They're still racing out at the Trestles
But that blood it never burned in her veins
Now I hear she's got a house up in Fairview
And a style she's trying to maintain
Well if she wants to see me
You can tell her that I'm easily found
Tell her there's a spot out 'neath Abram's Bridge
And tell her there's a darkness on the edge of town

Everybody's got a secret Sonny
Something that they just can't face
Some folks spend their whole lives trying to keep it
They carry it with them every step that they take
Till some day they just cut it loose
Cut it loose or let it drag 'em down
Where no one asks any questions
Or looks too long in your face
In the darkness on the edge of town

Some folks are born into a good life
Other folks get it anyway anyhow
I lost my money and I lost my wife
Them things don't seem to matter much to me now
Tonight I'll be on that hill 'cause I can't stop
I'll be on that hill with everything I got
Lives on the line where dreams are found and lost
I'll be there on time and I'll pay the cost
For wanting things that can only be found
In the darkness on the edge of town


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    General CommentThe Darkness on the edge of town is the hinterland where the true artist and seeker thrives, away from the comforts of suburbia and the values of the bourgeois life style. It’s where a person can feel more alive and in touch with reality. It is the option any one of us can take if we are prepared to ‘pay the cost’ i.e. lose those material, mind numbing comforts. The only bitterness he may feel is not one of comparing his lot (or material wellbeing) against that of his erstwhile wife who is living in Fairview but that she couldn’t see what he could in living a life on the ‘edge’ of society; ‘that blood it never burnt in her veins’. Some of you would benefit from reading Colin Wilson’s Outsider then this whole album would truly come alive for you; but then again if the ‘blood doesn’t burn in your veins’ you wouldn’t ‘get’ that either.
    Melchizedekon December 15, 2011   Link

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