Song Lyric Sunday: “Worst That Could Happen”

There were a lot of songs that I thought of that fit Jim’s theme of “Wedding/Marry/Diamond/Ring/Cake,” but ultimately I rejected all of them, because they were a little too on the nose. Instead, I’m going with this gem, “Worst That Could Happen.” It was written by Jimmy Webb, who wrote a lot of beautiful songs like this one, and originally recorded by The 5th Dimension for their 1967 album The Magic Garden. In 1969, a band called The Brooklyn Bridge, led by singer Johnny Maestro, released it as a single, and it reached as far as #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the Cash Box Top 100. This is a live version of the song that was probably done in the 1990’s, but I liked it better than the original, which didn’t sound as good through my headphone speakers as it did from the 3″ speaker of my radio.

The lyrics from Songlyrics.com:

Girl, I heard you’re getting married
Heard you’re getting married, this time you’re really sure
And this is the end, they say you really mean it
This guy’s the one that makes you feel so safe
So sane and so secure

And baby, if he loves you more than me
Maybe it’s the best thing
Maybe it’s the best thing for you
But it’s the worst that could happen to me

I’ll never get married, never get married
You know that’s not my scene
But a girl like you needs to be married
I’ve known all along you couldn’t live forever in between

And baby, if he loves you more than me
Maybe it’s the best thing
Maybe it’s the best thing for you
But it’s the worst that could happen to me

And girl, I don’t really blame you
For having a dream of your own
Hey girl, I don’t really blame you
A woman like you needs a house and a home, baby

If he really loves you more than me
Maybe it’s the best thing
Maybe it’s the best thing for you
But it’s the worst that could happen

Oh girl, don’t wanna get married
Girl, I’m never, never gonna marry, no no
No, it’s the worst that could happen
The worst that could happen
Oh girl, the worst that could happen

Wikipedia suggests that this song, along with “MacArthur Park” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” were both written about a woman named Susan, with whom Webb had a relationship. Interesting thought…

Anyway, that’s Song Lyric Sunday for July 21, 2019.

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