Our Best Wasn't Enough


About this track

Unlike the previous three tracks, “Our Best Wasn’t Enough” is much more recent song. I plucked out the chord progression back in 2003, but I didn’t flesh it out till late 2004 and early 2005.

ACO’s absolute ego was a big influence on the writing and recording of Imprint, and “Our Best Wasn’t Enough” takes more than a few ideas from “Yorokobi ni Saku Hana”. I keep thinking I ought to do more with the arrangement of this song, but anything I added just seemed extraneous. So I’m keeping it as is.

Around the time I wrote the lyrics, I knew quite a number of people going through break-ups at the same time. So I tried to write from their perspective.


Maybe I can change your mind
Tell you things you want to hear
But we'd know it's just a lie
In the end, it's what we fear to face
This time, the dream comes to an end

We both believed this moment
Was a time we'd never reach
But we've got both eyes open
We're awakened to the truth of what has been

We did our best
It's not enough

Who am I to disagree?
Would it change a thing at all?
Should I keep the door unlocked
If you choose to throw away the key
To what was once a place of hope?

And if you ever look back
To the times we used to share
Would you remember wanting
Nothing more than I could ever give to you?
We did our best
It's not enough

And if I ever look back
To the times I shared with you
I wouldn't change a thing
Even all the points that brought us where we are
We took a risk
It's all we had

We did our best
It wasn't not enough

We took a risk
It's all that we had


  • Produced and engineered by Greg Bueno
  • Recorded in the Closet, 2005-2013, Seattle, WA
  • Cover design and photography by Greg Bueno
  • Published by Shinkyoku Advocacy (ASCAP)


  • Release date: September 24, 2013

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