"Bad News" as written by Galen Anthony Jr Smith, Joshua Ryburn Martin, Justin Wilson, Lee Matthew Williams, Scott Reilly Gardner and Alexandria Renee Kandel....
Didn't you know
I was waiting on you
Waiting on a dream
That'll never come true
Didn't you know
I was waiting on you
My face turned to stone
When I heard the news

When you decide to break the rules
'Cause I just heard some real bad news

People will talk
Like its old news
I played it off and act like I already knew
Let me ask you
How long have you known too
You played it off and act like he's brand new

When you decide to break the rules
'Cause I just heard some real bad news

Real bad news
Real bad news
Real bad news

Oh you just gonna
Keep another no you wont

Oh you just gonna
Keep it like you never knew

Oh you just gonna
Keep another love for you

Oh you just gonna
Keep it like you never knew

While I'm waiting on a dream
That'll never come true

Oh you just gonna
Keep it like you never knew

My face turned to stone
When I heard the news

Whats on the news
Channel cruise


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"Bad News" as written by Kanye West Jeff Bhasker

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    General CommentNice song. I love the double time feel from the drums over the slow minor harmonies. As to what the song might be about I'm just not sure. Perhaps he found out that some girl he likes has got a boyfriend? That was my initial thought.
    bennyhennypon November 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJust an awful feeling you get when things don't work out the way you want them too. In this case he was waiting on a girl that he thought was into him. Maybe she did have strong feelings for him but she wasnt ready to be with him and kanye was very willing to wait for her to be. And then he gets news she is with someone else. He plays it off like it doesn't matter and he knew. His friends lie to him and tell him they didn't know about the guy she started to be with. The rules he is referring to are promises of being together. He is upset she is acting like there were no promises of them being together. This song goes beyond his fiance and mother which is what the album is primarily about. Maybe he was talking to this girl while he was with his fiance. But either way its a heartbreaking song as the title suggests.
    kyle16813on November 28, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningYOU CAN SKIP MY LINE BY LINE INTERPRETATION BY READING THE FOLLOWING:
    The question is when DID you decide to break the rules? He's telling the listener that she decided to meet the 'dude' while they were still together. The rule that she broke is seeing another guy while they were still together. He just found out. That's the real bad news.

    -------full interpretation---------
    first off, I saw the radio interview where kanye said himself that he wrote this from a woman's perspective on a situation that usually happens to women...

    I don't believe that one bit... I believe he said that because while he wants people to hear the pain in the song he really doesn't want to spill the beans on what really happened to his relationship...

    and here's my interpretation... and keeping in mind that in the same interview he mentioned that only one song on the album wasn't about his exfiance.

    this song is about finding out his girl cheated on him.. but finding it out after breakup... and after everybody else knew.

    Didn't you know I was waitin on you?
    Waitin on a dream that'll never come true
    Didn't you know I was waitin on you?
    My face turned to stone when I heard the news

    perhaps the heaviest line is "my face turned to stone when I heard the news." I doubt he would write something so desperate concerning someone he hadn't had any previous relationship with. I think he's waiting for her to come back. But it's the news that's most damning.

    When you decide to break the rules?
    'Cause I just heard some real bad news

    again, what rules are there between two people who haven't yet dated? he's not waiting on someone he simply has a crush on...

    The rules are the rules of the previous relationship. All relationships have rules. Typically, a relationship between a man and a woman has rules involving fidelity and monogamy. He has yet to explain the rules but he's getting to it in the only verse of the song.

    People'll talk like it's old news
    I played it off and act like I already knew

    People are talking about his ex's new (but not that new) relationship. Kanye is trying to keep his pride in front of people by claiming he already knew that she was with someone else...but not only did he not know, the fact that, as people say, it's old news tells him that she was with someone else before they broke up... the next line reveals the truth.

    Let me ask you, how long have you known dude?
    You played it off and act like he's brand new

    After he got the news from the people, he goes back to her and asks her how long have you known him... she claims it's a brand new guy. In other words, a guy she met after they broke up. But, kanye says she's playing it off because he knows that's not true.

    that's the news... it's much deeper than it seems.

    When you decide to break the rules?
    'Cause I just heard some real bad news
    Real bad news, real bad news
    Real bad news

    The question is when DID you decide to break the rules? He's telling the listener that she decided while they were still together. The rule that she broke is seeing another guy while they were still together. He just found out. That's the real bad news.

    My face would turn to stone, too.

    Kanye said that this is his favorite song on the album because it's the best writing he's ever done and he feels that the real meaning of the song is conveyed because of it.

