BETTER THINGS

Album version


Ray Davies:Here's wishing you the bluest sky
And hoping something better comes tomorrow
Bruce Springsteen:Hoping all the verses rhyme
And the very best of choruses to follow
Ray Davies:Follow all the doubt and sadness
Bruce Springsteen:I know that better things are on the way

Bruce Springsteen:Here's hoping all the days ahead
Won't be as bitter as the ones behind you
Ray Davies:Be an optimist instead
And somehow happiness will find you
Bruce Springsteen:Forget what happened yesterday
Ray Davies:I know that better things are on the way

Davies and Springsteen:It's really good to see you rocking out and having fun
Living like you just begun
Accept your life and what it brings
I hope tomorrow you'll find better things
I know tomorrow you'll find better things

Ray Davies:Here's wishing you the bluest sky
And hoping something better comes tomorrow
Bruce Springsteen:Hoping all the verses rhyme
And the very best of choruses to follow
Ray Davies:Follow all the drudge and sadness
Bruce Springsteen:I know that better things are on the way

Davies and Springsteen:I know you've got a lot of good things happening up ahead
The past is gone it's all been said
So here's to what the future brings
I hope tomorrow you'll find better things
I know tomorrow you'll find better things

Ray Davies:Here's wishing you the bluest sky
Bruce Springsteen:Wishing you the bluest sky
Ray Davies:Hoping all the verses rhyme
Bruce Springsteen:Hoping all your verses rhyme
Davies and Springsteen:I hope tomorrow you'll find better things


Intro

BETTER THINGS is a song by written by The Kinks lead singer and songwriter Ray Davies. It was released by The Kinks in 1981 and again by Ray Davies in 2010. Davies' re-recorded version features a guest appearance by Bruce Springsteen who plays guitar and sings duet vocals along with Davies. The above lyrics are transcribed from Ray Davies and Bruce Springsteen's version of BETTER THINGS, as released on Davies' 2010 album See My Friends. See below for more details.

The Kinks' Version

BETTER THINGS was first released by The Kinks as a single in June 1981 in the UK (with MASSIVE REDUCTIONS on the b-side) and November 1981 in the US (with YO-YO on the b-side). A slightly shorter version of the song was included on their album Give The People What They Want, released in August 1981 in the US and January 1982 in the UK. The single version clocks at 2:59 while the LP version clocks at 2:44.

The Kinks -- "Better Things / Yo-Yo" (1981 USA 7-inch single, front)
The Kinks -- "Better Things / Yo-Yo"

7-inch single - Arista (AS 0649) - USA, 1981

Stock copy, no picture sleeve.

Side A: BETTER THINGS
Side B: YO-YO
The Kinks -- "Better Things / Massive Reductions" (1981 UK 7-inch single, front sleeve)
The Kinks -- "Better Things / Massive Reductions"

7-inch single - Arista (ARIST 415) - UK, 1981

Stock copy, with picture sleeve.

Side A: BETTER THINGS
Side B: MASSIVE REDUCTIONS
The Kinks -- Give The People What They Want (album cover art)
The Kinks -- Give The People What They Want

LP - Arista (AL 9567) - USA, 1981
LP - Arista (SPART 1171) - UK, 1982

Ray Davies and Bruce Springsteen's version

In 2010, Ray Davies paid tribute to his revered band The Kinks on his album See My Friends. The album features new studio collaborations of Davies' compositions, which were originally recorded by The Kinks. An ensemble of all-star cast is featured on the album, including Bruce Springsteen who plays guitar and sings duet vocals along with Davies on the opening track, BETTER THINGS. The track also features Paul Shaffer on piano and backing vocals, Sid McGinnis on guitar, Anton Fig on drums, Felicia Collins on guitar and backing vocals, and Will Lee on bass and backing vocals.

The album was released in Europe on Universal Records in November 2010 and in the US on Decca Records in early 2011.

Ray Davies -- See My Friends (album cover art)
Ray Davies -- See My Friends (album cover art)

The track was also included on a UK promotional CD-R sampler in 2010 tiled See My Friends and compiling 6 tracks from the album. It comes in a cardboard sleeve and has no catalogue number.

Ray Davies -- See My Friends (CD-R sampler cover art)
Ray Davies -- See My Friends (CD-R sampler cover art)

Live History

BETTER THINGS was performed off-tour on 10 Aug 1995 at Cheers in Long Branch, NJ, during a guest appearance with local band Solar Circus.

  1. 10 Aug 1995 at Cheers, Long Branch, NJ

Credits

Thanks Steen Andersson (rosalita101 at Greasy Lake) for the UK CD-R sampler scan.

Available Versions

List of available versions of BETTER THINGS on this website:

BETTER THINGS [Album version]

Page last updated: 22 Dec 2011