I'm standing in the station,
I am waiting for a train,
To take me to the border,
And my loved one far away,
I watched a bunch of soldiers heading for the war,
I could hardly even bear to see them go;

Rolling through the countryside,
Tears are in my eyes,
We're coming to the borderline,
I'm ready with my lies,
And in the early morning rain, I see her there,
And I know I'll have to say goodbye again;
And it's breaking my heart, I know what I must do,
I hear my country call me, but I want to be with you,
I'm taking my side, one of us will lose,
Don't let go, I want to know,
That you will wait for me until the day,
There's no borderline, no borderline; Walking past the border guards,
Reaching for her hand,
Showing no emotion,
I want to break into a run,
But these are only boys, and I will never know,
How men can see the wisdom in a war...
And it's breaking my heart, I know what I must do,
I hear my country call me, but I want to be with you,
I'm taking my side, one of us will lose,
Don't let go, I want to know,
That you will wait for me until the day,
There's no borderline, no borderline,
No borderline, no borderline...


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    By Chris' own explanation, this is a song about a conscientious objector attempting to escape with his lover rather than face being drafted and made to fight. The story continues in a happy future in the song 'Say Goodbye to it All' on 1986's Intro the Light album.

    tentmantenton September 20, 2018   Link
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    This song discribes the war INSIDE. Borderline personality disorder! Thank you, Chris de Burgh! Awesome!

    deepfeelingson January 17, 2014   Link
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    its WW2 Europe themed, & its about 2 people being in love who are from opposing countries who are about to go to war & one is about to go off to war, & its simple a love love about to people on 2 different sides of the border & their love expresses no borders or borderlines

    DarkMusicOmenon July 31, 2014   Link
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    Sad song...Always reminds me of soldiers going to war and regretting the choice between duty and love.

    TinyTimon December 26, 2005   Link
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    Had it been a love song , people would have written much about it .This song is just great .I reminds me of soldies going to the war .Well, and how they always face such kind of quandry and they have to take one side (of course the other willl loose ) . Well, the way it is sung is just great .I am a intense floyd fan ... still there are some other's number that I like ... just love the voice of Chris and in fact I love the ups and downs in this song ... a beautiful emotional song ... really takes the cake .

    floyd_ruleson July 05, 2006   Link
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    This song always gets a fantastic reception when Chris plays live, usually with rapturous applause at the line ‘..wisdom in a war’. I have seen Chris many times and it is always on the set.

    gb184on October 08, 2021   Link
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    I cried when I first heard this song, at a Chris de Burgh concert in Belfast way back in 2000. So sad.

    wee_mangoon September 07, 2008   Link

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