"Better Days" as written by and John Rzeznik....
And you asked me what I want this year
And I try to make this kind and clear
Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days
'Cause I don't need boxes wrapped in strings
And designer love and empty things
Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days

[Chorus]
So take these words and sing out loud
'Cause everyone is forgiven now
'Cause tonight's the night the world begins again

I need some place simple where we could live
And something only you can give
And that's faith and trust and peace while we're alive
And the one poor child who saved this world
And there's ten million more who probably could
If we all just stopped and said a prayer for them

[Chorus]

I wish everyone was loved tonight
And somehow stop this endless fight
Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days

[Chorus]

'Cause tonight's the night the world begins again


Lyrics submitted by wheaties409

"Better Days" as written by John Rzeznik

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  • +1
    General CommentIt wasn't about Katrina. It was written and released months before it ever happened.

    It wasn't about Katrina. It was written and released months before it ever happened.

    It wasn't about Katrina. It was written and released months before it ever happened.

    It wasn't about Katrina. It was written and released months before it ever happened.

    It wasn't about Katrina. It was written and released months before it ever happened.

    It wasn't about Katrina. It was written and released months before it ever happened.

    It wasn't about Katrina. It was written and released months before it ever happened.


    Got it everyone?
    boynamedgoo22on August 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentEveryone's going on about Christianity & Judaism and all that, but I never looked at this song in a religious way at all.
    For me I always pictured a couple who had had a rough year (maybe trouble in relationship, illness or something), and it's new years eve ("what you want this year") and talk to each other about how they're going to do things differently this year. It's very sad in a way but has a hint of hope.
    Such a beautiful song
    katereid43on June 05, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaning"And the one poor child who saved this world
    And there's ten million more who probably could
    If we all just stopped and said a prayer for them"

    The poor child he sings about has to be Jesus Christ. I think the 'ten million more' they're referring to may be people who have died in vain, such as soldiers at war etc.

    In general 'Better Days' is about dreaming of a time where all bad things are removed from the world such as poverty and war which are and have been very topical.
    blessbabeon July 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI submitted the completed version of the lyrics, but I couldn't tell if he was saying "boxes" or "boxers" in the second stanza so I went with boxes.

    Anyway, the release of this single took me by complete surprise. They haven't gone back to the good years of "A Boy Named Goo" and "Superstar Carwash," but it's also not as bad as "Give a Little Bit". *shudders* Yeah, it's anoher cheesy ballad, but I can definitley sense some enormous amounts of maturity that I've never heard in Johnny before. This could be good lyrically, but it could also be bad musically. Hopefully, Robby will have plenty of old-Goo-style, hard-guitar songs for us on the new album. It could make for an interesting balance or a scattered, disconnected mess. We'll just have to wait and see.
    Sehmaraon September 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDamn! I wanted to be the one to submit the lyrics! =P

    I first heard this a couple weeks ago from a clip you could download on their site. Should've just bought the song..

    Yeah, it's definitely boxes, as in presents. I think the whole song is about the holidays and the giving of gifts: "And you asked me what I want this year". That's like when somebody asks someone they love what they want for Christmas or whatever. And then he replies that he just wants "a chance that maybe we'll find better days". Yeah, pretty cheesy.

    He's saying he doesn't want any ordinary gifts on a holiday that's so commercially-driven ("empty things"), rather the chance to find better days; "I wish everyone was loved tonight / and we somehow stopped this endless fight" is probably talking about all the fighting that is constantly going on around the world (political partisanship, religious differences, national pride, et cetera). "cause everyone is forgiven now / cause tonight's the night the world begins again" is most likely saying the new year is coming and everyone can start again with a clean slate. Now that I think about it, this is kind of a strange song to release in September. :\

    Man, I can't wait for a new Goo Goo Dolls album, though. It's been too long. I thought they'd called it quits till a couple months ago. And hopefully Robby will be given a little more lovin'. It's not all about John, though I have to admit I like mosty of his songs more.

    And yeah, Give A Little Bit is awful. They really couldn't find a better song to cover?
    Ximon September 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so inspirational...in a world where all you desire is peace and comfort for ALL people, its glad to have talented people who actually have something meaningful to say. hes talking about world peace. forgetting old traditions and suggesting that unity and tolerance should become the new tradition...and you know what...like other generations, we have the oppurtunity to set a revolution in progress...and unlike several others, we are going to do it...bye peace love goo
    gd42141on September 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is probably the goo goo doll's most mainstreamed song yet ...it seems that Rzeznik has matured even more in his lyrics... it's hard to believe that the same guy that was begging someone "don't beat my ass with a baseball bat"...has matured to someone who wishes "everyone was loved tonight and we somehow stopped this endless fight"...to this day i haven't heard a song by the goos that i haven't liked, whether it be punk or mainstream (which i can say about few other bands)... overall an excellent, and moving, song
    wheaties409on September 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell,I haven´t got the chance to listen the whole new music yet.I just heard a sample of it on the goo`s web site,anyway,I think they really rock!!GGDs are not very famous here in Brazil,despite de tremendous success with the balad "Iris",but even though I simply became an addicted to their songs..It´s also very hard to find GGDs cds here,most of them we have to buy by internet.That´s a shame!!
    can´t see the time to the new cd release...
    best wishes from Brazil,peace,love
    Goo.
    BrazilianGooFanon September 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentc'mon man, can't you see the message in this? Call it cheesy but i dont think so... its not just all about "finding better days" and wanting the more meaningful things in life.

    surely it concerns christmas --- hence the line "you asked me what i want this year"... and call me a jesus freak but this song, seems uncannily involved in the birth of christ---- "tonight's the night the world begins again"

    christ came to free mankind and save him from his sins hence the "'Cause everyone is forgiven now"

    and Christ did come to forgive... and he was born on earth on christmas as a child, hence the "the one poor child who saved this world"

    it never really occured to me that johnny could be religious but hey, who knows...

    and dont diss 'give a little bit' man! i love it..... the ggd have simply escalated from where they came from... and they continue to just that.
    topaincayupanquion October 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with you man, Peace out!
    resounderon October 13, 2005   Link

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