“I Ain’t No Angel…”

better than i used to be II

Tim McGraw is one of my inspirations and an inspiration to thousands of people in world. I admire Tim McGraw for opening up publicly about getting sober and sharing that addiction was definitely interfering with his career, marriage, family and life in general.  When he recorded and released “Better Than I Used to Be”, originally released by Sammy Kershaw, he hit the nail on the head in regards to sharing a song about recovery and faith.  I have been listening to this song for years when it was released by Sammy Kershaw and it was refreshing to hear it released by a man facing some of the same challenges others.  As I mentioned in a previous post, “we all bleed red” and if one song by a top selling artist changes one life, it is worth it.  The lyrics of this song are powerful and true.  No one has had a perfect past and I can be the one to tell you that my past is definitely not spotless, but I would never want it to be.  The life experiences I have had in the past have gotten me where I am today and I am thankful for that. Almost every word in this song reigns true to my life and I am sure it reigns true to the lives of thousands, if not millions.

The lyrics such as: I’ve sent “a lot of bridges up in smoke”, “learning who you’ve been, ain’t who you gotta be”, “I’m cleaning up my act little by little”, “I ain’t no angel”, “there is a diamond under all of this dust”, “I can finally stand the man in the mirror I see”, “You ain’t gotta dig to deep if you want to find some dirt on me”, “Better than I used to be”, are inspirational to me and continue to repeat themselves in my mind, heart and soul.  This song is not about feeling sorry for yourself, but it’s about picking yourself up off the ground or continuing to stand tall and knowing that you are or could be getting better every day, little by little.  It also lets you know that you don’t have to be perfect and reminds people that their going to have some ups and downs in life, but even with adversity, life can still be positive.

“Better Than I Used to Be” – Tim McGraw

“I Knew I Drank Too Much” – Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw on Marriage, Music and Getting Sober

Lyrics:

I know how to hold a grudge
I can send a bridge up in smoke
And I can’t count the people I’ve let down, the hearts I’ve broke
You ain’t gotta dig too deep
If you wanna find some dirt on me
I’m learning who you’ve been
Ain’t who you’ve got to be
It’s gonna be an uphill climb
Aww honey I won’t lie

I ain’t no angel
I still got a few more dances with the devil
I’m cleaning up my act little by little
I’m getting there
I can finally stand the man in the mirror I see
I ain’t as good as I’m gonna get
But I’m better than I used to be

I’ve pinned a lot of demons to the ground
I’ve got a few old habits left
But there’s still one or two I might need you to help me get
Standing in the rain so long has left me with a little rust
But put some faith in me
And someday you’ll see
There’s a diamond under all this dust

I ain’t no angel
I still got a few more dances with the devil
I’m cleaning up my act little by little
I’m getting there
I can finally stand the man in the mirror I see
I ain’t as good as I’m gonna get
But I’m better than I used to be

I ain’t no angel
I still got a few more dances with the devil
But I’m cleaning up my act little by little
I’m getting there
I can finally stand the man in the mirror I see
I ain’t as good as I’m gonna get
But I’m better than I used to be

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