"Better Than This" (Waitress fansong)

I saw Waitress for the first time last April, the hit musical about, uh, flawed relationships and unwanted pregnancy, with upbeat, poppy music by Sara Bareilles. At the time, one of my biggest…not complaints, exactly, but something…was that it was never explicitly acknowledged how crappy the men that both Jenna (the main character) and her coworker/friend Dawn have relationships with.

So I wrote this. I wrote it the next day, actually, but never got around to recording it until January, and didn’t finishing editing it together until now. Here’s a demo of “Better Than This”, to be performed by Jenna’s other coworker/friend Becky.

I did a terrible job with the audio here (sorry)—neither the camera mic, nor the little handheld mic I own, nor my headphone mic picked up a good recording on a good take. Me posting this is admitting that I’m not actually going to go back and rerecord it.


You deserve better than this
You deserve better than this
I know how it feels to get lost in a kiss
But you both deserve a helluva lot better than this

Jenna, what are you doing? Falling for this empty shell
Yeah, he’s making you feel good, but he’s supposed to make you well
He’s your doctor, not your sweetheart. God, this guy makes me sick
If he can’t keep his hands to himself like a man then he shouldn’t be out in public

(D: That’s not fair) Okay, now I don’t really give a rat’s ass about Earl
But if the doc won’t treat you like a lady, you shouldn’t fall for him like a girl!

You deserve better than this
You deserve better than this
I know how it feels to get lost in a kiss
But you both deserve a helluva lot better than this

(B: And as for you, Dawn)
I was optimistic at first about your guy (D: Becky, you’re just being silly)
I wanted to meet somebody who’d catch your eye (D: He’s a nice guy, now, really)
But when a man tells you who he is you should believe
I’ll translate his display from yesterday: he’s a creep! (D: Hey!)

Now listen: shared interests don’t make a romance
(J: And what about you?) I ain’t looking for love, I just want to dance

You deserve better than this
You deserve better than this
I know how it feels to get lost in a kiss
But you both deserve a helluva lot better than this

J: It’s been so long
B: Since you were able to feel
J: Since I was able to feel
B: I won’t say you’re wrong but you deserve someone real
J: But what really is real? (Someone like Cal?)
B: (Look, I ain’t too proud, I said that already) but honey it’s true
B: (Cal’s a good man, we’re working it out) and I want somebody at least that good for you (D: Look, to be honest there aren’t that many options out here)

You deserve better than this (J+D: Whoa oh oh)
You deserve better than this (J+D: Oh no no)
J+D: We both know how it feels to get lost in a kiss
I understand your situations, and you can bet that I’m pissed
Because you both deserve a helluva lot better than this