I'm A Better Man
Engelbert Humperdinck Lyrics


If I could catch a star before it touched the ground
I'd place it in a box, tie ribbons all around
And then I'd offer it to you
A token of my love and deep devotion

The world's a better place
With you to turn to
I'm a better man
For having loved you
And now, at last, I face the future unafraid
With you here by my side, how fast the shadows fade
And there is hope inside my heart
'Cause I have something wonderful to live for

The world's a better place
With you to turn to
I'm a better man
For having loved you

And as I am today
That's how I'll always stay
A better man for having loved you
A better man for having loved you

The world's a better place
With you to turn to
I'm a better man
For having loved you

And as I am today
That's how I'll always stay
A better man for having loved you
A better man for having loved you

If I could catch a star before it touched the ground
I'd place it in a box, tie ribbons all around
And then I'd offer it to you
A token of my love and deep devotion

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Written by: BURT BACHARACH, HAL DAVID

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Bronxboy47

Probably my favorite Humperdinck song. The sentiments expressed here move me deeply. I just learned from YouTube the music is by Burt Bacharach and the lyrics by Hal David, which brings me to on of my all-time favorite pet peeves. In my opinion, Hal David was the greatest pop lyricists of the second half of the 20th century, and yet Burt Bacharach seems to get all of the praise. Take away the lyrics from any one of the myriad Bacharach hits and essentially all you're left with is a catchy tune. David's lyrics make the song truly memorable. Need proof? I'll give you one example, but you can try this on any of Bacharach's hits. What would "Alfie" be without David's lyrics?

Ann Raczok

Yes, not sure my opinion matters, but I agree, & I think it is basically true of most songs, but occasionally, there is found an excellent match of lyrics to melody which sends songs off the charts, & then occasionally we have rather boring or meaningless lyrics with a fantastic musical arrangement putting them on top. Whichever the case is, I do like to see appropriate credit given all. Bacharach deserves credit for this musical melody but not for it's popularity (could have been much better)... credit for this songs standing must go to the lyricist & the singer @Engelbert Humperdinck. I think an even better musical arrangement could be done.
I play piano & accordion some, yet find 'creating' musical melodies far more difficult than I wish, as I am only capable of taking a familiar song by heart, or a bar or two & writing down the notes on a score sheet (when I couldn't afford to buy the sheet music for it). I find it so much easier to write lyrics or poems than a music melody, but would like to try more... to me, it seems like the harder thing to do... hats off to them who succeed, before or after lyrics.
Someone else could have written an even far better melody for these lyrics, tho, in my opinion, & the lyricist & singer deserved much better in my opinion, but I am not a professional in that business. This melody seems like typical Bacharach style tho. If you have an amazing singer & lyrics, tho, & fall short in the melody, it can be such a tragic loss for everyone else involved & final product.

Suzy Florida

Both Burt and Hal were very successful with other partners. But the Bacharach/David songs are all so very special, and, of course, they were mostly originated by the incomparable Dionne Warwick. But you're so right about Hal David. He's been under-appreciated by the public. He was able to walk down the street and most wouldn't know who he was. You're right that Burt got all the praise and attention. But Hal talked about that and said that he understood why. Hal was definitely one of the great lyricists. For me, there's nothing greater than those Bacharach/David songs -- or should I say David/Bacharach songs?

Steven MonDragon

Bronxboy47 I agree with you wholeheartedly. Hal David was extraordinary.

Bronxboy47

"....of the second half of the 20th century." David was the most prolific lyricist to a much younger generation who stepped into Mercer's shoes as Mercer's lyrics began to fade from the airways and pop charts.

Mrbrbusby .busby

Bronxboy47 The greatest lyricist was Johnny Mercer. Bacharach was probably second to Henry Mancini although it's close. Nobody to my knowledge could have worked in the #11 in the second bar so elegantly. With of course the exception of the Great Mancini.

grooverunner

Magnificent lyrics from Hal David (RIP), thank you for this.

grooverunner

@Amintas Eduardo HI, I notice that in general, Mr. Bacharach usually gets the acknowledgments, I wanted to give a shout out to Hal David. Yes, Burt Bacharach, is the melody master! Thanks!

Amintas Eduardo

Yes, but we can't forget Bacharat who wrote the melody.

Jacqueline Leclercq

Beautiful!!

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