Living On the Edge

03:26
Serina Jung
2003
Serina Jung

Story

Story

Living on the Edge was inspired by a conversation with a stranger, a man approaching his 40th or 50th birthday (I forget which) with dread. He was questioning absolutely everything about his life and had a desperation about him and a sense of urgency that bordered on subdued panic. I hope I gave him a voice in this song. Women are generally more open about questioning everything, but in my experience men are still expected to "hold it together, tow the line, be brave, suck it up... " etc. As a professional told me once, sometimes we need to fall apart; disassemble in order to reassemble, stronger, leaner and wiser.

Back to the song... I had fun with the five/four time in the chorus. I submitted it to a song contest once and had to smile at the comments of one of the judges who said something like..."Interesting polyrhythms going on in the the chorus. Not very commercial." Uh.... no polyrhythms darlin', just a little time change. A guy by the name of Sting used them a lot in his very commercial top-10 hits. He kinda got famous, I think (insert wicked grin here). Oh well. A little misunderstanding, I guess.

Lyrics

Living On The Edge

(c) 2003, Serina Jung

 

Tag, Band-Aids and bicycles

my, how the years have flown

he tries to grasp a piece of the past

to claim it as something he owns

 

he asks himself, what is success?

how much of it can I afford?

if the end of a day brings nothing but pay

it may not be worth suffering for

 

living on the edge, living on the edge

what if I die and leave nothing

to be remembered by?

living on the edge, living on the edge

what if my pulse is the only reason I'm alive?

 

in the midst of his private earthquake

he quietly starts to dress

he says, I still know how to patch all the holes

so there may be some hope for me yet

 

living on the edge, living on the edge

what if God is a theory borne of a desperate mind?

living on the edge, living on the edge

what if, all this time, I've been praying

to an empty sky?

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