Best Hockey Songs of All Time #4: Heaven Is A Better Place Today

Heaven is a Better Place today was written as a tribute to Dan Snyder, a center for the Atlanta Thrashers who died in a car accident at age 25. He was thrown from the Ferrari 360 Modena driven by his teammate Dany Heatley after hitting a wall.

The song was a reflection of the way teammates had to carry on after the loss: “hoping” that they’re not the type to dwell, “hoping” that they’re “fast healers”, not knowing how to express themselves (“less crying and more trying”) —

Given that it’s a tribute to Snyder, there should be no doubt that this is a hockey song, even though this line seems to mix references with football:

If and when we get into the endzone
Act like you have been there a thousand times before

I’m surprised, as a Toronto Make Belief fan, he wouldn’t say “If and when we get into the playoffs…” And I know the attack and defensive zones can be called end-zones in hockey, but “act like you’ve been there before” is what you usually hear when NFL’ers embarrass themselves with post-touchdown posturing.

Also, according to Wikipedia:

“Heaven Is a Better Place Today” doubles as a tribute to Dan Snyder, a player for the Atlanta Thrashers hockey team who died in an automobile accident nine months before the album’s release and, as Downie would reveal, for young men being sent to war.

Surprisingly, I can’t find a video or concert performance online… Complete lyrics:

Here’s a glue guy, performance god
A makeshift shrine, newly lain sod
Hardly even trying gives the nod
I sure hope I’m not the type to dwell
Hope I’m a fast healer fast as hell
Heaven is a better place today, because of this
But the world is just not the same
If and when we get into the endzone
Act like you’ve been there a thousand times before
Don’t blame don’t say people lose people all the time anymore.

A toonie to the busker and a husky ‘keep it comin’ under my breath
But then said, ‘though, if you wouldn’t mind,
Less crying and more trying more trying and less crying’
I’m not the type to dwell
I’m a fast healer fast as hell
Heaven is a better place today because of this
But the world is just not the same
Oh if and – if and when we get into the endzone
Act like you’ve been there a thousand times before
Don’t blame don’t say people lose people all the time anymore.

If and when we get into that endzone
Act like you’ve been there a thousand times before
Don’t change but don’t say people lose people all the time anymore.

It’s just not the same because of this
It’s not the same

Discussion at SongMeanings.

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