"Better by You, Better Than Me" as written by and Gary Wright....
You could find a way to ease my passion
You listen to the blood flow in my veins
You hear the teaching of the wind
Tell her why I'm alive within
I can't find the words My mind is dead
It's better by you better than me

Guess you'll have to tell her how I tried
To speak up thoughts I've held so inside
Tell her now I got to go
Out in the streets and down the shore
Tell her the world's not much living for
It's better by you better than me

Everybody
Everybody knows
Everybody
Everybody knows
Better by you better than me

You can tell what I want it to be
You can say what I only can see
It's better by you better than me

Guess I'll have to change my way of living
Don't wanna really know the way I feel
Guess I'll learn to fight and kill
Tell her not to wait until
They'll find my blood upon her windowsill?
It's better by you better than me

Everybody
Everybody knows
Everybody
Everybody knows
Better by you better than me

You can say what I only can see
You can tell what I want it to be

It's better by you better than me

Better by you better than me

You can tell what I want it to be
You can say way all they can see

Better by you better than me
Better by you better than me
You can say way all they can see

You can tell what I want it to be


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"Better by You, Better Than Me" as written by Gary Wright

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  • +3
    General CommentFirst off, Rob and the rest of this band didn't write this song, it's a cover origanally done by Spooky Tooth, written by lead vocalist Gary Wright.
    Secondly, It's an anti-war song about a guy who cant tell his girlfriend that he's going through hell, so he has his friend tell her for him.
    JudasPriest1977on December 30, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyou have to be on drugs to hear "do it"
    and you have to be insane to think that means "kill yourself"
    and you have to be downright suicidal to actually carry that out.

    so basically these two guys were on drugs, insane, and suicidal. and it's priest's fault they killed themselves? some people man....
    ZodiacDon February 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe kids tried to commit suicide to this song because in the bridge Rob supposedly (subliminally) says "Do it". As it turned out, its just him breathing heavily and a few idiots while on drugs took it the wrong way.
    samwaltonon March 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYa I cant beleve that the words "do it" would bring priest to court. Its not like he said"kill your self" or anything. Anyway, this is a great song, much better then the original version by Spooky Tooth. I love it when the band changes the tempo it the middle of the song, thats the best part.
    IronBlackZeppon May 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCheck out the early 90's documentary "Dream Decievers" on google video for the whole story.

    Rob Halford actually sings in court acapella (no lie), they interview the surviving kid after reconstructive surgery (though he later killed himself), the parents, it's an excellent watch.
    evildeeon January 13, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNotice how "do it" isn't even here...
    Ganondoxon October 04, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis music is about a guy who is "in love" with a girl and can't find the words because he is afraid to say it or show it. He wants to be stronger to be able to face his passion before she kills him on the inside . He wants to give up, move on and kill himself with the shame of his failure.
    joaosousaon March 18, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentObviously JP went through much controversy about its suicide songs, and this would have to be another one of my favorites. I love the guitar riff and wonder now in hindsight whether Rob wrote it about his lifestyle."Guess you'll have to tell her how I tried
    To speak up thoughts I've held so inside " whatever the reason behind the song-it kicks arse and is still on my Ipod's playlist!!!
    michellew2kon October 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe dude's fighting in a war.
    JudasPriest1977on December 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhile it didn't sound like Halford's voice, there is indeed SOMEBODY clearly audible at 2:33 that says the words "do it". I've since played this thing backwards on Goldwave and heard nothing suspicious.

    But, to whomever it may concern, listen to the song. Start it at about 2:25. He'll sing "better by you, better than me"... then there's a groan by Halford, then he sings "you can tell what I want it to be"... and THEN, the words "do it" are clearly audible.
    Yankeesfan630on May 24, 2008   Link

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