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"Better By Myself" is a an original song by the American pop-rock band Hey Violet, which is the lead single of their upcoming 3rd studio album.

Background

The song was announced in a handwritten letter by Rena posted to the band’s social media accounts. The song's release date was later announced on April 3rd.

Theme

In the letter written by Rena, the following was said:

"the title might speak for itself, but this is song is about realizing that sometimes it’s better to be on your own and learn how to love yourself before you try to love anyone else or be with someone that doesn’t put in the effort you need them to. i think self-care is the running theme. better by myself is coming out mid-april, holy shit." [1]

Lyrics

[Intro]
1, 2, 3

[Verse 1]
There may be something in the water
Over here in California's
Got me feeling like I'm better off alone
Maybe it's the way you used me
Watered down my love, abused me
And you always criticized me on the phone

[Refrain]
Ooh, ah

[Verse 2]
Would you kill me if I told you
That I never wanna speak to you
'Cause when I'm on my own, I feel alive
And there's nothing wrong with crying
But my empathy is dying
'Cause we never were that good, we'd always fight

[Pre-Chorus]
I'm better by myself (Self)
I'm better when there's no you in my life

[Chorus]
I'm better by myself (Better by myself, better by myself)
I'm better by myself (Better by myself, better by myself)
You're no good for my health (Better by myself, better by myself)
I'm better by myself (Better by myself, better by myself)

[Verse 3]
Everything you do just wears me down
It's getting old, I'm trying to run
It feels like you're just wasting me away
When you choose to terrorize me
And your confidence inside me dies
You suffocate me with the things you say

[Pre-Chorus]
I'm better by myself (Self)
I'm better when there's no you in my life
You're no good for my health (Health)
You're no good my troubled state of mind

[Chorus]
I'm better by myself (Better by myself, better by myself)
I'm better by myself (Better by myself, better by myself)
You're no good for my health (Better by myself, better by myself)
I'm better by myself (Better by myself, better by myself)

[Bridge]
Woo
Ooh, ah

[Chorus]
I'm better by myself (Better by myself, better by myself)
I'm better by myself (Better by myself, better by myself)
You're no good for my health (Better by myself, better by myself)
I'm better by myself (Better by myself, better by myself)
I'm better by myself

Videos

Trivia

  • The song is the first release without keyboardist Miranda Miller, who left the band amicably in 2017.
  • Rena Lovelis had an interview with Genius where she explained the lyrics of the song.

References

  1. https://www.instagram.com/p/BvhdBL7lxzs/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet
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