Best of All Possible Worlds
Kris Kristofferson Lyrics

I was runnin' through the summer rain, try'n' to catch that evenin' train
And kill the old familiar pain weavin' through my tangled brain
When I tipped my bottle back and smacked into a cop I didn't see
That police man said, "Mister Cool, if you ain't drunk, then you're a
I said, "If that's against the law, then tell me why I never saw
A man locked in that jail of yours who wasn't neither black or poor as
Well, that was when someone turned out the lights
And I wound up in jail to spend the night
And dream of all the wine and lonely girls
In this best of all possible worlds.
Well, I woke up next mornin' feelin' like my head was gone
And like my thick old tongue was lickin' something sick and wrong
And I told that man I'd sell my soul for something wet and cold as that
old cell.
That kindly jailer grinned at me, all eaten up with sympathy
Then poured himself another beer and came and whispered in my ear,
"If booze was just a dime a bottle boy, you couldn't even buy the smell"
I said, "I knew there was something I liked about this town."
But it takes more than that to bring me down, down, down.
'Cause there's still a lot of wine and lonely girls
In this best of all possible worlds
Well, they finally came and told me they was a gonna set me free
And I'd be leavin' town if I knew what was good for me
I said, "It's nice to learn that ev'rybody's so concerned about my
(They were obsessed with it)
I said, "I won't be leavin' no more quicker than I can
'Cause I've enjoyed about as much of this as I can stand
And I don't need this town of yours more than I never needed nothin'
'Cause there's still a lot of drinks that I ain't drunk
And lots of pretty thoughts that I ain't thunk
And lord there's still so many lonely girls
In this best of all possible worlds.

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John Carter

This song takes me back to basic training at Fort Dix New Jersey in December of 1979. I was sharing a two-man tent with a Seattle city-boy, who had never slept outside in his life. He was scared, and I sang this and other Kris Kristofferson songs to him for half the night, to calm him down.

Suzanne Greenfield

Kris has the most amazing way with words, just love him, he is so talented.

vegan law


jeff getchell

Kris is great, his life is amazing, from before he even became a famous songwriter & performer. 77 years old & counting. Much respect!


If booze was just a dime a bottle, boy you couldn't even buy the smell.

Eric Parrish

Sure does. I like how it makes you think a minute and that makes it great to me


This beats most so-called rap battles ever 😂😂

Py R

An amazing song writer and singer !!


heard a guy play this out at an open mic in Dedham MA, with a follow up of 'Blame it on Kristofferson'

Sophie Duvall

Mr. Cool !!! Yes, indeed .

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