"My Better Self" as written by Alaina Moore-riley and Patrick Riley....
My better self still knows
That meaning comes and goes
What is it made?
I do not know
But meaning comes and it goes

Each and every portent
Of bitter substance spent
Despite the effort I have planned
You seem to lose what I've meant

If I don't use words
Then each sound goes unheard
Utterly senseless without nouns and verbs
Symbols suggest they are fit to possess
A purposely function
That cannot be met

Those who created know
Air is in man and blow
Only the value given shows
That meaning comes and goes

My better self still knows

That meaning comes and goes
What is it made?
I do not know
But meaning comes and it goes

If I don't use words
Then each sound goes unheard
Utterly senseless without nouns and verbs
But symbols suggest they are fit to possess
A purposely function
That cannot be met

If I don't use words
Then each sound goes unheard
Utterly senseless without nouns and verbs
But symbols suggest they are fit to possess
A purposely function
That cannot be met

My better self still knows
That meaning comes and goes
What is it made?
I do not know
But meaning comes and goes


Lyrics submitted by laxlaxlax, edited by calculatorwatch

"My Better Self" as written by Patrick Riley Alaina Moore-riley

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  • +2
    My InterpretationI agree with Nutinbutluv2giv's lyric corrections, but I have a different take on it. It feels like a love lost situation, where things have dissolved and this is about the acceptance of it. Where leaving things unsaid and really relying on 'symbols' (something senseless, with a purposely function, that cannot be met) or the implied had kept things together at that point but actual words led to something that was once there, to go. Perhaps learning their respective meanings were completely different.
    lamelywishesillon April 30, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCorrect lyrics:

    My better self still knows
    That meaning comes and goes
    What is innate?
    I do not know
    But meaning comes and it goes

    Each and every attempt
    A bit of substance spent
    Despite the effort I have planned
    You seem to lose what I've meant

    If I don't use words
    Then each sound goes unheard
    Utterly senseless without nouns and verbs
    Symbols suggest they are fit to possess
    A purpose in function
    That cannot be met

    Those who created know
    There is an ebb and flow
    Only the value given shows
    That meaning comes and goes

    My better self still knows
    That meaning comes and goes
    What is innate?
    I do not know
    But meaning comes and it goes

    If I don't use words
    Then each sound goes unheard
    Utterly senseless without nouns and verbs
    But symbols suggest they are fit to possess
    A purpose in function
    That cannot be met

    If I don't use words
    Then each sound goes unheard
    Utterly senseless without nouns and verbs
    But symbols suggest they are fit to possess
    A purpose in function
    That cannot be met

    My better self still knows
    That meaning comes and goes
    What is innate?
    I do not know
    But meaning comes and goes


    ~Such a cool song. I think it's just about how true meaning is really carried by the things we can't put into words. As she says, we need words to communicate ideas, but in order to understand the real meaning behind those ideas we need to rely on nonverbal symbols and the values that others put on them. That's why we can have miscommunications and the things we say can be taken the wrong way even when we use the right words to say them. It definitely implies some sort of struggle to relate to someone and the frustration of realizing there's no way to get across to that person when they can't understand the meaning behind what you're saying.
    calculatorwatchon May 28, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionThese are the most correct lyrics I have found so far:


    My better self still knows
    That meaning comes and goes
    What is innate?
    I do not know
    But meaning comes and it goes

    Each and every attempt
    Of bitter ? (This line isn't clear)
    Despite the effort I have planned
    You seem to lose what I’ve meant

    If I don’t use words
    Then each sound goes unheard
    Utterly senseless without nouns and verbs
    Symbols suggest they are fit to possess
    A purpose in function
    That cannot be met

    Those who created know
    A reason ?
    Only the value given shows
    That meaning comes and goes

    My better self still knows
    That meaning comes and goes
    What is innate?
    I do not know
    But meaning comes and it goes
    If I don’t use words
    Then each sound goes unheard
    Utterly senseless without nouns and verbs
    But symbols suggest they are fit to possess
    A purpose in function
    That cannot be met

    If I don’t use words
    Then each sound goes unheard
    Utterly senseless without nouns and verbs
    But symbols suggest they are fit to possess
    A purpose in function
    That cannot be met

    My better self still knows
    That meaning comes and goes
    What is innate?
    I do not know
    But meaning comes and goes
    addyyouon September 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction*A bit of substance spent
    addyyouon September 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song means that people are blind to the signs that you try to send them and that the only way anyone will know how you feel is to speak!
    jaycce11on December 31, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationMy better self still knows
    That meaning comes and goes
    What is it made?
    I do not know
    But meaning comes and it goes

    Each and every portent
    Of bitter substance spent
    Despite the effort I have planned
    You seem to lose what I’ve meant

    If I don’t use words
    Then each sound goes unheard
    Utterly senseless without nouns and verbs
    Symbols suggest they are fit to possess
    A purposely function
    That cannot be met

    Those who created know
    Air is in man and blow
    Only the value given shows
    That meaning comes and goes

    My better self still knows
    That meaning comes and goes
    What is it made?
    I do not know
    But meaning comes and it goes
    If I don’t use words
    Then each sound goes unheard
    Utterly senseless without nouns and verbs
    But symbols suggest they are fit to possess
    A purposely function
    That cannot be met

    If I don’t use words
    Then each sound goes unheard
    Utterly senseless without nouns and verbs
    But symbols suggest they are fit to possess
    A purposely function
    That cannot be met

    My better self still knows
    That meaning comes and goes
    What is it made?
    I do not know
    But meaning comes and goes


    ~To me, this song means that words only make sense if they mean something, and that everyone interprets them differently. It seems to mean that sometimes you understand what is said, and sometimes you don't. (I'm not really sure yet; just guessing, this was my first time hearing the song today.)
    Nutinbutluv2givon February 21, 2012   Link

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