    I agree. I haven't seen writing like this in some time.
    firetoduston November 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDefinilely a powerful song. As most of you know the purpose of this album or reason for its production was that, at one point, kanye was going through alot. His mothers death and break up with his fiance. as a result this beautiful album was the outcome of it all. This album has been some what therapeutic for me. And of all the song i could probably relate to this one the most.

    What i get from this song is pretty clear. Kanye is waiting on the one love of his life the woman of his dreams. He dreams of a future and spending the rest of his life with this woman. Only to realize from outside sources that she has had someone else which ends up to be a surprise to him especially after always thinking all was perfect between them. He acts as if he has known and is not effeced by it to save the embarassment. When clearly he is devestated after finding this out. She on the other hand acts as if nothing as if it was just something that happened without having any control. All along while he's been dreaming and looking forward to spending the rest of his life with this woman she goes behind his back keeping another lover.

    When i heard this song it was as if i was hearing the story of me. Right before this album came out i had been with my girlfriend of 3 years and had decided to propose to her during the summer. She replyed with a yes and I thought all was perfect, our relation had always been nothing but beautiful, something that words could just not describe, it was a feeling i had never felt nor thought could ever be felt. We were in the process of moving out and actually attempting to have children. It was like my life was about to begin. My dreams of living my life with a someone who i thought was perfect for me was about to begin, never in my life had i been happier. Only to soon find out from a friend, whos cousins girlfriend worked with her, that she had been with someone else and it had been going on for a while. Of course i acted as if nothing when inside i was devestated, hurt, going insanse, i just couldn't believe it. She used the same excuse saying it was something she had no control over and it was just something that happened. And there went a dream. My dream that will never come true.

    Its funny how i can relate to Kanye in other ways then this. When he came out with his song "Through the Wire" i had just recently had my jaw broken after being jumped by a group of guys. Weird??
    thursday99on February 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWow !! such a strong melody from a hip-hop artist. The lyrics are easy to understand so doe'nt require any understanding , the thing which attracts me the 2 min ending music which is quite emotional and soothng at the same time. i've loved that music so much that i have edited it to use it as my ring tone.
    I think this music have kanye's out-pour of so many emotions at the same time. According to me this is main song which defines the name of album "808s & heartbreak"
    at625on December 16, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretationthis is simple. my interpretation is a couple who has been with each other for a while who decides to go on a break. most times when couples decide to "go on a break" its usually a one-sided decision. kanye didnt want this break, but thats how it went down. during the period of the "break" he stayed loyal, waiting on her to figure her shit out so they could get back together. well she got with another guy instead. BAD NEWS! he asks how long she knew dude thinking she possibly could have been seeing this guy BEFORE the break, obviously while they were still together. either way, he was waiting on her, waiting on that dream. she broke the rules and got with another dude. is it cheating to to get with another person on a "break"? tough question, but i say yes.
    taramyangelon August 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNot exactly a contribution on my part, but I've been listening to this album alot more recently (no particular reason, probably just in prep for MBDTF) and this song maintains its powerful feel a couple of years later. Sad stuff, sorry to hear about that story thursday99.
    Mike53421on November 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think you need to start off by not only looking at this song, but looking at the album, and at Kanye's past albums to really see the big picture of this song. Kanye rapped a lot about the fame, money, and reaching the top early on. He was determined to reach the ultimate 'American Dream'- to be the best. He loved "the good life" and "flashing lights" and became obsessed with what fame had to offer. He felt that once he got to the top that he would be unstopable and find complete happiness. During his climb he randomly met a girl, who he fell madly in love with, and this got in the way of his master plan. In Love Lockdown he talks about how he loves her but not the way he wants to. He does truly love her but knows where he's going he "doesnt need her", or so he thinks. He sees her as an obstacle in reaching his complete fame and star power. He can't party and live the bachelor life, like a rock star, which his life has become because of his fame if he wants to settle down with "the one". He's confused and doesnt know what to do and the relationship eventually ends. He knows he can't be with her and still keep his lifestyle. He wants to reach the top and have the rock star life but also wants the girl. So in the back of his mind he's waiting until his lifestyle changes (but hes not sure it ever will, given the life he's chose) so he doesnt have to hurt her anymore. But the bad news is that while he was waiting for this change shes moved on and has found someone else. He's been waiting on her, waiting on a dream that will never come true becuase he wants to be good as good to her as she was to him but his lifestyle makes it impossible for him to be that. To make things worse hes finding out that reaching the top isn't making him as happy and complete as he thought.
    Tim8847on September 13, 2011   Link

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