Getting Better Lyrics


It's getting better all the time
I used to get mad at my school
The teachers who taught me weren't cool
You're holding me down, turning me round
Filling me up with your rules.
I've got to admit it's getting better
A little better all the time
I have to admit it's getting better
It's getting better since you've been mine.
Me used to be a angry young man
Me hiding me head in the sand
You gave me the word
I finally heard
I'm doing the best that I can.
I've got to admit it's getting better
I used to be cruel to my woman
I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved
Man I was mean but I'm changing my scene
And I'm doing the best that I can.
I admit it's getting better
A little better all the time
Yes I admit it's getting better
It's getting better since you've been mine

Lead Singer: Paul

Recording: 3/9/67, 3/10/67, 3/21/67, 3/23/67
Mixing: 3/23/67, 4/17/67
Length: 2:47
Take: 15


Someone gives a count in for the vocals. Other talking.
The word "teachers" has a double-track sound to it, as if an overlapped edit was performed. I'm sure Paul can't sing two notes at once like this!
Distortion on "up"
(Right) Edit in the word "Bett/ter"
(Right) Someone shouts "Better" under Paul's vocals
(Right channel) whistle
Paul makes a verbal slip, "And you're doing the best that I can"
Sound (same as 1:26)
Piano and cymbal/hi hat do a "double skip", as if a faulty edit. Doesn't sound intentional.
"Shhh ..." or intake of breath?
1:21, 1:26, 1:33
Sound (right). Coming from the guitar, possibly a faulty amp/cable, or maybe very scratchy picking action!

Paul McCartney got the idea for the title when the sun came out while he was walking his dog, Martha. A year later, he wrote a song about his beloved pooch called "Martha My Dear."
John Lennon had a bad acid trip during the recording.
George Harrison played the tamboura, a large Indian string instrument. It is the droning noise about 2/3rds of the way through.
The string sound at the end was Beatles producer George Martin hitting the strings inside a piano.
Lennon contributed the pessimistic viewpoint, coming up with the line, "It can't get no worse." McCartney usually wrote much happier lyrics than Lennon.
This was used in commercials for Phillips television sets in 1999. The living Beatles resent the use of their songs in advertisements, but cannot prevent it because they do not own the publishing rights; Michael Jackson does.
The Beatles had stopped touring by the time this was released. The first time McCartney played it live was on his 2002 "Back In The US" tour. That tour was made into a CD and a 2-hour concert film that aired on ABC and was released on DVD.
This was used in the 2003 movie The cat in the Hat starring Mike Myers. (thanks, Adrian - Wilmington, DE)
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