The Best Was Yet To Come
Recording Artist: Bryan Adams
Writers: Jim Vallance
Bryan Adams
Date Written: July 1982 / Vancouver Canada
Albums: Cuts Like A Knife (A&M Records, 1983)
Live Live Live (A&M Records, 1988)
Awards: 1985 - Procan Award (Performing Rights Organization of Canada)
Bryan Adams: vocal
Jim Vallance: electric piano
Keith Scott: acoustic guitar
Tommy Mandel: synthesizer
Dave Taylor: bass
Mickey Curry: drums
Produced by Bob Clearmountain and Bryan Adams.  Recorded by Bob Clearmountain, September 1982, at Little Mountain Sound (Vancouver) and the Power Station (New York).  Mixed by Bob Clearmountain.
Cover Versions: Also recorded by Laura Branigan
Peter Bogdanovich
Dorothy Stratton
"The Best Was Yet To Come" was inspired by the story of Dorothy Stratton, the Canadian-born "Playmate" murdered in 1980 by her former husband, Paul Snider.  Dorothy grew up not far from where Bryan and I lived.

When Bryan was recording "The Best Was Yet To Come" at Little Mountain Sound in Vancouver, he asked me to play piano as a "guide track", to be replaced later by keyboardist Tommy Mandel. Thinking it was a temporary recording, I didn't put my best effort into the performance.

A month or two later Bryan told me he'd decided to keep my piano track. I begged him for another shot at it, but the song had already been mixed and it was too late! I know where the mistakes are, and I still cringe every time I hear it on the radio.

A few years after the song's release, by chance Adams and I found ourselves seated next to film director Peter Bogdanovich at a Bruce Springsteen concert (Peter had been dating Dorothy Stratton at the time of her death). Peter thanked us for writing "The Best Was Yet To Come", and he told us how much the song had meant to Dorothy's family.
Victoria, Canada
February 7, 2009
(photo: Corinne Assayag) >
On February 7, 2009, Bryan invited me to join him on stage at the McPherson Auditorium in Victoria Canada, during his "acoustic" tour. We did one song together, "The Best Was Yet To Come".

It was the first time I'd played the song since the original recording session in September 1982, and the first time Bryan and I had performed on stage together since the "Police" tour in 1983.
Lyrics: Just a small town girl in the city lights
The best was yet to come
Then lonely days turned to endless nights
The best was yet to come

How were you to know
That you would be the lucky one
Ain't it funny how time flies
When the best was yet to come

You can cry yourself to sleep at night
You can't change the things you've done
You had it there then it slipped away
Yeah you left the song unsung

Even through your tears
I never saw you come undone
What's so good about goodbye
When the best was yet to come

I find myself thinkin' about yesterday
When you were here and livin' in a dream
In the moment that it takes
You find you made your first mistake
Like the setting sun....
You turn around it's gone

Just a small town girl who had it made
Or so the story goes
She had it there then it slipped away
Oh - how was she to know

Even through her tears
I never saw her come undone
Ain't it funny how time flies
When the best was yet to come

What's so good about goodbye
When the best was yet to come