Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lost Gem: "Better Days" - Badfinger (1970)


"You give all you want, but you take away what's mine."
~ Badfinger ~


An incredible Power-Pop group...Beatlesque in every way.  Badfinger were forerunners to later bands like...The Raspberries, The Records, Big Star, Cheap Trick, Foreigner...and the list goes on.

They had incredible melodic vision all served with an undercurrent of shadows giving even the most simple songs fresh legs.  (In retrospect, many seemed to be an unconscious cry for help).

Mike Gibbins, Joey Molland, Pete Ham, Tom Evans

Without opening up the public can of worms about lousy management that played no small part in two tragic suicides.  (Peter Ham & Tom Evans)...Badfinger was a band much too talented...to be treated much too unfairly.

Lost Gem:--> "Better Days"...has a funkified shuffle groove with excellent guitar fills from Pete Ham.  The message is clear, really.  Just give me my fair share.

Have you heard this gem?


I'm just a good boy, working hard to get my pay
A little time, a little trouble, a better day
I see no reason as for why it cannot be
A little time, a little trouble, a better day

You bury your head in the things you said, that's fine
But the days go by and you know it's getting dark at nine
You give all you want, but you take away what's mine
We can make it better
Baby, so much better all the time.
Just a good boy
Looking hard to see my way
A little time, a little trouble, a better day.

I see no reason as for why it cannot be
A little time, a little trouble, a better day.

Well, you bury your head in the things you said, that's fine
But the days go by and you know it's getting dark at nine
You give all you want but you take away what's mine
We can make it better
Baby, so much better all the time.


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Casey Chambers
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2 comments:

WZJN said...

It's always a good surprise when I stop over here and today was no exception. Badfinger holds a special place for me - reminds me of someone I dated who had an older brother that knew everything about them and used to play them all the time.

Nice memories, great post. Thank you.

Casey said...

All right...I'm glad for the memory burp. :^)

You know I would have thought having the Beatles throwing a nod Badfingers direction would have been huge.

Learning of all the turmoil within the group explains why they didn't take off. Lessons learned too, too late.

Thanks for the drop-in!