|Something Better to Do|
Single by Olivia Newton-John
from the album Clearly Love
B-side "He's My Rock"
Genre Country, pop
Writer(s) John Farrar
Producer John Farrar
Something Better to Do" is a song written by John Farrar and recorded by Olivia Newton-John. The song was included in Newton-John's 1975 album, Clearly Love.
The narrator of the song muses that she's having a hard time adjusting to life without her departed lover; even the birds are wasting their songs singing to her, and until her beloved returns, "the birds will have to find something better to do."
"Something Better to Do" was Newton-John's fifth number one on the Easy Listening chart. The song spent three weeks at number one on the chart, while peaking at number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100.
In addition, the song went to number nineteen on the U.S. country chart.
The record's performance on the Hot 100 and Country charts seemed to signal the beginning of a downturn in Newton-John's popularity, as it broke her streak of five consecutive singles to make the top ten of both charts stretching back to "Let Me Be There" in early 1974; however, her popularity on easy listening-oriented radio stations continued unabated for a time.