Little Big Town
Written by Taylor Swift
A painfully honest exploration of the feelings created by a necessary breakup, “Better Man” is one of the best – and most original – singles of the year.
It’s a concept that is grounded in so much truth that I’m amazed I’ve never heard it approached this way before. In “Better Man,” it is conceded that love remains and that splitting up hurts, but the longing for a return to a relationship that can never be pushes up against a poignant sentiment: “I just miss you and I just wish you were a better man.”
The writers do a great job of capturing both why she stayed so long and why she had to leave, and all of the conflicting feelings that go along with that. She remembers the man who was “always talking down to me like I’d always be around,” that she wished would “turn sweet again, like it was in the beginning.” And leaving is presented as something of a pyrrhic victory: “I hold on to my pride because these days it’s all I have. I gave you my best and we both know you can’t say that.”
It’s raw and real and deeply powerful.