My Favorite Headache

The album’s opening track is also one of the heaviest, with Geddy sounding a little like the late Layne Staley of Alice in Chains in much the same way as he does in “One Little Victory” on Vapor Trails. The title phrase “my favorite headache” comes from a story by Geddy’s collaborator on the album, Ben Mink (the violinist in “Losing It” on Signals), in which he says that his mother used the term to describe the things one loves to do—indeed, has to do—even though they’re a headache.—Rob Freedman, Rush Vault

“Ben’s dad was telling him a story about something that happened to his mother, and he said, in his Polish accent, ‘and right away, she gets the favorite headache.’ Once I stopped laughing, I realized what a great phrase that is, and I became determined to use it. It represents my sort of reluctant relationship with making music: I love it passionately, but it drives me crazy, because once I get into a project I’m completely consumed by it.”–-Geddy in Bass Player magazine, January 2001

With that as the background to the title phrase, the meaning of the lyrics become unclear, since the piece appears to be about bowing out, becoming a spectator rather than a creator. By contrast, the piece “Working at Perfekt” seems to be exactly about Geddy’s relationship to music, as he describes it.

“The piece showcases Geddy’s use of multiple bass tracks and bass chords. “The most aggressive guitar sound on the record is not a guitar, it’s a bass, playing these really outrageous chords.”—Ben MInk in 2000 My Favorite Headache video press release

“In ‘My Favorite Headache,’ Geddy Lee lets us know whom we’re listening to right up front. That serrated bass riff and its chunky sound leave us with no question. The vocal melody and the words put to it evoke thoughts of madness and nihilistic hopelessness. The lyrics are a bit esoteric, which is unusual for Rush, but this is not Rush, and Peart is not holding the pen. My own feeble attempt to penetrate the lyrics and give them meaning would lead us to believe that the song is about (at least in part) how television is replacing our observations of the natural world around us (“I watch the sea / I saw it on TV”).”—Epignosis on Prog Archives

“The grinding bass riff that opens the title track . . . is a bit misleading, as the rest of the album won’t be quite as heavy. This is still a great standout on the album. The distorted guitars coming in in a decidedly NON-Lifeson manner and Geddy’s voice echoing in screams make for a mind blowing entrance to the album. As stated before, this is not the way the rest of the album will flow. However, what this song does is basically say, ”Okay, we got the aggression out of the way. Let’s focus more on the emotion, shall we?”—King By-Tor on Prog Archives

“Things get started with the title track, one of my favorites on the album. Geddy really shows off his bass playing skills on this one. Check out his playing during the intro! This is the only song where his playing really stands out. Great song!”—Mellotron Storm on Prog Archives

Lyrics

One man standing on the Plains of Abraham
Watching a damaged sunrise
One man standing near the edge
Of a quiet breakdown

I watch the sea
It helps to anchor me
I watch the sea
It helps to anchor me

Once you start hiding
You keep on hiding
Till your paranoia calms down
Once you start watching
You keep on watching
Till you’re tied up and you’re spellbound

Just between the Ice Ages anyway
I want to talk but I haven’t got
Too much to say
I don’t mean to be so nihilistic
Forgive me if I seem to be too realistic

Once you start running
You keep on running
Till your muscles start to break down
Once you start falling
You keep on falling
Till you hit the cold, cold ground

I watch T.V.
What do you want from me
I watch T.V.
What do you want from me

Just between the Ice Ages anyway
I want to talk but I haven’t got
Too much to say
I don’t mean to be so nihilistic
Forgive me if I seem to be too realistic

Once you start hiding
You keep on hiding
Till you feel you’re safe and sound
Once you start watching
You keep on watching
Till you’re tied up and you’re spellbound

I watch the sea
It helps to anchor me
I watch the sea
I saw it on T.V.

Tablature

By Vaine Parde

From Fretplay.

Alright, here is the bass tab for Geddy Lee’s new “My Favorite Headache.” This song kicks major ass. I haven’t had much time to figure the entire song out, but at least I have some of it done.

Intro played on bass

G|————————————————–|
D|————————————————–|
A|————————————————–|
E|-3-0-0-0-3-0-0-0-3-0-0-6-0-0-0-3-0-0-0-3-3-3-0-0-0|

Play this on bass/guitar, when Geddy’s singing “Once you start hiding and
you keep on hiding . . . ” part.

G|———————————————|
D|———————————————|
A|———————————————|
E|-9-s/–3-4——9-s/–3-4——-9-s/–3-4-3–|

Guitar
E|———————————————|
B|———————————————|
G|———————————————|
D|———————————————|
A|———————————————|
E|-9-s/–3-4——9-s/–3-4——-9-s/–3-4-3^-|

Tab Explanation:
S= Slide… /=
^= Bend Up

From Fretplay.

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