"Good News First" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Alex Lifeson....
The best we can agree on
Is it could have been worse
What happened to your old
Benevolent universe?
You know, the one with stars
That revolved around you
Beaming down full of promises
To bring good news

You used to feel that way
The saddest words you could ever say
But I know you'll remember that day
And the most beautiful words I could ever say
And the most beautiful words I could ever say

The worst thing about it all
Is that you've never been right
And I'm still not really sure
What started that fight
But I still get this feeling
There's more trouble ahead
So never mind the bad news
Let's have the good news instead

You used to feel that way
The saddest words you could ever say
But I know you'll remember that day
And the most beautiful words I could ever say
And the most beautiful words...

Some would said they never fear a thing
Well, I do (Well, I do)
And I'm afraid enough for both of us
For me and you (me and you)
Time, if nothing else, will do its worst
So do me that favor
And tell me the good news first
The good news first

You used to feel that way
The saddest words you could ever say
But I know you'll remember that day
And the most beautiful words I could ever say
And the most beautiful words I could ever say
The most beautiful words I could ever say


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"Good News First" as written by Geddy Lee Weinrib Alex Lifeson

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  • +3
    General Commentreedu - You have a great point - dead on. A point to consider: After the death of Neil Peart's wife and only daughter in the late 90's, his rebuilt his life and moved to Los Angeles with his new wife. I'm certain that he's picked up on the almost-cavalier & flippant attitude many Christians have. (I USED to be one - so I know what he probably obsesrved) . This song almost seems as his response to thier "taking lightly" of his sorrow and sadness (or that of others). Neil has, since the early 1970's, been the main lyric writer for Rush. He's always been an open skeptic of government, and especially religion. It seems to me, that in recent years, and in light of his moving to the United States, and the personal tragedy he's been through - he's only become more jaded, cynical, bitter and skeptical of faith, religion, and ideals of an "inherently good universe". These views have become more obvious and recognizable in his lyrics.
    tigerx2374on June 06, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti think the meaning is in the title..its nothing to do with the bible,religion etc..its a simple case of ok good news/bad news,which do you want to hear first?...give me a more optimistic outlook for once.look as well at the lyric booklet.the pic is of a crow on a grave holding a newspaper that says "cure found" implying that it may have been found but for the person who is buried,its too late...irony figures as well.
    dirklerxtpraton January 13, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe term "benevolent universe" refers to various essays, journal entries and letters by none other than Ayn Rand. "The Benevolent Universe Premise" is; "a view of the world that suggests we are well adapted to live in it, that success and happiness are not only achievable, but are likely if you lead a good life".

    Not surprising that Neil would further distance him from the ideology of Ayn Rand. It's pretty ridiculous at how closely he has been associated with her writings from the days of 2112. Anyway, great song. Love the spooky verses, and the beautiful middle-eight.
    FenJazzon September 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe this to be more about God or a god- and a fictional conversation with that entity (or entities) and how the world is not what was envisioned by the entity or prophets- and how the world isn't getting any better.

    "Some would say they never fear a thing.
    Well, I do.
    And I'm afraid enough for both of us--
    for me and you.
    Time, if nothing else, will do it's worst
    so do me that favor
    and tell me the good news first. "

    The world is only getting worse- we sometimes could use GOOD NEWS ( is it a concidence that the Christian Bible has been referred to as the GOOD NEWS? ) before the bad.

    Doctor: I have some good news and I have some bad news.
    Patient: What's the good news?
    Doctor: The good news is that the tests you took showed that you have 24 hours to live.
    Patient: That's the good news? What's the bad news?
    Doctor: The bad news is that I forgot to call you yesterday!


    Doctor: I have some good news and some bad news.
    Patient: What's the good news?
    Doctor: The good news is they are naming a disease after you!

    You get the idea, eh?
    socket462on May 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first verse is totally a slam on the book of Genesis.

    Personally, I like to view the song as an attack on the religious right here in america, because they pay lip service to the "good news", but they seem mostly concerned with what everyone else is doing wrong in their opinion.
    reeduon January 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti may be far out there. but i think this song a haunting realization. Beneath the surface (some say they never fear a thing, but I do). it speaks to me in volumes of life. Not just religion. I am not religious by the way.

    What else is more real than sadness. Especially it's effect? it is so beautiful.
    The good news first please...
    Ahourstoryon August 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould this be a song about reconciliation with an old friend/lover? This line makes me think this might the be the case...

    The worst thing about it all
    is that you might have been right
    and I'm still not really sure
    what started that fight.

    I think it is a song about not burning bridges with a special someone and looking on the bright side, but im not a 100 percent sure. Anyone have any other ideas?
    MattK87on May 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbenevolent means volunteer in french...
    if that helps
    art_xxon September 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan`t see Peart using material from the bible when other works of fantasy/fairy tales are more easily available....
    PaulAtreideson December 17, 2016   Link

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