Bruce Springsteen – Better Days

Here is to better days to all of you…. in the New Year starting tomorrow.

On March 31, 1992, I purchased two albums by Bruce. Lucky Town and Human Touch…both albums released on the same day. I’ve always liked Lucky Town more than Human Touch. Better Days kicked off the album.  It was originally released in the United States in March 1992 as a double A-side with “Human Touch”, and peaked at #16 on Billboard 100.

Bruce Springsteen: “With a young son and about to get married (for the last time) I was feelin’ like a happy guy who has his rough days rather than vice versa.”

From Songfacts

This was the only track from Lucky Town included on Springsteen’s 1995 Greatest Hits album.

This is the first track on Lucky Town, which was released the same day as Human Touch. Springsteen decided to do this after Guns N’ Roses simultaneously released their albums Use Your Illusion I and II.

Better Days

Well my soul checked out missing as I sat listening
To the hours and minutes tickin’ away
Yeah just sittin’ around waitin’ for my life to begin
While it was all just slippin’ away
I’m tired of waitin’ for tomorrow to come
Or that train to come roarin’ round the bend
I got a new suit of clothes a pretty red rose
And a woman I can call my friend

These are better days baby
Yeah there’s better days shining through
These are better days baby
Better days with a girl like you

Well I took a piss at fortune’s sweet kiss
It’s like eatin’ caviar and dirt
It’s a sad funny ending to find yourself pretending
A rich man in a poor man’s shirt
Now my ass was draggin’ when from a passin’ gypsy wagon
Your heart like a diamond shone
Tonight I’m layin’ in your arms carvin’ lucky charms
Out of these hard luck bones

These are better days baby
These are better days it true
These are better days
There’s better days shining through

Now a life of leisure and pirate’s treasure
Don’t make much for tragedy
But it’s a sad man my friend who’s livin’ in his own skin
And can’t stand the company
Every fool’s got a reason for feelin’ sorry for himself
And turning his heart to stone
Tonight this fool’s halfway to heaven and just a mile outta hell
And I feel like I’m comin’ home

These are better days baby
There’s better days shining through
These are better days
Better days with a girl like you

These are better days baby
These are better days it’s true
These are better days
Better days are shining through

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

17 thoughts on “Bruce Springsteen – Better Days”

    1. Yes I agree with that. Human Touch was smooth and Lucky Town has a little edge to it… I like some off both but yes combined it would have been better.

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  1. A pretty good song I had forgotten about. I liked some of the songs off those albums, but didn’t buy them and never kept straight which ones were from which album. At the time at least it seemed to me like a blatant cash grab by Bruce and CBS… perhaps in retrospect it wasn’t but it seemed that way. Like Observation blogger says, edited down the two would’ve probably made a fantastic single album at a time when his popularity was waning a little.
    Happiest of new years to you and yours, Max!

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    1. Yea he should have edited them down. He broke up the E Street Band which didn’t make me happy but he didn’t play to make me happy lol.
      I liked some on both but Lucky Town had more of an edge to it.

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  2. Max you have the video for Lucky Town but the lyrics for Better Days. I like both of them. I also bought both of these albums but barely listened to Lucky Town and wore the coating off of the Human Touch CD. Since I like both of these songs I need to give Lucky Town another chance. Happy New Year!

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    1. Oh geez…Thank you…I’m not sure how that happened. I actually listened to it last night. I must have went back and tried a different version and got it wrong….there you go.

      I like both but always favorited Lucky Town…you can’t go wrong with Bruce either way

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      1. Last Friday when I went out to drink cider and listen to live music, I asked my friend if he covered any Bruce tunes, and he said no, they were beyond his ability to make them sound good. The Boss makes it look easy but it sounds like not that easy…

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      2. Yea it depends on the song. No way I would try Born To Run or something like that…no way… We did “Spirit of the Night” and Pink Cadillac… Two doable ones.

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  3. I thought I saw you in line that day to get those albums… to me this was the first hiccup in Bruce’s career. While I am not a huge fan of his second album I can understand why it is held in high regard by many- but these two albums it seemed to me Bruce had at least at the time run out of things to say. I agree with you Lucky Town the better of the two. Maybe he should have just took the best from both albums and released one album.

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    1. That was me! I agree this was the first misstep of his career. When I got the albums I listened and liked some of the songs but…they didn’t stick with me if you know what I mean. They don’t have the staying power his other albums had.

      On top of everything he ditched the E Street Band and that changed the sound also.

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