Lou Reed - What's Good (The Thesis) Lyrics




Life's like a mayonnaise soda
And life's like space without room
And life's like bacon and ice cream
That's what life's like without you

Life's like forever becoming
But life's forever dealing in hurt
Now life's like death without living
That's what life's like without you

Life's like Sanskrit read to a pony
I see you in my mind's eye strangling on your tongue
What good is knowing such devotion
I've been around, I know what makes things run

What good is seeing eye chocolate
What good's a computerized nose
And what good was cancer in April
Why no good, no good at all

What good's a war without killing
What good is rain that falls up
What good's a disease that won't hurt you
Why no good, I guess, no good at all

What good are these thoughts that I'm thinking
It must be better, huh not to be thinking at all
A styrofoam lover with emotions of concrete
No not much, not much at all

What's good is life without living
What good's this lion that barks
You loved a life others throw away nightly
It's not fair, not fair at all

What's good?
Oh baby, what's good?
What's good?
What's good?
Not much at all

Hey baby, what's good?
What's good? Life's good
But not fair at all





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  1. Paul Zickler

    I know this song from the soundtrack to Until the End of the World. I didn't even know there was a video. I kinda wish I still didn't know there was a video. The song remains transcendent.

  2. Sara Vos

    My best friend died from cancer, now i have only these songs to comfort me

  3. Alves Monteiro

    Ate Sempre Lou

  4. Marc McFarland

    One of the best by one of the best. Thanks, Lou!

  5. Aurelio Mera

    Buenisimo ,como no recordar ese gran concierto en México Ciudad ...Presentando este discazo!!!

  6. Cyborg Godfrey

    Life's good, but not fair at all, RIP Lou Reed

  7. Jason Bentley Jones

    I'm willing to bet that they made Lou Reed do this. It is much too literal. David Lee Roth warned us about videos like this.

    lurch321

    Jason Bentley Jones A lot of Matt Mahurin's videos have a tendency to do that--but I still like it.  He's easily my favorite music vid director.  (Side note: he also directed David's Sensible Shoes video).

  8. A Santos

    Thank you lou!

  9. Nico Bruin

    What's up with the enormous amount of dislikes?

  10. Miglior Store

    I don't find it fair. I don't find it good at all.

  11. Mel Bee

    Life's like a mayonnaise soda
    And life's like space without room
    And life's like bacon and ice cream
    That's what life's like without you

    Life's like forever becoming
    But life's forever dealing in hurt
    Now life's like death without living
    That's what life's like without you

    Life's like Sanskrit read to a pony
    I see you in my mind's eye strangling on your tongue
    What good is knowing such devotion
    I've been around - I know what makes things run

    What good is seeing eye chocolate
    What good's a computerized nose
    And what good was cancer in April
    Why, no good - no good at all

    What good's a war without killing
    What good is rain that falls up
    What good's a disease that won't hurt you
    Why, no good, I guess, no good at all

    What good are these thoughts that I'm thinking
    It must be better not to be thinking at all
    A styrofoam lover with emotions of concrete
    No not much, not much at all

    What's good is life without living
    What good's this lion that barks
    You loved a life others throw away nightly
    It's not fair, not fair at all

    What's good?
    Oh baby what's good
    What's good
    What's good
    Not much at all
    Come on!
    Hey baby what's good
    What's good
    What's good
    Not much at all
    What's good
    What's good
    Life's good -
    What's good
    Life's good
    But not fair at all

  12. Nick W

    I feel like this one music video created Neil Gaiman.

