I’ve avoided analyzing this song since we started the Lyrical Grace series back in March, and it’s not because I don’t love it; I do.

Here’s the problem…the song speaks to me only too well. I first heard this song on September 2nd of 2016, a couple of weeks after Grace first posted it to her YouTube channel, and immediately after I’d personally discovered her on YouTube by clicking on her “Light The Sky” performance on AGT (go see my Lyrical Grace breakdown of that song for further background). Like many of you can relate to, once I’d heard Grace I had to do a bit more research to find out who this tiny person with such an amazing collection of talents was. “The Good Just Gets Better” was one of the first songs that came up.

I was in a very dark place at the time when I first listened to this song and the experience was…strange. It was as though, and I’m not the first one (by a mile) to say this, but it was as though Grace was singing this song to me and had written it for me; though obviously not the first verse about being “just a little girl”. 😉

I realize there are many cynics in this world, and a lot of them showed up a week and a half ago to mock adult fans of Grace: “It’s sick. There are people actually claiming Grace saved their lives with her music. What a bunch of freaks”. Well, count me in as another freak, then.

Grace didn’t “reach out through my computer monitor and rescue me with her divine spirit”, or anything so melodramatic as the cynics would have you believe those whom Grace has helped might claim. She simply reminded me that not everyone is horrible, that there are people in this world who want to help others, that we can all help each other, and that if a 12-year-old girl can figure that out, why the hell can’t I come to the same realization?

I listened to the song a few times in a row to fully absorb it then, but I’ve listened to only portions since as part of my work here for the Vault, until today. While it’s still comforting, it also stirs up the same feelings I had just before hearing it. That may speak to my weakness, but I believe it also speaks to the power of Grace’s art that it can move me this much, even two years later as though I’d just heard it for the first time.

Let’s get to it…

“You think that you know everything you need to know about the world
But let me tell you now, you’re just a little girl
There’s much more to come
You can’t give up now
College exams and high school boyfriends
Just getting by for the rent

[pre-Chorus]
So we’ll take it one step at a time
Don’t be nervous you’ll be fine
We’ll get through this together
You and me
So we’ll take it one step at a time
Don’t be nervous you’ll be just fine
We’ll get through this together
You and me

[Chorus]
Cause i believe you can
So please just take my hand
And we will get through this life together
’cause the good just gets better

[verse 2]
Sure you’ll have your off days and your heartbreaks
Ice cream is the best medicine for mistakes

[pre-Chorus]
So we’ll take it one step at a time
Don’t be nervous you’ll be fine
We’ll get through this together
You and me
So we’ll take it one step at a time
Don’t be nervous you’ll be just fine
We’ll get through this together
You and me

[Chorus]
’cause i believe you can
So please just take my hand
And we will get through this life together
’cause the good…

[bridge]
So keep pushin’ through it, you can do it,
We will find a way out
Hours into seconds
Seconds
So please just make each one of them count

[pre-Chorus]
So we’ll take it one step at a time
Don’t be nervous you’ll be fine
We’ll get through this together
You and me
So we’ll take it one step at a time
Don’t be nervous you’ll be just fine
We’ll get through this together
You and me

[Chorus]
Cause i believe you can
So please just take my hand
And we will get through this life together
’cause the good just gets better…”

The first lines sound like they are an excerpt from a conversation Grace may have had with Tina, Dave, or Olivia on an occasion when Grace may have “gotten a little too big for her britches” as we old fogeys tend to say. It also addresses the first hints of battling depression, a recurrent theme in Grace’s song catalog. The lyrics are simple, but poignant.

“You think that you know everything you need to know about the world
But let me tell you now, you’re just a little girl
There’s much more to come
You can’t give up now
College exams and high school boyfriends
Just getting by for the rent”

This brings us to the pre-chorus…

“So we’ll take it one step at a time
Don’t be nervous you’ll be fine
We’ll get through this together
You and me”

Again this feels like a continuation from a conversation she had that encouraged her to go on, that she wasn’t alone, to be brave and not envision the broader scope of what was troubling her, but to tackle the problem in more manageable and less intimidating portions.

Now the chorus…

“Cause i believe you can
So please just take my hand
And we will get through this life together
’cause the good just gets better”

Again, reinforcing the idea that she isn’t alone, someone is offering their hand, or is she now offering her own hand to someone else? As is often the case with Grace’s songs she switches point of view many times, often without warning, leaving it up to the listener to determine what’s happening. It also establishes another theme that will find its way into Grace’s future songs: “The good just gets better”, meaning that while negativity can breed further negativity so too can something positive lead to more constructive and enjoyable circumstances.

Second verse…

“Sure you’ll have your off days and your heartbreaks
Ice cream is the best medicine for mistakes”

I love Grace’s prescription for managing the rough patches, and again brings up another future trend in her songs, though she introduced this concept in “Beautiful Thing‘, that though you might get past what’s troubling you now, hold on and prepare yourself, because life is a series of challenges. It’s best to just batten down the hatches and grab some Blue Bunny, Hagen Daaz, Ben & Jerry’s, or Baskin Robbins and push on through it.

After repeating the pre-chorus and chorus again we get to the bridge…

“So keep pushin’ through it, you can do it,
We will find a way out
Hours into seconds
Seconds
So please just make each one of them count”

Again, she is saying that she’s not, or you’re not, alone, and that together you’ll find a way out of whatever is troubling you, or her. She then, as she does in “Beautiful Thing”, toys with time, or rather insinuates that our perception of time is malleable and that, if we so choose we can turn hours of suffering into mere seconds, yes, seconds (by repeating the word), and then further turns the tables by saying that these newly perceived seconds should be made to count toward obtaining a solution rather than wallowing away in misery.

Grace not only wrote that, but came up with those very sophisticated concepts, when she was only 12 years old. God, I can’t wait to hear what this new music she’s just recorded will sound like.

Can you?

This article was first posted on VanderVault’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Yfl9ID8F0g&lc=Ugw3oDGPrcTxfhzifhh4AaABAg