t no one else
talk to me baby – scream and shout
i want to know you – inside out
i wanna dig down deep – i wanna lose some sleep
i wanna scream & shout – i wanna know you inside out
i wanna take my time – i wanna know your mind
ya know there ain’t no doubt – i wanna know you inside out
i wanna know your soul – i wanna lose control
c’mon n’ let it out – i wanna know you inside out
ya gotta dig down deep – i wanna lose some sleep
i wanna scream & shout – i wanna know you inside out
tell me everything

16
Don't Give Up

Don’t give it up!

Don’t worry if the sun don’t shine
You’ve seen it before you don’t have to worry
Everyday’s an uphill climb – nothing has changed
Believe me when i tell ya

Don’t give it up!
Don’t give it up!

Don’t give up – ya know it’s true
Gotta do what you wanna do
Don’t give up – you don’t have to
Gotta do what you wanna do
Don’t give up – ya know it’s true
Gotta do what you wanna do

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