"Bravest Face" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Alex Lifeson....
Though we might have precious little
It's still precious

I like that song about this wonderful world
It's got a sunny point of view
And sometimes I feel it's true
At least for a few of us
I like that world; it makes a wonderful song
But there's a darker point of view
But sadly just as true
For so many among us

Though we might have precious little
It's still precious

In the sweetest child there's a vicious streak
In the strongest man there's a child so weak
In the whole wide world there's no magic place
So you might as well rise, put on your bravest face
Put on your bravest face

I like that show where they solve all the murders
An heroic point of view
It's got justice and vengeance too
At least so the story goes
I like that story; makes a satisfying case
But there's a messy point of view
That's sadly just as true
For so many among us
For so many among us

In the softest voice there's an acid tongue
In the oldest eyes there's a soul so young
In the shakiest will there's a core of steel
On the smoothest ride there's a squeaky wheel

In the sweetest child there's a vicious streak
In the strongest man there's a child so weak
In the whole wide world there's no magic place
So you might as well rise, put on your bravest face
Put on your bravest face

In the softest voice there's an acid tongue
In the oldest eyes there's a soul so young
In the shakiest will there's a core of steel
On the smoothest ride there's a squeaky wheel

In the sweetest child there's a vicious streak
In the strongest man there's a child so weak
In the whole wide world there's no magic place
So you might as well rise, put on your bravest face

Though we might have precious little
It's still precious

In the softest voice there's an acid tongue
In the oldest eyes there's a soul so young
In the shakiest will there's a core of steel
On the smoothest ride there's a squeaky wheel

In the sweetest child there's a vicious streak
In the strongest man there's a child so weak
In the whole wide world there's no magical place
So you might as well rise, put on your bravest face
Oh, you might as well rise, put on your bravest face
Put on your bravest face
Put on your bravest face
Put on your bravest face


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"Bravest Face" as written by Geddy Lee Weinrib Alex Lifeson

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    General CommentThis is a very awesome song.
    Anilandon May 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about how the world is not the same as the idealized place we hear about, in movies, music, and T.V., but is a harsh strange and confusing place where things are not as they seem. There is not a single comforting truth or "magic place" to make us feel better. Our only hope is to see the world as it is and put on our "Bravest Face"
    MattK87on May 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMattK87 pretty much hit the nail on the head. This song is saying that the world is nor perfect, in fact it is far from it. It hints at seizing the best things in life and making tthe most out of it, such as in the first verse
    "It's got a sunny point of view
    and sometimes I feel it's true
    at least for a few of us."
    And yeah, put on your bravest face when embracing the darker things in life because it is the only way to get through it. I feel the whole album is about getting through bad times, this and Faithless are my favourite songs of the album. The whole thing is bloody good though.
    jeemson May 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti totally agree with matt i havnt herd many rush songs im only 14 and got turned on to rush a wile ago i love there new CD Snakes and Arrows...also im going to the rush concert tonight in Minnesota...hell yeah (matts explanation of the song is so "perfect" and i love seeing the true meaning of the song through other people)
    obsessed487on September 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI see this song as being a sort of reality check. It seems to be telling us that, where this is something of face value...there is something more to it. There is more to find behind the cover, is what I'm trying to say. It sort of tells the story of how we as human beings enjoy the stories and tales of the idealized, the romanticized view of the world. It's how we try to forget and put aside the actual truths of our world and our people (whether it be good or bad) for a beautiful lie. And in creating these lies, we must put on our bravest face to endure the actual truths.
    To live, and to lie. That is what this song is about.
    Elmattoon December 26, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting reality."

    -Carl Sagan (from The Demon-Haunted World)
    swollen uvulaon January 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commenterr, correction (got ahead of myself, heh)

    "Better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy."

    -Carl Sagan (from The Demon-Haunted World)
    swollen uvulaon January 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song gives me hope for some reason,nice and simple sentiment of how the world is very rarely nice,but it isnt going to change anytime soon so just try and live with it :)
    weekapaug-grooveon February 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about how, although nothing is flawless, at the same time, nothing is merit-less either. How you cant go around believing the first thing you see or hear and put on your "bravest face" and be able to see reality for what it is, and not what it appears to be.

    Peart's poetry in this album is absolutely amazing. i think geddy really understands what neil is saying to and reflects the emotions in a way only a friend for 35+ years can do.

    i am a die hard rush fan because of the deep thought that peart puts into his poetry and the intense emotion that gets put into all of their playing. its a real relief to listen to a band that doesnt play because of money, and writes about what they are thinking, and not the cliche "girl who got away"
    MikeDestroyon September 23, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretationat first listen, it seems like it's just about how nothing is perfect. but it's actually about how nothing is exactly the way it seems. we must "put on our bravest face" because everything in life is an unknown; nothing is exactly as it appears. we must look at life for what it is and not what it appears to be.
    AstrosJakeon December 12, 2013   Link

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