Distant Early Warning is the first track off of Rush's 1984 album Grace Under Pressure. It was released as a single in 1984 with Between the Wheels as the B-side. This song has been played live since the Grace Under
Distant Early Warning

Distant Early Warning Single cover

Pressure Tour in 1984 to most recently the Snakes and Arrows Tour from 2007 to 2008. It is one of their more popular songs being featured on numerous compliations and live albums.

Lyrics: An ill wind comes arising
Across the cities of the plain
There's no swimming in the heavy water-
No singing in the acid rain
Red alert
Red alert

It's so hard to stay together
Passing through revolving doors
We need someone to talk to
And someone to sweep the floors-

The world weighs on my shoulders
But what am I to do?
You sometimes drive me crazy-
But I worry about you

I know it makes no difference
To what you're going through
But I see the tip of the iceberg-
And I worry about you...

Cruising under your radar
Watching from satellites
Take a page from the red book-
Keep them in your sights
Red alert
Red alert

Left and rights of passage
Black and whites of youth
Who can face the knowledge
That the truth is not the truth?


Length: 4:57


  • Geddy Lee - bass guitar (Steinberger XL-2), synthesizers (Minimoog, PPG Wave, Oberheim OB-Xa, Roland Jupiter 8), vocals
  • Alex Lifeson - guitars (Hentor Sportscasters), synthesizers
  • Neil Peart - drums (Simmons and Tama), percussion

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