The Best Man

Words & 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.


    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


    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.

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