Better Times
Beach House Lyrics


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I want you to know the truth
'Cause I've been around before
Thought I wasn't looking anymore

Been a fool for weeks
'Cause my heart stands for nothing and your soul's too weak
Got a will that's been around for days
Goes far if you want it
It needs to behave

But then you, you come around
Big mistake

I don't want to know
I don't want to know
We don't need the sign to know better times

Running around 'cause you beat yourself up
And you made a crack and the one that you love is gone
How much longer can you play with fire before you turn into a liar?

Running around 'cause you beat yourself up
And you made a crack and the one that you love is gone
How much longer can you play with fire before you turn into a liar?

I've been around before
Thought you weren't looking anymore
But then we, we come and go, go up in smoke

I don't want to know




I don't want to know
We don't need the sign to know better times

Overall Meaning

The song "Better Times" by Beach House is a contemplative piece about a tumultuous relationship that may have reached its breaking point. The singer starts by saying that they want their partner to know the truth, possibly implying that there may have been dishonesty in the relationship. The singer has been around before and has seen this situation play out, but thought that they weren't looking anymore. Perhaps this is the singer's way of saying that they thought they had moved on from this kind of relationship.


The second verse is about the singer's partner who beats themselves up and may have made a mistake that caused the one they loved to leave. The singer asks how much longer their partner can play with fire before they turn into a liar. The chorus repeats twice, with the lyrics "I don't want to know" and "We don't need the sign to know better times" conveying a sense of resignation and a desire to move on.


The final verse is about both the singer and their partner coming and going like smoke, possibly indicating that the relationship is ephemeral and fleeting. The song ends with the same chorus, reiterating that better times are ahead but acknowledging that they don't need a sign to recognize them.


Line by Line Meaning

I want you to know the truth
I want to be honest with you


'Cause I've been around before
Because I have experience in this situation


Thought I wasn't looking anymore
Thought I had given up on finding love


Been a fool for weeks
I have been foolish for weeks


'Cause my heart stands for nothing and your soul's too weak
Because I have no strong convictions and you lack emotional strength


Got a will that's been around for days
I have a strong determination that has lasted for days


Goes far if you want it
Can take you far if you are willing to work for it


It needs to behave
It needs to be disciplined


But then you, you come around
But then you enter the picture


Big mistake
A regrettable decision


I don't want to know
I don't want to be aware of the truth


We don't need the sign to know better times
We don't need confirmation to know that things will get better


Running around 'cause you beat yourself up
You are frantic because you are too hard on yourself


And you made a crack and the one that you love is gone
Your mistake caused you to lose the person you love


How much longer can you play with fire before you turn into a liar?
How much longer can you take risks before you become deceitful?


But then we, we come and go, go up in smoke
But then we enter and exit each other's lives, only to disappear


I don't want to know
I don't want to be aware of the truth


We don't need the sign to know better times
We don't need confirmation to know that things will get better




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: Alex Kristian Scally, Victoria Garance Alixe Legrand

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@usielmartinezpatino9861

[Verse 1]
I want you
To know the truth
'Cause I've been around before
Thought I
Wasn't looking anymore

[Verse 2]
Been a fool for weeks
Cause my heart stands for nothing
And your soul's too weak
Got a will
That's been around for days
Goes far, if you want it
It needs to behave

[Pre-Chorus]
But then you
You come around
Big mistake

[Chorus]
I don't want to know
I don't want to know
We don't need a sign to know
Of Better times

[Bridge]
Running around cause you beat yourself up
And you made a crack and the one that you love is gone
How much longer can you play with fire
Before you turn into a liar?

Running around cause you beat yourself up
And you made a crack and the one that you love is gone
How much longer can you play with fire
Before you turn into a liar?

[Verse 3]
I've been around before
Thought you
Weren't looking anymore

[Pre-Chorus]
But then we
We come and go
Go up in smoke

[Chorus]
I don't wanna to know
I don't wanna to know
We don't need a sign to know
Better times



All comments from YouTube:

@imOSMlol

one of their most underrated songs. sooo catchy

@lukedoyle2770

Words can’t even express how much I fucking love this song, this album, and this band. Victoria and Alex transcend the medium of music, and the experience of life itself…

@j.4.5.0.n

Yo there’s barely anyone in the comment section but for those of you that are you got fantastic taste in music :)

@angie-cw3wq

Thankyou, so do you. Incredible song.

@aakritipoudel8343

Exactly ☺️

@jaidaj6203

you too ofc ;)

@MrFatalisticfarmer

This is the first song I heard by them when I was a teenager over ten years ago and ever since I have been hooked on them.

@sarbii9105

@@aakritipoudel8343 you from Nepal?

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@flexibleskedule

Haven’t listened to this in literal years and it just popped in my head. Thank you brain.

@gabrielbarbeau4713

Same here ahah

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