Better Days
Bruce Springsteen Lyrics


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Well, my soul checked out missing as I sat listening
To the hours and minutes tickin' away
Yeah, just sittin' around waitin' for my life to begin
While it was all just slippin' away
And I'm tired of waitin' for tomorrow to come
Or that train to come roarin' round the bend
I got a new suit of clothes and a pretty red rose
And a woman I can call my friend

These are better days, baby
Yeah, there's better days shining through
These are better days, baby
Better days with a girl like you

Well, I took a piss at fortune's sweet kiss
It's like eatin' caviar and dirt
It's a sad funny ending to find yourself pretending
A rich man in a poor man's shirt
Now my ass was draggin' when from a passin' gypsy wagon
Your heart like a diamond shone
Tonight I'm layin' in your arms carvin' lucky charms
Out of these hard luck bones

These are better days, baby
These are better days it true
These are better days, baby
There's better days shining through

Now a life of leisure and pirate's treasure
Don't make much for tragedy
But it's a sad man my friend who's livin' in his own skin
And can't stand the company
Every fool's got a reason for feelin' sorry for himself
And turning his heart to stone
Tonight this fool's halfway to heaven and just a mile outta hell
And I feel like I'm comin' home

These are better days, baby
There's better days shining through
These are better days, baby
Better days with a girl like you

These are better days, baby
These are better days it's true
These are better days, baby
Better days are shining through

These are better days, baby
Are better days it's true
These are better days, baby
Better days are shining through

These are better days, baby
Are better days it's true




These are better days, baby
Better days are shining through

Overall Meaning

In Bruce Springsteen's song "Better Days," the lyrics begin with the singer feeling lost and unsure of himself, as his soul has gone missing. He is waiting for something to happen, for his life to begin, all while time passes by. But he is tired of waiting for a better tomorrow or a train that may never come. However, he has something new - a suit of clothes and a woman he can call his friend.


But then the lyrics shift, with the singer telling the story of how he took a chance and found luck in a gypsy's wagon when he met the woman who is now in his arms. He compares his previous situation to 'eating caviar and dirt,' and finds himself in a better place now. Additionally, he touches upon how wealth doesn't always make for a happy ending, and that true happiness comes from relationships and love.


Overall, the message in the song is that better days are always ahead, even if we can't see them yet. We should keep moving forward, take chances, and surround ourselves with good people. It's a song of hope and optimism, despite the hardships we may face along the way.


Line by Line Meaning

Well, my soul checked out missing as I sat listening To the hours and minutes tickin' away
As I was sitting still with nothing to do, my soul felt empty and disconnected as time continued to pass by.


Yeah, just sittin' around waitin' for my life to begin While it was all just slippin' away
I was waiting for my life to start, but it felt like I was letting time slip away from me without doing anything productive.


And I'm tired of waitin' for tomorrow to come Or that train to come roarin' round the bend
I am tired of waiting for things to happen, whether it's for tomorrow to arrive or for a big opportunity to present itself.


I got a new suit of clothes and a pretty red rose And a woman I can call my friend
Despite feeling like my life is stagnant, I have recently acquired new things that are positive and have someone in my life who I value.


These are better days, baby Yeah, there's better days shining through
My life is getting better and improvement is on the horizon.


Well, I took a piss at fortune's sweet kiss It's like eatin' caviar and dirt
I took a chance that I thought would have a positive outcome, but it turned out to be bittersweet like eating something luxurious mixed in with something unpleasant.


It's a sad funny ending to find yourself pretending A rich man in a poor man's shirt
It's disappointing to pretend to have wealth when in reality I am struggling financially.


Now my ass was draggin' when from a passin' gypsy wagon Your heart like a diamond shone
I was feeling down when unexpectedly, someone brightened up my day with their kindness and good heart.


Tonight I'm layin' in your arms carvin' lucky charms Out of these hard luck bones
Tonight, I am with someone special and am feeling lucky despite past hardships.


Now a life of leisure and pirate's treasure Don't make much for tragedy
Having an easy life and material possessions doesn't make up for the sadness and pain one might feel.


But it's a sad man my friend who's livin' in his own skin And can't stand the company
It's unfortunate when someone doesn't feel comfortable in their own skin and therefore cannot enjoy being around others.


Every fool's got a reason for feelin' sorry for himself And turning his heart to stone
Anyone can make excuses for why they feel down and become emotionally closed off to others.


Tonight this fool's halfway to heaven and just a mile outta hell And I feel like I'm comin' home
But tonight, I feel like I am in a better place emotionally and feel more comfortable in my own skin.


These are better days, baby There's better days shining through
My life is improving and there is a more positive outlook on the horizon


These are better days, baby Better days with a girl like you
These better days are even brighter for being with someone special.


These are better days, baby These are better days it's true
These better days are real and not imagined.


Better days are shining through
There is a brighter future ahead.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Bruce Springsteen

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@bridgettekohlmierkoster4301

3 of the best and most profound lines ever written!

it's a sad man my friend who's livin' in his own skin
And can't stand the company"

"It's a sad funny ending to find yourself pretending
A rich man in a poor man's shirt"

"Tonight this fool's halfway to heaven and just a mile outta hell
And I feel like I'm comin' home"



@a2zme

"Well I took a piss at fortune's sweet kiss 
It's like eatin' caviar and dirt 
It's sad funny ending to find yourself pretending 
A rich man in a poor man's shirt

Now a life of leisure and a pirate's treasure 
Don't make much for tragedy 
But it's a sad man my friend who's livin' in his own skin 
And can't stand the company"

IMO, those lyrics are some of the most personal that Bruce has ever written.



All comments from YouTube:

@jamesskelley5590

Listened to this on day one of my alcohol detox. I broke down at the line: "tonight this fool's half way to heaven and just a mile outta hell, and I feel like I'm coming home."

@AlanLavender

Bless you James. Good luck on your road to recovery.

@anelladambrosio2513

@@AlanLavender ciao Alan! Come stai? 🙋‍♀️😍😘💝🎉

@allie942

This kicked me in the feels!
I hope you're still trudging the road of happy destiny!!

@logibosdaddy

😊😊😊

@davidgrega3950

I hope you're doing well I also am alcoholic I have struggled with it for years but I am under control now it's such a better life when you're sober God bless you and hang in there

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@sootysdisco2688

COMING TO SEE YOU IN T.O. IN NOV 2024...YES THESE ARE BETTER DAY :)

@johnblair5734

Just recently my Dr told me that he thought I had Cancer. I don't. Now it's Better Days for me. Amen.

@jonmichaelhalsey6471

Amen!

@danielrsson2171

Wonderful news from your doctor. Bless you bro!

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