"It Gets Better" as written by and Nathaniel Joseph/dost Ruess....
What've we done?
Oh my God
What've we done?
Oh my God

This is really happening
You've never looked so bored
Can you feel my fingernails?
They've never been so short

It's hard to lay a golden egg
With everyone around
It's hard to stay inside my head
When words keep pouring out

Like starlight crashing through the room
We'll lose our feathers
Yes, I know it hurts at first
But it gets better

It gets better
It gets better
It gets better
We'll get better
It gets better
It gets better
It gets better
We'll get better

I can taste your summer sweat
It's never been so warm
So can we kick the covers off?
They're always on
It's never been so warm

It's hard to keep a straight face
When I just want to smile
Wish you could see the look that's in your eyes

Like starlight crashing through the room
We'll lose our feathers
Yes, I know it hurts at first
But it gets better

It gets better
It gets better
It gets better
We'll get better
It gets better
It gets better
It gets better
We'll get better

There's a fire in sky
Some snow in the ground
Not quite enough cigarettes
To calm me down

Oh my God
What've we done?
Oh my God
What've we done?
Oh my God

It gets better
It gets better
It gets better
We'll get better
It gets better
It gets better
It gets better
We'll get better

This is really happening
This is really happening


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"It Gets Better" as written by Andrew Dost Nate Ruess

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  • +3
    My InterpretationUnless there's some underlying meaning that I'm not seeing, this song is clearly about having sex.

    People are bad at it at first, and "it gets better, we'll get better."
    shobonon March 18, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think it's about his feelings for a girl. He wants to like her but isn't sure. She seems uninterested in him and he can't get in touch with her. Thus the part about her being bored and his fingernails being short.

    They move on and now like each other and have sex. Thus "summer sweat".
    sooshishefon March 13, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about having sex for the first time. That's about it.
    bamchelseaon April 21, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me this song sounds like it's about two people having sex for the first time. Neither are too comfortable, but whoever the songs point of view is from seems to be having most trouble in the situation.
    ReubenBlock97on June 30, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI would never have interpreted it as someone losing their virginity. To me it sounds like what it says, getting better, healing from something, seeing new perspectives. I base this on the line

    "Like starlight, crashing through the room, we'll loose our feathers."

    It reminds me of Swan lake. Odette was transformed into a swan by a bad spell but at nights she can become a human for a few hours. So in this context "Loose our feathers" wouldn't mean not being able to fly anymore but actually becoming yourself again. Just for a short period; so a step forwards and getting better but still not having reached your aim.

    "I can taste your summer sweat
    It's never been so warm
    So can we kick the covers off?
    They're always on
    It's never been so warm"

    I know how that sounds but couldn't it be possible that he means that they cover, hide, but he wants to get rid of the covers because he thinks they don't need them anymore ("I can taste your summer sweat, it's never been so warm") and also the covers are constraining them. He thinks they are ready to do the next step, because they already get better.

    I know, Nate said it is about losing virginity but 1. I am not so sure if he was serious about that and 2. this is how I'd like to see it. As a motivational song that things will get better soon.
    melancholion May 31, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me this song sounds like it's about two people having sex for the first time. Neither are too comfortable, but whoever the songs point of view is from seems to be having most trouble in the situation.
    ReubenBlock97on June 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me this song sounds like it's about two people having sex for the first time. Neither are too comfortable, but whoever the songs point of view is from seems to be having most trouble in the situation.
    ReubenBlock97on June 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the short fingernails comment could also be referring to biting his nails out of nervousness/anxiety
    getmeeon July 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"That song is just about losing your virginity." -Nate Ruess about this song

    Source: rollingstone.com/music/news/…
    rbreton April 15, 2014   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationOkay, since there's a project called 'It Gets Better' to help gay youth through the struggle of adolescence/coming out/being different, here are my thoughts:

    What have we done, oh my god
    What have we done, oh my god (Could be either from the POV of the person who has just decided to 'come out' or a person who made fun of these people in his youth, but now looks back on it and regrets it.)

    This is really happening (Life is really happening. Now's the time, and once you go through with your actions and decisions, you can't take them back.)
    You never looked so bored (I agree with some of the other interpretations, this could be sex. Especially with the line about the fingernails.)
    Can you feel my fingernails?
    They've never been so short

    It's hard to lay a golden egg with everyone around (It's hard to do something different, i.e. be homosexual, when everyone is around and judging you.)
    It's hard to stay inside my head when words keep pouring out (It's hard to stay in the closet when he feels he needs to be true to himself and come out. Also could be addressing a lover in saying, 'it's hard to keep secrets from you when I so want to tell you how I feel about you.')

    Like starlight crashing through the room, we'll lose our feathers (Starlight is bright and flashy, indicating a great change in life. Losing your feathers could be some sort of molting/indicator of growing up, or even that feathers are a commonality among other people [i.e. birds of a feather] but once he comes out, he'll be different and will lose his feathers.)
    Yes, I know it hurts at first but it gets better (It hurts at first emotionally because a lot of people don't accept it. But - and here's where the theme of the whole project comes in - it gets better once you get older and get out of the judgmental world of adolescence.)

    It gets better, it gets better
    It gets better, we'll get better (Okay. Obviously the 'it gets better' is the same, but the 'we'll get better' may even reference the people who made fun of him in the past [as I mentioned in the first line.] They'll eventually grow up and realize that they were wrong.)

    It gets better, it gets better
    It gets better, we'll get better

    I can taste your summer sweat (Basically just discovering new things about this new lifestyle.)
    It's never been so warm
    So can we kick the covers off? (Kick the covers off of our lives, i.e. come out of the closet and tell the world.)
    They're always on (They're ALWAYS on, meaning we're always hiding our secrets/true selves from the world.)
    It's never been so warm (Warm as in stifling as in can't live/breathe under the pressure of these secrets anymore.)

    It's hard to keep a straight face when I just want to smile (Maybe he feels he should be somber if someone who is close to him is having trouble accepting it. However, he knows this is who he truly is, so he just wants to smile.)
    If you could see the look that's in your eyes (This is a bit ambiguous. Could be a reproachful look from someone who can't accept the news, or could be the look in his lover's eyes, who's glad he's finally told his secrets and can be with him.)

    Like starlight crashing through the room, we'll lose our feathers
    Yes, I know it hurts at first but it gets better

    It gets better, it gets better
    It gets better, we'll get better

    It gets better, it gets better
    It gets better, we'll get better

    There's a fire in sky (The uproar and drama caused when first coming out.)
    Some snow on the ground
    Not quite enough cigarettes
    To calm me down (He's smoking trying to get past the problems of the present.)

    What have we done, oh my god
    What have we done, oh my god

    It gets better, it gets better
    It gets better, we'll get better

    It gets better, it gets better
    It gets better, we'll get better

    (This is really happening)
    It gets better, it gets better
    It gets better, we'll get better

    (This is really happening)
    It gets better, it gets better
    It gets better, we'll get better
    kaitlin74on April 15, 2012   Link

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