Riley Green Leans On His Faith In New Song, ‘Better Than Me’

The reflective track was inspired by the current global pandemic.


Lauren Jo Black

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April 22, 2020

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Riley Green; Photo by Ryan Smith

Riley Green is using his time in self-quarantine to do more of what he does best – write country songs about life, love, faith and everything in between.

The rising star recently took to Instagram to share “Better Than Me,” a brand new song inspired by “everything going on in the world today.” The faith-filled tune finds the Alabama native taking a good, hard look at life and realizing that while the current situation is less than ideal, it’s had some positive effects on his life. From taking care of projects around the house to catching up with family and friends, Green admits that there is some “right in all this wrong.”

“Is the world on fire / Feels like a bad dream / Did the hammer come down / Feels like a kick in the teeth / This down on my luck/ Has been getting me down on my knees / Might have been something I need,” he croons on the first verse.

The chorus goes on to recognize some of the positive things that have come out of the situation.

“Because I’ve been chasing, rat-racing / Doing anything to win / My grass looks like Augusta / And I got around to painting that fence / Been calling up my mama / Doing some old friend checking in / It seems like where I’m going might be better than where I’ve been / With all this going on / Found the right in all this wrong and I finally see / The good Lord knows better than me,” he sings.

Green’s honest and raw storytelling rings true to many of us right now. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life put on the backburner due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are spending more time with family and reconnecting with the things that matter most.

Click above to watch his acoustic performance of “Better Than Me.”

Riley Green’s debut album, Different ‘Round Here, is available now.

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.