the song
title : The best of you
written by : Billy MacKenzie and S. Reid
song copyright : © 1985 RPB Music Co. Ltd/Warner Bros Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Billy MacKenzie lead vocal
Alan Rankine? keyboards, programming
and :
Eddi Reader joint lead vocal, backing vocals
? violins
music
key : B minor
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 129
form : i C V C V M 1/3c C Vx M v C’ p>
lyrics
incomplete:

this is my best shot at transcribing the lyrics, which are frequently obscure: unclear phrases are in square brackets [ ]; they are provided for research and private study only (see above for copyright details):

The best of you

{Eddi:}
the best of you is wonderful
the rest of you so terrible
the best of you is wonderful

{Billy:}
I miss having you around
aggressive and [out of] bounds
but after an hour or so
I wait, wanting you to go
to [whereabouts, left alone]
adventures to icy zones

{Eddi:}
the best of you is wonderful
the rest of you so terrible
the best of you is wonderful

{Billy:}
you’ve done it for me again
and frankly I’m stilled again
with my blues and sour grapes
I try telling [mirrored shapes]
perhaps for a little while
I walked on the news we had
but soon as man’s [feeling is]
a stain on a […] dress
let me bless you

just in time, I found you out just in time
you showed signs of leaving me [gone to mind]
the best of you has always been wonderful
the rest of you has always been terrible in a kind of way

{Eddi:}
the best of you is wonderful
the rest of you so terrible
the best of you is wonderful

{Billy:}
all the [atoms I capture red]
the one that you sentenced me at last
and I just […] outward sense
and still I sit on this fence
perhaps for a little while
{knockout} [I’m only for
knockout another door]
I’ll never stay in your way
all you have to do is say

just in time, I found you out just in time
you showed signs of being […]
the best of you has always been wonderful
the rest of you has always been terrible in a kind of way

– saxophone solo

the best of you
the rest of you
the best of you
what’s left of you


the recording
personnel
produced by : ? and n
recorded by : ? in ?
mixed by : ? in ?
mastered by : ? in ?
technical
signal path : AAD
track timing : 5:37
song timing : 5:35
released on
album : Perhaps track 9   (= side 1, track 4 of LP/MC)