Kinks ( The ) - BETTER THINGS

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Coverinfo

This song was never performed live

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. Different issues of the album were released throughout the world, some with one or two bonus tracks. Better things was also included on a UK promotional sampler compiling 6 tracks from the album.
 
 
 

Songinfo

"Better Things" is a song by The Kinks, released as a single in June 1981 in the UK and November 1981 in the US. A slightly shorter version was later released on their album Give the People What They Want.
Written about Ray Davies's failing marriage, the song originated during the Low Budget sessions. The song was completed in 1981 and released as a single. Better Things" was penned by Ray Davies in New York City about the "impending split" from his second wife, Yvonne.
 
 
 

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Lyrics

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

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

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

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

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

Here's wishing you the bluest sky
Wishing you the bluest sky
Hoping all the verses rhyme
Hoping all your verses rhyme
I hope tomorrow you'll find better things