Paul McCartney's given name is not "Paul James McCartney". It is "James Paul McCartney."...
It's getting better all the time
I used to get mad at my school
The teacher's that taught me weren't cool
You're holding me down
Filling me up with your rules

I've got to admit it's getting better
A little better all the time
I have to admit it's getting better
It's getting better since you've been mine

Me used to be angry young man
Me hiding me head in the sand
You gave me the word
I finally heard
I'm doing the best that I can
I've got to admit it's getting better

I used to be cruel to my woman
I beat her and kept apart from the things that she loved
Man I was mean but I'm changing my scene
And I'm doing the best that I can

I admit it's getting better
A little better all the time
Yes I admit it's getting better
It's getting better since you've been mine...


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"Getting Better" as written by John Winston Lennon John Lennon

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    General Commentok not everything the beatles write is about fucking drugs. Why can't you fucking people figure that out?
    daybeforethefirston January 16, 2005   Link
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    My InterpretationSomeone once told me that John in an interview (I never read it) that the song is actually supposed to be kind of negative, and trying to convince yourself that sings are getting better but in reality they arent; in fact you only think it has to be getting better because it seems like "things cant get much worse" but they also seem to. Maybe a reflection on society trying to pretend bad things arent happening and by not addressing them it keeps getting worse.
    jasonveraSCon November 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeah I think the song is in the view of someone in denial, trying a bit too hard to convince himself.
    wasp2020on April 23, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think the song is jsut about how life gets better little by little and not instantly (no instant gratification)

    I don't know any history and as to themachine312....you have commented on all the beatles songs i have so far, so there must be something about them you keep writing for...
    A_Page06on July 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow, no one has commented on such a great song yet? I love how Paul sings about how things are "getting better," and John informs that "it can't get much worse."
    missbinnyon July 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song seems straight forward but since its the Beatles........people need to comment on this song, yes. I dont really know anything behind it so i cant help..
    themachine312on June 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commentactually "getting better" was a saying of jimmy nicol's. every time the beatles would see him after he subbed for ringo his response was always "it's gettng better all the time." the phrase became a sort of running joke amongst the four, and eventually led to this song.
    sfarmer89on July 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthey used the term "getting better" all the time....like.."hey how are things", "oh it's getting better". it was a common phrase they used in every day dialect
    cfontson December 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me so happy no matter what. it reminds me of good times in my life and its one of my fave beatles songs probably even though i like many many of their songs. amazing (:
    katemsdfyon August 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhatIsMeaning: "Made a deal with the devil", ha ha, I think you're joking but, like you, I am seeing a spiritual dimension.

    Paul changes pronouns between "I used to be cruel to my woman" and "It's getting better since you've been mine", so he can't be addressing the same woman in both lines, that doesn't make sense. I think he found Jesus.

    Also check "You (Jesus) gave me the word (the Word of God), I finally heard, and I'm doing the best that I can (what people do when they get religion, usually)."

    Laugh at me, you're right, they did drugs. But consider Paul in "Let It Be," "Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom." He must have some kind of Christian faith, most likely Anglican, being British.

    Also, the lyrics need a correction, "I beat her and kept her APART from the things that she loved."

    Beatles Rock Band is such a fun game.
    TasmanianJedion February 17, 2010   Link

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