Bill Withers - Better Off Dead Lyrics

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She couldn't stand me anymore
so she just took the kids and went.
You see, I've got a drinkin' problem,
all the money that we had I spent.

Now I must die by my own hand
'cause I'm not man enough to live alone.
Hey, hey, she's better off without me
and I'm better off dead now that she's gone.


Ah, she gave the most, took the least,
she even had the priest come to our home.
And I cried and prayed and promised
that I'd leave the stuff alone.

Now I must leave what I can't face,
I hope she finds the kids a happy home.
Hey, hey she's better off without me
and I'm better off dead now that she's gone.

She used to call her friend and cry,
then the man cut off the telephone.
She'd sit and cry while I went out
and pawned the things we owned.

Now I must die by my own hand
'cause I'm not man enough to live alone.
Hey, hey she's better off without
me and I'm better off dead.

Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Harlem
  • 2 Ain’t No Sunshine
  • 3 Grandma’s Hands
  • 4 Sweet Wanomi
  • 5 Everybody’s Talkin’
  • 6 Do It Good
  • 7 Hope She’ll Be Happier
  • 8 Let It Be
  • 9 I’m Her Daddy
  • 10 In My Heart
  • 11 Moanin’ and Groanin’
  • 12 Better Off Dead


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Bill Withers
    album: Track 12 in album Just As I Am
    release date: 1971-5
    popularity : 174 users have visited this page.
    genres: Funk / Soul Blues Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Acoustic/Rhythm & Blues/Soul
    length: 2:17
    producer: Booker T. Jones
    vocal: Bill Withers
    mixer: John Golden
    recorded by: Bill Lazarus and Bill Halverson
    arranger: Booker T. Jones
    Album Information
    label: Sussex
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin