"Borderline" as written by and John Harold Pennell....
There's a chill on this evening, nights right for greaving,
Darkness surrounds him as he wanders alone
He walked past the dim lights, the pathways and street lights
They remind him, of nights long ago,
When his love was strong and his muscles hard, His whiskey throat was barley marred,
Seeking misfortune in the lies that he told, Then a brokin heart bought him to his knees,
In the hour of his greatest need, Lost and forsaken by the love, he could not hold

[Chorus:]
On the Border line of love again, Its bound to make you pay
On the Border line, we'll make our stand, Then watch it fall away

And he stands in quiet solitude, The nights reflects upon his mood,
Seeking the vision that had once been so clear, When he felt the touch of his women's love
His pounding heart was warm and young, Now locked inside him with his anger and fear

As he moves on slowly, past the trees, Down the path way home through fallen leaves
He can't believe, how he'd sunken so low, So he learned to live with his injured pride
His purple heart hidden, deep inside, The only reward, for a love he could not hold

[Chorus 2x]







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"On the Borderline" as written by John Harold Pennell

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    Song MeaningI guess whoever wrote these lyrics here doesn't understand english too well...here's the way I hear them:

    So you're on your own looking down the road that goes only by one name
    And you need the signs to know lonely still runs both ways
    So who's the fool that would think the ties would be better off undone?
    Did your heart heed the warning when you veered from the path that was narrower and straight?

    On a borderline, somewhere between the plight for freedom; feeling like you can't move on
    The toll will be the time, takes your off of my mind and out of my heart, I know.
    And when you cross over, there's no turning back, once that burning bridge is gone.

    I may lose, but I'm in it for the long run
    Loving you, for good reason could be the wrong one
    I don't wanna lose control, but the heart won't learn
    To let it dwell and not forlorn

    Repeat chorus

    So you're on your own looking down the road that goes only by one name...

    I always loved this song but never really delved deep into the meaning
    I think it is about getting to that point (the borderline) where you are truly trying get over someone you once loved. Though you face loneliness when you leave that person, you also realize you'll still face it in a relationship where the love is gone, thus the road that 'runs lonely both ways'
    The last verse: 'To let it dwell and not forlorn' (though I seem to be one of the only person who hears the words this way?), I think, is about holding on to the memory of that person you love without letting it drag you into sadness and depression. This is surely one of Alison Krauss's most beautiful and powerful songs.
    xralletson July 29, 2009   Link

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