Better Things to Do

Terri Clark

About Better Things to Do

"Better Things to Do" is a song written by Tom Shapiro, Chris Waters, and co-written and recorded by Canadian country music artist Terri Clark. It was released in July 1995 as her debut single and served as the lead-off single to her self-titled debut album. It was a Top 10 hit on both the U. S. and Canadian country charts, where it peaked at number 3 on both.


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Don't tell me the reason that you're calling
Is to see if I'm all right since you've been gone
'Cause I know you and I know why we're talking
You're wanting me to say I'm barely hanging on
Well, maybe that was true for a night or two
But now, I got better things to do


I could wash my car in the rain
Change my new guitar strings
Mow the yard just the same as I did yesterday
I don't need to waste my time crying over you
I got better things to do

Maybe when I don't have so much going
Or quite so many irons in the fire
I'll take the time to miss you like you're hoping
But now, I can't put forth the effort it requires
Well, I'd love to talk to you, but then, I'd miss Donahue
That's right, I got better things to do


Check the air in my tires
Straighten my stereo wires
Count the stars in the sky or just get on with my life
I don't need to waste my time crying over you
I got better things to do
I got better things to do

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Terri Clark

Terri Lynn Sauson (born August 5, 1968), known professionally as Terri Clark, is a Canadian country music artist who has had success in both Canada and the United States. Signed to Mercury Records in 1995, she released her self-titled debut that year. Both it and its two follow-ups, 1996's Just the Same and 1998's How I Feel, were certified platinum in both countries, and produced several Top Ten country hits. more »

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Written by: Tom Shapiro, Terri Clark, Chris Waters


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10 facts about this song

Song Origin
"Better Things to Do" is a song that was recorded by the Canadian country music artist Terri Clark. It was released in March 1995.
Debut Single
This song serves as the debut single of Terri Clark's self-titled debut album.
Song Performance
The song was a commercial success. It peaked at the No. 3 spot on both the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts in the United States and the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.
Song Composition
"Better Things to Do" was written by Terri Clark, Tom Shapiro, and Chris Waters. Shapiro and Waters are notable songwriters in the music industry.
Song Theme
The song is about a woman who does not have time to think about her past relationship because she has "better things to do."
Thanks to this song, in 1995, Terri Clark received her first nomination for the Canadian Country Music Association award for Single of the Year.
As part of the song's promotion, a music video was released. Steven Goldmann, a famous film and music video director, directed it.
Chart Success
Not only in Canada and the United States, but "Better Things to Do" also gained popularity in other countries and entered the global charts. It reached the top 10 of the official country singles chart in Australia as well.
The song helped propel Terri Clark's career and she became recognized as one of country music's prominent female singers of the '90s.
Album Success
This single greatly contributed to the success of Clark's debut album. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA, and it also spawned three more top 10 hits.

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