All the stories have been told
Of kings and days of old,
But there's no England now.
All the wars that were won and lost,
Somehow don't seem to matter very much anymore.
All the lies we were told,
All the lies of the people running round,
They're castles have burned.
I see change,
But inside we're the same as we ever were.

Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

Living on a thin line,
Living this way, each day is a dream.
What am I, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

Now another century nearly gone,
What are we gonna leave for the young?
What we couldn't do, what we wouldn't do,
It's a crime, but does it matter?
Does it matter much, does it matter much to you?
Does it ever really matter?
Yes, it really, really matters.

Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

Now another leader says:
"Break their hearts and break some heads".
Is there nothing we can say or do?
Blame the future on the past,
Always lost in bloody guts.
And when they're gone, it's me and you.

Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line.



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"Living on a Thin Line" as written by Dave Davies

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    My Interpretation:The song is about the fall of England from greatness in the mid 20th Century,
    BARDRICKon July 27, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:I think this song was on the sopranos?
    -wishyouwerehere-on October 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Not sure, but it certainly is good!
    Spudgunon January 17, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Yup, this song was on The Sopranos. Used during the rolling credits at the end of an episode (Can't remember the episode though).
    ed.bk84on May 09, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Yup, this song was on The Sopranos. Used during the rolling credits at the end of an episode (Can't remember the episode though).
    ed.bk84on May 09, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:episode 'University'. good song, great idea to play in the scene in the stripbar, right after the murder of the stripper.
    chris34on July 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:o jesus! so awesome in the stripclub. i just finished the sopranos the other day-i'm gonna miss it so bad. awesome song.
    wellis666on November 12, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:Could this song have anything to do with the Falklands war? Some of the lyrics could be directed at Thatcher. Any Kinks fan who knows when this song was first recorded? (Saw this on Sopranos, also)
    Coolgangsteron November 25, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:It's funny how this song is mostly found by watching The Sopranos. I love that show... have every single season!
    ThaJew420on December 15, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:Am i the only one who didn't hear this off The Sopranos? ;)

    "But there's no England now.
    All the wars that were won and lost
    Somehow don't seem to matter very much anymore."
    The song was recorded in 1984, so it is most likely about the Falklands war, and the lyrics are probably directed at Margaret Thatcher.
    "Now another century nearly gone,
    What are we gonna leave for the young?"
    Probably relates to the fact that Britain were losing all their overseas land; So what is there left for the next generations?
    This is another Dave Davies songs, and i love the he sounds in it.
    comedancingon September 21, 2008   Link

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