Better Days

Album: Sonder (2021)
Charted: 16
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Songfacts®:

  • Written during the COVID pandemic, this uplifting pop ballad finds Dermot Kennedy assuring us that better days are ahead.

    I know you've been hurtin'
    Waitin' on a train that just won't come
    The rain, it ain't permanent
    And soon we'll be dancin' in the sun


    Kennedy is urging us to persevere and push on through our troubles, as something brighter is waiting for us on the other side.
  • The track comes with the kind of optimism and hopeful message Kennedy has included in his lyrics throughout his career. Since his breakthrough single "Outnumbered," where Kennedy tells someone feeling overwhelmed that things will get better, he has sought to provide support and solace to his listeners.

    Kennedy said: "As an artist, I feel somewhat responsible to try to make people feel a little better, whether that's making them think of someone they love, or just taking their mind off their problems for the length of a song."
  • Kennedy wrote the song with:

    Frequent Shawn Mendes collaborator Scott Harris. The American songwriter also helped the Irish singer pen his breakthrough singles "Outnumbered," "Power Over Me" and "Giants."

    English songwriter Sam Romans, who has also co-written hits for Naughty Boy ("Home"), Clean Bandit ("Tears") and Jonas Blue "Rise."

    Olivia Rodrigo's songwriting partner Dan Nigro produced the track.
  • Kennedy told BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac that when he originally penned the song in February 2021, "It almost felt as if it was someone speaking to me say, eight years ago when I had nothing going on, and so felt a bit dead, and it became a bit frustrated."

    He added that the original production was very safe, with just piano and strings. Kennedy wanted to fix that, and when Dan Nigro came up with a version featuring a Gaelic backing choir, he took it to another level. The Irish singer admitted he panicked at first, but now he "can't hear it any other way."

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