"Better Off This Way" as written by Jeremy Wade Mckinnon, Joshua Steven Woodard, Neil S Westfall, Alexander Thomas Shelnutt and Kevin Skaff....
I wonder if you'll notice
If they lock me up and throw away the key
Try to be open minded
You've got a lot to learn in the ways of me
You've always gotta say something
I'm none of your concern but you wont listen at all
You know I'd rather say nothing
And just be proud of myself for tearing down these walls

When you fall I'll be the only one who looks away
When you call I'll be the first to tell you "I can't stay"
It's all over I found a better way to help keep you from me
I'm better off this way
Wo-oh, Wo-oh
I'm better off this way
Wo-oh, Wo-oh

You're gotta keep this comin
Tell it like you know it but you don't know nothing, your call
We can settle this like gentlemen
And meet me at the back to end it all and start again
My whole life's been waiting
Ever since I can remember been anticipating your fall
And God let it be a long one
Can't let go of my grudge till I know you're done

When you fall I'll be the only one who looks away
When you call I'll be the first to tell you "I can't stay"
It's all over I found a better way to help keep you from me
I'm better off this way
Wo-oh, Wo-oh
I'm better off this way
Wo-oh, Wo-oh

You want it, you got it
You've always been such a waste of time
You want it, you got it
A friend of yours is no friend of mine
You want it, you got it
When will you act your age?
You want it, you got it
You're the reason things have to change
Wo-oh, Wo-oh
You're the reason things have to change
Wo-oh, Wo-oh

When you fall I'll be the only one who looks away
When you call I'll be the first to tell you "I can't stay"
It's all over I found a better way to help keep you from me
I'm better off this way
Wo-oh, Wo-oh
I'm better off this way
Wo-oh, Wo-oh

I'm better off this way.


Lyrics submitted by mrjoelish, edited by AdamArtz

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  • +4
    General CommentActually, its most likely, i feel about a snake friend. The "we can settle this like gentlemen" is much more likely not about a girl, because lets face it, you wouldnt beat your ex gf's ass in an alley. just saying
    thefalloferichon December 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my favorite songs off the new album. :)
    I'm going through exactly this right now.
    Pretty self-explanatory, sounds like an gf or ex still wants to be with him, but he knows it's over and doesn't want her to come back. "It's Better Off This Way" :D
    himynameischris44on November 20, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningpeople write songs for themselves, if you can`t relate to that song then.... listen to the next song... if that doesn`t work... change of band...
    puff86on July 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningpeople write songs for themselves, if you can`t relate to that song then.... listen to the next song... if that doesn`t work... change of band...
    puff86on July 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLyrical Corrections from the Band themselves.

    You gotta keep this coming,
    Tell it like you know it but you dont know nothing, your call
    We can settle this like gentlemen
    And meet me at the back to end it all and start again

    My whole lifes been waiting
    Ever since i can remember I've been anticipating your fall
    God let it be a long one.
    Can't let go of my grudge till I know I know you're done
    j0hn0bon November 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningWell... anyone can take the lyrics how they want it. This is probably my favorite album of 2010 mostly because of the lyrics. He could be talking about an asshole friend but I related with the chorus the most.

    When you fall I’ll be the only one who looks away
    When you call I’ll be the first to tell you I can’t stay
    It’s all over, I found a better way to help keep you from me
    I’m better off this way
    Woah-oh, woah-oh
    I'm better off this way
    Woah-oh, woah-oh

    I just got out of a terrible relationship and it ended because she's weak and just quit because it required work so the first two lines I see as when she realizes she made the biggest mistake of her life and tries to come back for help or whatever, I'll just leave her to her fate. The relationship is over and I realized she's the worst person ever and I'm so much better off. As for the second verse (yes it says gentlemen) I just can't wait to see her burn for how she treated me.

    My whole life’s spent waiting,
    Ever since I can remember been anticipating your fall,
    And God let it be a long one
    Can’t let go of my grudge till I know you’re done

    So that's how I related to it.
    Adigitalepiphanyon January 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI link the song to being in debt, struggling to get out of it and working at staying away from it. i cant put it down to one line, or part of hte song cos the whole thing links in to itself.
    coupemoeon April 16, 2011   Link

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