"Livin' On The Edge" as written by Joe Perry, Steven Tyler and Mark Jeffrey Hudson....
There's something wrong with the world today
I don't know what it is
Something's wrong with our eyes
We're seeing things in a different way
And God knows it ain't His
It sure ain't no surprise
We're livin' on the edge
There's something wrong with the world today
The light bulb's getting dim
There's a melt down in the sky
If you can judge a wise man

By the color of his skin
The mister you're a better man than I
chorus: We're livin on the edge
You can't help yourself from fallin'
Livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself at all
Livin' on the edge
You can't stop yourself from fallin'
Livin' on the edge
Tell me what you think about your situation
Complication-aggravation

Is getting to you
If chicken little tells you that the sky is fallin'
And even if it wasn't would you still come crawlin'
Back again?
I think you would my friend
Again & again & again & again & again
Tell me what you think about your situation
Complication-aggravation
Is getting to you
If chicken little tells you that the sky is fallin'
And even if it wasn't would you still come crawlin'
Back again?

I think you would my friend
Again & again & again & again
Something right with the world today
And everybody knows it's wrong
But we can tell Ôem no or we can let it go
But I would rather be hanging on
Livin' on the edge
Livin' on the edge
Livin' on the edge
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself from fallin'

You can't help yourself at all
Livin' on the edge
You can't stop yourself from fallin'
Livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself
You can't help yourself
Livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself at all
You can't help yourself
Livin' on the edge
You can't stop yourself from fallin'
Livin' on the edge


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"Livin’ on the Edge" as written by Joe Perry Mark Hudson

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    General CommentThe ideology of our race has many flaws, it's as if people see and don't care or are not equipped with the right set of eyes to see injustice in their own world as it is all around us from the homeless people, to the social classes and justice system which are just examples of issues anybody see's anywhere. Sooner or later there will be a true revolt from people (I hear this song was written after the LA Riots) and thus society and the systems in place are living on the edge.

    There's a bigger picture than the systems that are in place right now which control the masses of people, one where we all work together and nobody is better than the next man and everybody get's what they deserve....no more and no less. It's the systems in place which downgrade our society and further postpone advancement in all areas of life. I really don't see Government, Religion, Schools, and the Justice System as part of the advancement.....Schools I say because of the way they are designed these days.

    The thing is people are so used to the way the world works, and it's never going to change as there will always be war and injustice. My hope is that out in the universe there is another life of some sort to experience than the insignificance of earth.
    AbsentMindedon June 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems to be forgotten about over the years. Not one of their best songs, but I suppose it still deserves honor. Well I guess it's about how crazy the world is but we still keep going about doing our usual.
    stoolhardyon December 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about how cruel the world can get
    beastieboyon January 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an awesome song!! I LOVE it! I think it's about how bad this world has gotten, 'We're seeing things in a different way, God knows it aint his.' With racism and all this other stuff in this world, it's gotten so ugly with racism among much more.
    sweet_emotion87on March 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about how bad the world is but maybe also a reflection on the things he did when he was on his drug addiction and the things he saw others and himself doing for drugs
    Robzoooon July 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"If you can judge a wise man
    By the color of his skin
    Then mister, you're a better man than I"

    is a direct quote from "You're a Better Man Than I" by the Yardbirds. Both are good songs.
    ZepHead379Oneon August 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree, this song is probly about how bad the world has become. But, maybe "God knows it aint his" is just pushing at people who are prejudice against religion (there's a name for them but I can't remember it now).

    "If you can judge a wise man
    By the color of his skin " is obviously poking at racists.

    "You can't help yourself from falling" might be refering to how prejudism and racism and sexism and all that is there, and how most people ARE prejudice and stuff, so it's not hard to become it yourself.

    I'm in love with this song, one of my favorite Aerosmith songs. :D
    BrainStewed74on January 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is one of Aerosmith's greatest songs... not only is the music very good, but the lyrics apply to so many different things... i belive that this song is VERY overlooked, and like i said above ^^^, one of Aerosmith's best...
    Lawn_Gnomeon January 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe video makes me laugh...when Joe Perry just calmly steps out of the way of an oncoming train
    minihatson March 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti know priceless vid lol and Steven with his face on a chickens ass hehe great vid great song one of their best
    tyler_girlon May 03, 2006   Link

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