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Dianne Reeves – Better Days lyrics

Silver gray hair
Neatly combed in place
There were four generations
Of love on her face
She was so wise
No surprise passed her eyes
She's seen it all

I was a child, oh
About three or four
All day I'd ask questions
At night I'd ask more
But whenever, she never
Would ever turn me away
No, no oh woah
I'd say how can I be sure
What is right or wrong
And why does
What I want
Always take so long
Please tell me
Where does God live
And why won't
He talk to me
I'd say Grandma
What is love
Will I ever find out
Why are we so poor
What is life about
I wanna know the answers
Before I fall off to sleep
Woah ho woah ho

She saw the smile
As she tucked me in
Then she pulled up that
Old rockin' chair once again
But tonight she was
Slightly, remarkably
Different somehow
Slowly she rocked
Lookin' half asleep
Grandma yawned
As she stretched
Then she started to speak
What she told me
Would mould me and holds me
Together inside
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

She said all the things you ask
You will know someday
But you have got to live
In a patient way
God put us here by fate
And by fate that means
Better days

She said, child we are all
Moons in the dark of night
Ain't no mornings gonna come
Till the time is right
Can't get no better days lest
You make it through the night
You gotta make it
Through the night
Yes you do
You can't get to no
Better days
Unless you make it
Through the night (baby)
Oh ho, you will see
Those better days
But you gotta be patient
Be patient, oh baby
Be patient

Later that year at
The turn of spring
Heaven sent angels down
And gave Grandma her wings
Now, she's flyin'
And slidin', and glidin'
In better days
And although
I'm all grown up
I still get confused
I stumble through the dark
Getting bumped and bruised
When night gets in my way
I could still hear
My Grandma say
I can hear her say
I can hear her sayin'

You can't get to no
Better days
Unless you make it
Through the night (baby)
Oh ho, you will see
Those better days
But you gotta be patient
Child, do you hear me, yeah
Well, well, well, well
You can't get to no, no
Better days
Unless you make it
You got to make it
You got to make it
Through the night
Oh Grandma, oh Grandma
Do you see me now, lady
Oh oh oh oh oh
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  • u
    Better days have two meanings. For the grandma it is the chance to live with The Lord. For the granddaughter it is about living the life God has planned for her. While on earth there will be struggles and heartache. Those are the nights being discussed by the grandma. But when you follow the will of God then you make it out of the nights to better days. As the bible states, God will provide the desires of your heart if you chose to seek his kingdom in all you do. Patients is what we have to be to obtain blessings from God because God moves in his time not ours. We stumble through the night getting bumped and bruised because we are not patient and we don't seek the kingdom of God in all we do. According to the lyrics, by fate we are put here and by fate we will have better days. That means because of Jesus being life and the light of the world, we are given a chance to live on earth and because of Jesus sacrifice we are able to live with God in heaven as long as we believe. As we mature we learn that good things come in time and our thoughts focus on our eternal life. We learn that seeking the kingdom of God will lead to better days and eternal life with The Lord.
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  • u
    This song is a very meaningful one, the meaning depends on the person listening to this.
    For me, this is a simple yet very sweet conversation between two people - one who is just beginning to live a life and one who experienced the thrill of it.
    This is about exploring life, knowing what its purpose is and why patience is a virtue. Yeah, good things do come to those who wait. :)
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  • u
    I really love this song, it means a lot to me. A sweet memory of a child to her grandma and how she tough her grand daughter to believed in God. God is so powerful, He have many ways to help us. We only have to see His goodness through other people and be open minded.
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  • u
    You know what. You dig very deep to the point that you misunderstood the meaning of the song.
    The singer is just relating how her grandmother taught her to be a good person when she is still alive.! In this line.
    {Later that year at the turn of spring heaven sent angels down and gave grandma her wings. Now she's flyin', glidin' and slidin' to better days. }
    I just think that the grandma died and that she went to God! So I think it is not satanic. I hope your God will give you wisdom to analyze things in a positive way.
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    Better days is a story of the invaluable lessons and heirloom that one grandma left to a child. Which the child holds dear and made her guide as she journeyed through her life.
    The lessons on being patient, believing ingod fate and a safe journey in life. The journey will not be smooth but one who is patient and puts trust in god is assured of a safe arrival.
    One can never know what is a good life until she goes through the bad times and survives it through faith.
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