Better Off With Me

Saw you at Jimmy John’s the other day
You were with your girlfriend and her kid
Memories of us were flooding my mind
as I thought about all the stuff we did
And I know you’re really into her
Cause you didn’t even know I was there
I kept hoping you would look my way
but instead, she gave me a long stare

And without saying a word, you all left
I felt rejected all over again
I remember those nights in your truck
Life was so much sweeter back then

What can I do but wonder
if I had done things differently
If I became what you were expecting
Instead of who I was meant to be
Would you have asked for my hand in marriage
after I got my Master’s Degree
I can’t help but think all about tonight
that you’d be better off with me
Better off with me

When I got home later on that afternoon
I found the box filled with our memories
and as I looked through the picture albums
I remember being us was a breeze
I thought about how effortless it was
and all the good times that we had
I couldn’t quite figure out by myself
why everything suddenly went bad

Without saying a word you were gone
You disappeared and I asked myself why
I’m not sure I did anything wrong
We always saw eye to eye

What can I do but wonder
if I did it all differently
If I became what you were expecting
Instead of who I was meant to be
Would you have asked for my hand in marriage
after I got my Master’s Degree
I know you’re in love and it feels right
but I’m thinking you’d be better off with me
You’d be better off with me.

2017

Song Notes: This one actually started out from a man’s perspective but I thought about the idea that sometimes, a songwriter should write something that they need to hear. While I don’t hear this kind of thing from people I went out with personally, I see this as a character song anyway. I think people could relate to this feeling and it’s a common sentiment in song. “You should be with me instead.” A fun lyric exercise. Excited to see what could become of it.

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Published by Matthew Kenneth Gray

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