And It's Better Now


  • Status Quo frontman Francis Rossi wrote this song with the group's road manager Bob Young, who was also a songwriter in the band. The song is very much about trying to write a song, and deriving inspiration through music. The track is from Status Quo's sixth album, Hello!, and by that point the band was taking some flack for writing songs that sounded the same. When Rossi started thinking about this, he realized that it didn't matter because any song he was writing was his song, and the words were his to ride along with.
  • The line, "Everyone sings of a god they have known, now I have a god of my own," came to Francis Rossi when he was watching a television program about kids who went to boarding school. A young kid was talking about how lonely it could seem at school, and he said, "Everyone talks of a god they know, but now I've got a god of my own, and I'm fine."

    "I remember thinking, That's a great line: 'Now I have a god of my own,'" Rossi said in our interview. "People should just have a god of their own without trying to sell it to somebody else."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Soul Train Stories with Stephen McMillianSong Writing

A Soul Train dancer takes us through a day on the show, and explains what you had to do to get camera time.

Chris Frantz - "Genius of Love"They're Playing My Song

Chris and his wife Tina were the rhythm section for Talking Heads when they formed The Tom Tom Club. "Genius of Love" was their blockbuster, but David Byrne only mentioned it once.

Matthew Wilder - "Break My Stride"They're Playing My Song

Wilder's hit "Break My Stride" had an unlikely inspiration: a famous record mogul who rejected it.

Chris Robinson of The Black CrowesSongwriter Interviews

"Great songwriters don't necessarily have hit songs," says Chris. He's written a bunch, but his fans are more interested in the intricate jams.

Songs Discussed in MoviesSong Writing

Bridesmaids, Reservoir Dogs, Willy Wonka - just a few of the flicks where characters discuss specific songs, sometimes as a prelude to murder.

We Will Rock You (To Sleep): Pop Stars Who Recorded Kids' AlbumsSong Writing

With the rise of Kindie rock, more musicians are embracing their inner child with tunes for tots - here, we look at pop stars who recorded kids' albums.