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Pearl Jam, "Better Man". Had it been done before?


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You know the Pearl Jam song, Better Man ("She lies and says she's in love with him. Can't find a better man" etc). Had that song been previously done by another artist or was it an original?

Ever since the first time I heard it (by Pearl Jam) for some reason I've always thought that I'd heard before, maybe ages ago. At first I thought it might have been Joan Armatrading, but searching by that artist didn't turn up anything.

So was this a figment of my imagination? It wouldn't be the first time that I thought I'd heard something previously but was mistaken.

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Better Man is about Ed's mother Karen's reationship with Ed's stepfather Ed Meuller.

Thanks Catherine :), so it was a Pearl Jam original then. I dont know why I thought I'd heard it before, you know sometimes you just get that feeling when you hear a song.

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No, it's a different song entirely.

Pearl Jam: Better Man

Music and Lyrics by Ed Vedder; at some concerts, Vedder has dedicated this to "The bastard who married my mother."

Waiting, watching the clock

It's four o' clock

It's got to stop. Tell him

Take no more

She practices her speech

as he opens the door, she rolls over,

Pretends to sleep as he looks her over

She lies and says she's in love with him

Can't find a better man

She dreams in color, she dreams in red

Can't find a better man

Can't find a better man

Can't find a better man

Talking to herself, "There's no one else

who needs to know," she tells herself.

Oh memories back when she was bold and stong

and waiting for the world to come along

Swears she knew him now she swears he's gone.

She lies and says she's in love with him.

Can't find a better man.

She dreams in color, she dreams in red.

Can't find a better man.

She lies and says she still loves him.

Can't find a better man.

She dreams in color, she dreams in red.

Can't find a better man.

Can't find a better man

Can't find a better man

She loved him, yeah.

She don't want to leave this way.

She feeds him, yeah.

That's why she'll be back again.

Can't find a better man

Can't find a better man

_____________________________________________

Clint Black : A Better Man

What do you say when it's over?

I don't know if I should say anything at all

One day we're rollin' in the clover

Next thing you know we take the fall

Still, I think about the years since I first met you

And the way it might have been without you here

And I don't know if words from me can still upset you

But I've just gotta make this memory stand clear

I know I'm leavin' here a better man

For knowin' you this way

Things I couldn't do before, now I think I can

And I'm leavin here a better man

I guess I always knew I couldn't hold you

But I'd never be the one to set you free

Just like some old nursery rhyme your mama told you

You still believe in some old meant-to-be

Repeat chorus

Still, I'm leavin' here a better man...

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