Best Thing I Never Had

2012-09-08 — Greg Gaughan

Beyoncé's "Best Thing I Never Had" is a song about her saying good riddance to her boyfriend. It has some cleverly engineered but contradictory sounding lyrics:

  1. "You turned out to be the best thing I never had"
  2. "I will always be the best thing you never had"
  3. "I will never be the best thing you never had"

Sentences 1 and 2 use exactly the same phrase "the best thing never had" to mean directly opposing things for You and I. While sentences 2 and 3 seem to flatly contradict each other, but mean the same thing. How come?

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