All for the Best

When you feel sad, or under a curse

Your life is bad, your prospects are worse

Don't forget that when you get to

Heaven you'll be blessed

Yes, it's all for the best!

 

Some men are born to live at ease, doing what they please

Richer than the bees are in honey

Never growing old, never feeling cold

Pulling pots of gold from thin air

The best in every town, best at shaking down

Best at making mountains of money

They can't take it with them, but what do they care?

 

They get the center of the meat, cushions on the seat

Houses on the street where it's sunny

Summers by the sea, winters warm and free

All of this and we get the rest

But who is the land for? The sun and the sand for?

You guessed! It's all for the best!

 

 [sung in counterpoint]

 

Group 1: 

When you feel sad, or under a curse

Your life is bad, your prospects are worse

Your wife is sighing, crying

And your olive tree is dying

Temples are graying, and teeth are decaying

And creditors weighing your purse…

 

Your mood and your robe

Are both a deep blue

You'd bet that Job

Had nothin' on you

Don't forget that when you get to

Heaven you'll be blessed

Yes, it's all for the best!

Group 2: 

Some men are born to live at ease, doing what they please

Richer than the bees are in honey

Never growing old, never feeling cold

Pulling pots of gold from thin air

The best in every town, best at shaking down

Best at making mountains of money

They can't take it with them, but what do they care?

 

They get the center of the meat, cushions on the seat

Houses on the street where it's sunny

Summers by the sea, winters warm and free

All of this and we get the rest

But who is the land for? The sun and the sand for?

You guessed! It's all for the best!

 

Spoken
You must never be distressed!

[Chorus]
Yes, it's all for the—

Spoken
All your wrongs will be redressed!

[Chorus]
Yes, it's all for the....

Spoken
Someone's got to be oppressed!

[ALL]
Yes, it's all for the best!!!