♫ Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me ♫ (Redux)

The last time I played this one — June 2019 — the tornado sirens were screeching their (thankfully false) warning.  Tonight, I am just tired and in a rather bleak mood, and in the interest of getting to bed, for I have a busy day tomorrow, I am reduxing one of Gladys Knight’s wonderful songs.  Please enjoy!


What a strange weekend this has been.  When it rains, it pours, as it is doing outside my window right this moment, and has been doing all day and all evening.  Daughter Chris is out of town for the weekend — Chicago — and it seems that the entire weekend is determined to be one of stress and distress.  As I write this, the tornado siren behind our house is blaring loudly, and we have a tornado watch until 2:00 a.m. … another 3 hours!  So, I went looking for a happy song to take my mind off my troubles, and I found my ol’ friend Gladys Knight waiting for me.

Singer/songwriter Jim Weatherly wrote this. He also wrote Midnight Train to Georgia, and Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye), which were also million-selling hits for Gladys Knight & The Pips. Weatherly had his own solo #11 US hit the same year with The Need to Be. He was an All-American quarterback before choosing songwriting as a career.

Country singer Ray Price was the first to have a hit with this – his version, titled You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me, went to #1 on the Country charts. Producers Kenny Kerner and Richie Wise heard Price’s version and brought it to Gladys Knight And The Pips. They produced Knight’s previous hit, I’ve Got to Use My Imagination, and used the same rhythm section on this.

Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me
Gladys Knight

I’ve had my share of life’s ups and downs
But fate’s been kind, the downs have been few
I guess you could say that I’ve been lucky
Well, I guess you could say that it’s all because of you

If anyone should ever write my life story
For whatever reason there might be
Oh, you’ll be there between each line of pain and glory
Cause you’re the best thing that ever happened to me
Ah, you’re the best thing that ever happened to me

Oh, there have been times when times were hard
But always somehow I made it, I made it through
Cause for every moment that I’ve spent hurting
There was a moment that I spent, ah, just loving you

If anyone should ever write my life story
For whatever reason there might be
Oh, you’ll be there between each line of pain and glory
Cause you’re the best thing that ever happened to me
Ah, you’re the best thing that ever happened to me

I know, you’re the best thing, oh, that ever happened to me

Songwriters: James D. Weatherly
Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

8 thoughts on “♫ Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me ♫ (Redux)

  1. Ah, Glorious Gladys makes my bones wobble when I hear that voice. If you’d played Neither one of us, I’d probably still be relaxed all over the floor. Not quite as bad with Midnight Train though these days I might get off before Georgia.
    Cwtch

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  2. Here is a challenge for one or more of your readers, Jill, because I have not been in much of a writing mood of late. I know a few who could do right by Glady, composing a lament to you-know-who titled (We’re Glad to See You Going cuz) You’re the Worst Thing That Ever Happened to America. But, if I may, I would like to write the last line: You’re the worst thing that ever happened to the world. (Not true, of course, many people and things have been worse, but he will enjoy it more if we tell him he is the No. 1 asshole in the history of the world. He would believe nothing less!)

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