The Best Thing To Be Is A Person

Bob Haymes

Bob Haymes


PROFILE
Composer Bob Haymes
Lyricist Alan Brandt
Year Written 1964
About The Best Thing To Be Is a Person
This song was written by Bob Haymes, brother of singer Dick Haymes, and Alan Brandt.

Lyrics

There was a man
Looked up to Heaven
And he said, “Lord, what good am I?
I feel so unimportant that it makes me want to cry.
What should I do, Lord? Please answer me.”

The Lord said, “Sure son, I’ll tell you what to be:
The best thing to be is a person.
Just a person who loves is fellow man.
The best thing to be is a person.
Just a person who does the best he can.”

The Lord said, “You can be a big man,
And I can tell you where to start.
Just let the world around you
Know the love that’s in your heart.”

The Lord said softly, “Listen to me.
There’s only one thing that I want you to be.
The one thing to be is a person.
Just a person who does the best he can.”

Session / Album Information

1964

“the Best Thing Is To Be A Person” was recorded on September 4, 1964 and released in 1964 on the album Who Can I Turn To. It was arranged by George Siravo.

This recording released on:

  • 1964: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9085 — Who Can I Turn To
  • 1964: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 2285 — Who Can I Turn To
  • 1965: Columbia 45: 4-43202   (1965)
  • 1995: Columbia CD: CK 66503 — Who Can I Turn To
  • 2011: Disc #30 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK29) Who Can I Turn To

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