The Best ManWords & Music by Roy Alfred & Fred Wise
Recorded by Nat King Cole, 1946
Intro Verse: D D9 Dsus4 D E E7/9 E E7 I guess I've got a heart meant for fooling around with chicks, A G/B A7 D Cdim A7 'Cause in that love department, I know all the ladies' tricks. F#7 Bm F#7 Bm Now I ran across a girl one day, she was as sharp as a girl could be, E Bm7-5 Cdim E A G/B A7 And I wasn't surprised to hear her say that she really went for me. Refrain: Edim A7 D F#m G Edim D She said I was the best man who ever knocked on her door; Edim A7 Dalt D G Edim D She said I was the best man, the fella she'd waited for. D7 G Gm D Gdim D She said I was the best man at dancing, and nobody can deny Cdim E Cdim A Bm7-5 A G/B Cm7-5 A7 That when it came to romancin' I was the A-plus number one guy. Edim A7 D F#m G Edim D But then she met my best friend and knocked him right off his pins, Edim A7 Dalt D G6 Cdim G6 But still I wasn't worrried, 'cause the best man always wins. D7 G G/F# D6/9/F# Em7 The way it all turned out, there was no doubt D F#m B7 That I was best man in the end; Cdim E7/9 Edim A7 D Yes, I was the best man when she married my best friend. Instrumental interlude: first half of refrain Repeat Second Half of Refrain Coda: D7 G5 G6 Fdim D So don't you think you're best til you pass the test D7 C#m7-5 B7 And you know all the ladies' tricks, E7/9 Bm7-5 E7/9 Cdim 'Cause you'll wind up as the best man A Edim D While the other guy gets the chicks.