Nearly a week after Rich Cronin died of leukemia, the LFO singer’s final song, “It Only Gets Better,” has been released by New York radio station Z100. Recorded last year after a brief LFO reunion tour, the upbeat tune is reminiscent of the boy band’s past hits “Summer Girls” and “Girl On TV,” but the lyrics discuss Cronin’s health struggles and how they altered his view of the world.
“I was obsessed with this chase for wealth/’Til the doctor said, ‘Rich, it’s about your health. Your blood’s messed up, it don’t look good./I couldn’t stop time, but I wished I could,” Cronin sings over acoustic chords and soft percussion. The singer later reflects on “pushing tears out of my bloodshot eyes” and how he wants to “find an out from this endless pain,” but the song concludes on a positive note, with Cronin “sitting on a cloud” and seeing “a better place.”
According to Z100, “It Only Gets Better” was recorded in Cronin’s home studio with co-writer and producer Joe Clapp. Scott Appel, Cronin’s former publicist, says that the singer “wasn’t in good health” when he reached out to Clapp with the idea for the song last year.
Cronin, whose funeral mass was held yesterday (Sept. 13) in Kingston, Ma., passed away at the age of 35 last Wednesday (Sept. 8) after being diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in 2005. The singer’s label, Orange Freeze Entertainment, may be releasing more of Cronin’s songs in an effort to support the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation for Leukemia, which Cronin helped establish in 2005.