"Man On The Edge" as written by Bayley Cooke and Janick Gers....
The freeway is jammed
And it's backed up for miles
The car is an oven and baking is wild
Nothing is ever the way it should be
What we deserve we just don't get you see

A briefcase, a lunch and a man on the edge
Each step get closer to losing his head
Is someone in heaven are they looking down
Cause nothing is fair just you look around

Falling down
Falling down
Falling down

He's sick of waiting of lying like this
There's a hole in the sky for the angels to kiss
Branded a leper because you don't fit
In the land of the free
You can't live by your wits

Once he built missiles a nation's defence
Now he can't even give birthday presents
Across the city he leaves in his wake
A glimpse of the future a cannibal state

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"Man on the Edge" as written by Janick Gers Bayley Cooke

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    General Comment"A divorced engineer for the defense industry gets stuck in L.A. traffic and finally snaps. He gets out of his car and begins a walk through central L.A., where he encounters various levels of harassment, which he learns to deal with by acquiring weapons along the way. His actions attract the attention of a retiring cop, and he gets involved with the case, following the engineer's path toward Venice, where his daughter is having a birthday party."

    From the film, Falling Down staring Micheal Douglas. Great film and a good song to go with it.
    Emtee-Shellon May 13, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyoutube.com/…
    here's a version with Bruce singing EPIC
    TheClansmanon February 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song! its wicked, the solo kicks ass, and so does Blaze Bayley when he sings it.
    wiggles_666on June 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't like this singer very much.
    ULlilLadyon February 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is great! Wicked solo, and the singer is not bad.
    Shadowbitchon May 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah i just bought "Edward the Great", MotE is awesome, but i'd like to hear Dickinson singing.
    TimeBanditon June 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont think bayleys bad at all, though dickinson is the best singer maidens had its nice to have a change.
    rustyhookeron February 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"There's a hole in the sky for the angels to kiss"

    I thought it was "gaze" at the end of that line, but just said in such a way it rhymed with "this" :S
    Xenimmeon May 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBaylay wasn't a bad singer, he just got sick all the time and couldn't tour much. Then again, Bruce's voice tends to die out in about half the songs they play live. Truthfully, I don't think Bruce could sing this song better than Baylay because it's meant for a deeper voice than what Bruce usually sings. At the same time, Baylay can't really sing most of the early Maiden songs because he's too deep.
    Xanofaron January 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI liked Bayley, a lot. I think he was as good as Paul Di'Anno, maybe even better. But Bruce IS the best they've had. I heard a version with Bruce [rock in rio] & I liked it more than the recording. Bayley's vocals are good, but fall short to Bruce's. If you heard Bruce's versions of Bayley songs, you'd agree with me that Bruce sings with more passion, like he connects with every song [which is pretty scary with songs like "Sign of the Cross" *shudder*], but yeah. This song is very awesome. Love it to death. :D
    star tripperon September 01, 2008   Link

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