"Make You Better" as written by and Colin Meloy....
I want you, thin fingers
I wanted you, thin fingernails
And when you bend backwards
I wanted you, I needed you
Oh-oh, to make me better

I'll love you in springtime
I lost you when summer came
And when you pulled backwards
I wanted you, I needed to
Oh-oh, to make me better
Oh-oh, to make me better

But we're not so starry-eyed anymore
Like the perfect paramour you were in your letters
And won't it all just come around to make you
Let it all unbreak you to the day you met her
But it'd make you better
It'd make you better

I sung you, your twinges
I suffered you, your tattletales
And when you broke sideways
I wanted you, I needed you
Oh-oh, to make me better
Oh-oh, to make me better

But we're not so starry-eyed anymore
Like the perfect paramour you were in your letters
And won't it all just come around and make you
Let it all unbreak you to the day that you met her
And it'd make you better
Did it make you better?
Make you better

And all I wanted was a sliver to call mine
And all I wanted was a shimmer in your shine
To make me bright

'Cause we're not so starry-eyed anymore
Like the perfect paramour you were in your letters
Won't it all just come around and make you
Let it all unbreak you to the days you met her
But it'd make you better
It'd make you better


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"Make You Better" as written by Colin Meloy

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    General CommentTo me this song represents the story of a broken man who has been through a lot. Life has beaten him down, so he's become this sort of scummy person. People never thought he would amount to much until he met this perfect, glistening, woman who showed interest in him. They fell in love for a short time (I loved you in springtime) but then she discovered all his faults, and their relationship ended (I lost you when summer came). He was hoping that he could fix himself with this "perfect" woman and that her love would heal him (I wanted to, I needed to, to make me better). The woman ends up not being perfect either (But we're not so starry-eyed anymore/Like the perfect paramour you were in your letters). He had put her on a pedestal and thought she would love him no matter what, but she was a (flawed) human too and didn't live up to his dreamy expectations. That's why they broke up and he's broken still/again.
    natloon November 24, 2014   Link
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    General CommentGreat song. I like the link to "A Beginning Song". In the bridge he states that "And all I wanted was a sliver to call mine, And all I wanted was a shimmer in your shine, To make me bright". Throughout the whole song I get the feeling he still hopes they could get back together after their relationship ended in summer.
    And it seems in "A Beginning Song" he gets her back or at least made its peace with her, leading to a new beginning for him. However, and to get to back my initial point, in the ending of "A Beginning Song" he finds himself in that bright light that he always wanted ("My sweet love, Oh my love, And the light, Bright light, It's all around me").
    Both songs are my favorites on the album and I really like the connectedness of the two.
    Frisco11on January 21, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationFor me, it's about liking someone so much that you want to be the best you can be for them...you're motivated to look your best, look after your health, have a good career, all to impress them. And if they say anything against you, you're motivated to improve that. You make yourself better in the hope that it will make them want you back. That person becomes your main motivation more so than anything, more than yourself.
    clare11208on June 01, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI believe his lover (a woman or a man?) left the narrator for another woman.
    aiiiieeon October 26, 2016   Link

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