"Borderline" as written by and Greg Lisher Victor Krummenacher....
I will sing
I will be passed on over now
Take the wheel
Take me down
Let me sleep till we have disappeared
'cause we're moving from east to west
Across the grey, it's meaningless
On the borderline nothing is real except for you and i
I have silver
And I have dollars
And papers, too
Bring me a mango from the south
Pour me a drink from the bottle
And one for you
'cause we're empty as the desert
As we drift from west to east
On the borderline everything is empty, even you and i
'cause we're moving from east to west
Across the grey, it's meaningless
On the borderline nothing is real except for you and i



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"Borderline" as written by David Lowery Chris Pederson

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    General CommentThis is a great song, probably my favorite from them. Though their lyrics can be a bit cyptic, I think this song is clearly about a relationship that is shallow and not long-lasting. Look at the line "On the borderline everything is empty, even you and I. Cause we're moving from east to west, across the grey. It's meaningless." He's saying that they are just gliding along and it is meaningless and direction-less.

    This has a great rolling rhythm to it and has some really catchy parts. Excellent song with distantly sad undertones.
    tigertour02on March 01, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningFrom David Lowery's blog:
    "Borderlands are a concept from Geopolitical theory. It comes in handy when trying to describe California. Borderlands are regions where the immigrant population is still culturally and economically anchored to their nearby ancestral homeland. The classic example is Mexican immigrants in the Southwest of the US. Coachella valley, large swaths of LA, the southern Central Valley. All borderlands. These pockets are neither US or Mexico or both depending on your viewpoint. While physically part of the US they are culturally and economically tethered to nearby Mexico. If you slide into one of these pockets from Mexico or from the the southwest of the US there isn’t really much of a process of adaptation."

    It's really too long to repeat here; the rest is at 300songs.com/2010/08/18/32-poor-mexico-so-far-from-god-so-close-to-camper-van-beethoven/
    kreniighon March 14, 2014   Link

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