  13. slint69

    Life's like a mayonnaise soda
    And life's like space without room
    And life's like bacon and ice cream
    That's what life's like without you

    Life's like forever becoming
    But life's forever dealing in hurt
    Now life's like death without living
    That's what life's like without you

    Life's like Sanskrit read to a pony
    I see you in my mind's eye strangling on your tongue
    What good is knowing such devotion
    I've been around, I know what makes things run

    What good is seeing eye chocolate
    What good's a computerized nose
    And what good was cancer in April
    Why no good, no good at all

    What good's a war without killing
    What good is rain that falls up
    What good's a disease that won't hurt you
    Why no good, I guess, no good at all

    What good are these thoughts that I'm thinking
    It must be better not to be thinking at all
    A Styrofoam lover with emotions of concrete
    No not much, not much at all

    What good is life without living
    What good's this lion that barks
    You loved a life others throw away nightly
    It's not fair, not fair at all

    What's good?
    Oh, baby, what's good?
    What's good?
    What's good?
    Not much at all

    Hey, baby, what's good?
    (What's good?)
    What's good?
    (What's good?)
    What's good?
    (What's good?)
    Not much at all

    What's good?
    (What's good?)
    What's good?
    (Life's good)
    Life's good
    (Life's good)
    What's good?
    (Life's good)
    But not fair at all

  14. Dominic Morton

    931 dicks! thumbs dwn?

  15. KING

    Directed by Tarsem Singh.

    lurch321

    KING Actually it was Matt Mahurin.

    KING

    @lurch321 Wikipedia has wrongly credited Matt Mahurin as the director of this video. Wikipedia has credited Tarsem Singh as the director of this video as well. However the uncanny similarity of Tarsem's video of REM's Losing my Religion is more than enough to confirm that it's indeed Tarsem Singh who directed this video.

  16. Jaspreet Singh

    I can relate 😔!

  17. coochan24

    great video!! dadaism!!

  18. Lenny Luzitano

    hell Rhino has been giving us the great tunes for ever Ladies and Gentlemen

  19. Lenny Luzitano

    hell Rhino has been giving us the great tunes for ever Ladies and Gentlemen

  20. Abel Undercity

    The album Magic and Loss was written as a tribute to a friend of Reed's who had died of cancer. I listen to it when I lose someone important in my life. It helps.

    Gypsy Tricia

    Actually two friends he lost in rapid succession.

    Pablo Estrada

    Doc pomus

    Laura Rominger

    Abel Undercity me too

  21. daniel ball

    Mr. SlOpPy HiMsElF!!!! LoU rEeD!!!!

  22. javi javi

    in love, forever, thanks Mr. Reed

  23. Shawn McClearn

    Rest easy, dad.

  24. Cubs Fan

    What good is cancer in April? Why no good, no good at all.

  25. crack is life and i'm high on life bro

    this guy was so bizarrely brilliant

  26. adam diamond

    great song - tortuously literal video images - almost as poor as the time pans people danced to bankrobber on Uk's Top of the Pops.

    ryan Mckinstry

    Oy vey ad infinitum!

  27. cosmicdrifter287

    this song is getting even better with age.oh,and magic and loss is one of the best albums ever made.

    DESTINY LETTS

    cosmicdrifter287 😮🙍🏽💀💀🇬🇼🕗🔔

  28. Mike Poitras

    It's not a pessimistic conclusion;it's a realistic one.

  29. Manpet Epetrop

    Life's good... but not fair at all. What a brilliant pessimistic conclusion!
    R.I.P. Lou...

    Julien

    Yes you are right i like this sentence and that’s f****ing true!!!

  30. Ante CRO

    wtf why so many dislikes for a rare Lou Reed video?

    Pavel Hector

    Must be the teen rappers and justin bieber fans :D

    Airport Music

    wake up!! it's because of copyright!!

    IronicallyVague

    图森亚利桑那州!

    kingbacon

    Don't know. Nothing but positive comments

    Perk Cartel

    It isn't pop?

  31. NAIVADA

    THE VERY START OF THE SONG IS MISSING (snare)

    Lionel Pellerin

    Indeed :)

    joe murphy

    it's not missing. On the album it's preceded by a separate instrumental called Dorita which runs into it but is a separate track. This is the single version. It;s better though with the intro of Dorita which should never have been listed as a standalone track.

  32. Kween Mee

    alright now!

    Sueli Ramos

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  33. Tom Fijałkowski

    Pure poetry.

  34. Laura Rawes

    Love this song
    It all good

    Ta Tomba

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