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"Better Days" is a song by Victoria Monét featuring Ariana Grande. It was released exclusively on Monét's SoundCloud on July 9, 2016.[1]

Background[]

On July 5, 2016, an African American man named Alton Sterling was shot by two white police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The following day, Philando Castile was shot by a police officer in St. Paul, Minnesota. These shootings sparked outrage across the United States and support for the Black Lives Matter movement. On July 7, a protest was held in Dallas, Texas and five police officers were killed.

Release and promotion[]

After Castile and Sterling were killed, Ariana tweeted condolences and a call to fix the problem.[2] On July 9, 2016, Ariana and Victoria released the song onto SoundCloud.[3][4][5]

On September 9, 2016, Victoria and Ariana performed the song for Victoria's opening acts for Fifth Harmony's 7/27 Tour, in support of their second studio album, 7/27.

On June 4, 2017, Victoria and Ariana performed the song as part of the One Love Manchester show to commemorate victims of the Manchester attack during the Dangerous Woman Tour show on May 22, 2017, where 22 people were killed, and 119 victims were injured. [6][7][8]

Lyrics[]

[Intro: Victoria Monét with Ariana Grande]
Mmmm-mmmm
Ah, yeah, yeah

[Verse 1: Victoria Monét]
Baby, there's a war right outside our window
Don't you hear the people fighting for their lives?
Baby, there's a war right outside our window
But it's gon' be alright

[Pre-Chorus: Victoria Monét with Ariana Grande]
'Long as I got you with me
In your arms, I find my shelter
Deep in your love, I will hide
Baby, you and me, stop the world when we're together
You find a way to take my mind

[Chorus: Ariana Grande with Victoria Monét]
Hoping for better days, better days
(Days when things are better)
Hoping for better days, better days
(Need some better days)
Hoping for better days, better days
(Days when things are better)
Hoping for better days, better days
(Need some better days)

[Verse 2: Victoria Monét]
I can hear the sirens right outside our window
And I can hear the children crying while their mothers cry
I'm praying for the people right outside our window
Hoping they find peace at night

[Pre-Chorus: Victoria Monét with Ariana Grande]
Just like you with me
In your arms, I find my shelter
Deep in your love, I will hide
Baby, you and me, stop the world when we're together
You find a way to take my mind

[Chorus: Ariana Grande with Victoria Monét]
Hoping for better days, better days
(Days when things are better)
Hoping for better days, better days
(Need some better days)
Hoping for better days, better days
(Days when things are better)
Hoping for better days, better days
(Need some better days)

[Bridge: Ariana Grande]
So how we gonna stop the violence, stop the hurting?
Stop the hatred, stop the murders
We're all human, that's for certain
Come together, we deserve it
What kind of life will our babies have if we don't change up and make it last?
It starts right here, starts right now
We'll love and hope for…

[Chorus: Ariana Grande with Victoria Monét, Ariana Grande, Victoria Monét]
Better days (Better days), better days (Better days)
(Days when things are better)
Hoping for (Hoping for) better days, better days (Oh)
(Need some better days) (Need some better days)
Hoping for better days (Hoping for some better days), better days (Ooh, days)
(Days when things are better) (Days when things are better)
Hoping for (Hoping for) better days, better days (Hoping for)
(Need some better days) (Need some better days)

[Outro: Victoria Monét with Ariana Grande]
Hey
Better days
Oh, yeah
Better
Oh, hey

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