Better Than Me

Album: If It Wasn't For Trucks (2020)

Songfacts®:

  • This song finds Riley Green reflecting on how the coronavirus pandemic forced him to take a pause and hand things over to a higher power.

    There's a world on fire, feels like a bad dream
    Did the hammer come down
    Feels like a kick in the teeth
    Well this down on my luck's been getting me down on my knees
    Might have been something I need


    Later on in the song, Green talks about how his time locked down in his home state of Alabama freed him up to enjoy the little things in life.

    Got a little less in the bank
    I get a little more sleep
    I get a little more use out of that old porch swing
    I got a little more hurt holding on to little more me
    Feel a little more free


    "I wanted the song to live beyond the pandemic," Green explained to American Songwriter. "I wanted to create a message that was pretty universal. When things are bad and look awful, you need to try to find the positive in it."
  • Alabama's Randy Owen joins Riley Green on the latter part of the song. Green's ties with the singer date back to them both participating in a benefit concert for their shared alma mater, Jacksonville State University, after a tornado. "I sent him the song and he said he was a big fan of it and wanted to cut it with me, so we were able to go to Dann Huff's house and record it in his studio," Green told Billboard. "It was a pretty special thing to get to do this song with somebody that I've idolized for so long growing up."
  • Riley Green penned the song with Jordan Fletcher, Ray Fulcher, Charlie Muncaster, and Gary Stanton.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. TelevangelistsSong Writing

When televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart took on rockers like Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica, the rockers retaliated. Bono could even be seen mocking the preachers.

Carol KayeSongwriter Interviews

A top session musician, Carol played on hundreds of hits by The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra and many others.

Jon Oliva of Trans-Siberian OrchestraSongwriter Interviews

Writing great prog metal isn't easy, especially when it's for 60 musicians.

MetallicaFact or Fiction

Beef with Bon Jovi? An unfortunate Spandex period? See if you can spot the true stories in this Metallica version of Fact or Fiction.

Sub Pop Founder Bruce Pavitt On How To Create A Music SceneSong Writing

With $50 and a glue stick, Bruce Pavitt created Sub Pop, a fanzine-turned-label that gave the world Nirvana and grunge. He explains how motivated individuals can shift culture.

Which Restaurants Are Most Mentioned In Song Lyrics?Song Writing

Katy Perry mentions McDonald's, Beyoncé calls out Red Lobster, and Supertramp shouts out Taco Bell - we found the 10 restaurants most often mentioned in songs.