Billie Holiday

Everything Happens For The Best


One of Billie’s earliest attempts at songwriting. It’s nowhere near as pertinent, or good, as “Billie’s Blues”, but the juxtaposition of clichés is fascinating and holds the interest, and it’s clear to see that there were thought processes going on, rather than aimless strings of words together.

Recording session: Session #35: New York, March 21, 1939 on the Vocalion label, Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra with ‘Hot Lips’ Page (trumpet), Tab Smith, Kenneth Hollon, Stanley Payne (saxophone), Kenny Kersey (piano), Jimmy McLin (guitar), John Williams (bass) Eddie Dougherty (drums), Billie Holiday (vocals).

- liner notes of 10-CD set “Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (1933-1944)”

Billie Holiday, Everything Happens For The Best, Vocalion 4786

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LYRICS ::

Always blue all in a mist
It’s plain as can be
You’re so mean to me
But everything happens for the best
You always play around
You’re running my heart so deep in the ground
That O.K. everything happens for the best
I loved you so madly
Knew you would be true
Now this thing has happened dear
It’s over all over because we’re through
So sorry dear it end this way
Since the world begin
The old folks say
Everything happens for the best

I loved you so madly
Knew you would be true
Now this thing has happened dear
It’s over all over because we’re through
So sorry dear it end this way
Since the world begin
The old folks say
Everything happens for the best