"Across The Border" as written by and Mason/colon Betha....
Tonight my bag is packed
Tomorrow I'll walk these tracks
That will lead me across the border
Tomorrow my love and I
Will sleep beneath auburn skies
Somewhere across the border
We'll leave behind my dear
The pain and sadness we found here
And we'll drink from the Bravo's muddy water
Where the sky grows gray and wide
We'll meet on the other side
There, across the border

For you I'll build a house
High upon a grassy hill
Somewhere across the border
Where pain and memory
Pain and memory have been stilled
There, across the border
And sweet blossoms fill the air
Pastures of gold and green
Roll down into cool clear waters
And in your arms beneath open skies
I'll kiss the sorrow from your eyes
There, across the border

Tonight we'll sing the songs
I'll dream of you, my corazón
And tomorrow my heart will be strong
And may the saints blessing and grace
Carry me safely into your arms
There, across the border

For what are we
Without hope in our hearts
That someday we'll drink from God's blessed waters
And eat the fruit from the vine
I know love and fortune will be mine
Somewhere across the border


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"Across the Border" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentI know he says that this is about a man leaving his beloved behind and crossing the border to america.

    But to me, this is all about SUICIDE.

    across the border = in heaven alt. the place you end up when you die.

    Examples:
    "And may the saints' blessing and grace
    Carry me safely into your arms
    There across the border"

    "For what are we
    Without hope in our hearts
    That someday we'll drink from God's blessed waters
    And eat the fruit from the vine
    I know love and fortune will be mine
    Somewhere across the border"

    "Where pain and memory
    Pain and memory have been stilled
    There across the border "

    AND

    If he was leaving her the way Bruce says its supposed to mean then what is this:

    "Tomorrow my love and I
    Will sleep 'neath auburn skies
    Somewhere across the border

    We'll leave behind my dear
    The pain and sadness we found here"

    Maybe she is already dead, and he's coming to join her...?
    Wendton June 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know about the suicide thing but if you take the song at the 1st level: someone who is trying to cross the border to find happiness I think it's one of the Greatest song of Springsteen.
    Beyond the figures and the debate about immigration, it just tell the story and the feeling of someone looking for happiness and who decide to find it across the border.
    Isn't it the story of nearly all americans ? I'd say most of the americans (I know for black people and native indians it's different ...) come from famillies who decided to go in United States to find wealth and happiness. This song is so human. Immigration is 1st of all human being looking for happiness, like we all do.
    JGL71on April 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have to agree this song is about death. Not suicide, Just someone who know that he's dying but looking forward to the next world. A place where his heart can rest with his beloved, a place without fears or worries.
    Its a peaceful passing as such. The song contains no imagery of any despair, fear etc that suicide would create in a person planning to "leave".

    Like I said, he's made his peace, tied up all loose ends and is now ready the let go...
    setanta1on December 30, 2008   Link

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