There's fighting on the left
And marching on the right
Don't look up in the sky
You're gonna die of fright
Here comes the razor's edge

You're living on the edge
Don't know wrong from right
They're breathing down your neck
You're running out of lives
And here comes the razor's edge
Here comes the razor's edge
The razor's edge

(Razor's edge) to raise the dead
(Razor's edge) to cut to shreds

To raise the dead

Here comes the razor's edge
Here comes the razor's edge
Well here it comes
To cut to shreds
The razor's edge

At the razor's edge
With a razor's edge
That you'll be cut to shreds
Got a razor's edge
With a razor's edge


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The Razors Edge Lyrics as written by Malcolm Mitchell Young Angus Mckinnon Young

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  • +1
    General Commentyeah this song seems to use the example of a battle. but more generally its about what its like when the pressures really on you and you will have to be tough to pull through.

    It could easily also apply to a grand final game or something.
    freelance_mercenaryon March 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti believe its about war in general
    jimmykon September 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThere are several possible meanings.
    But I'm not convinced it has to do with a battle.
    After all, it's "the razor's edge", not "the bayonet's edge".
    I think of it as a reference to an execution by guillotine.
    The people to the left and right are simply the spectators.
    It's either this, or I've just seen too many horror movies.
    SoapboxMotrinon November 06, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the beginning.. the first 80 seconds.. I think its about a man in a battle or something like that.

    AC/DC rocks... I wonder if there will ever be something new...
    Sashmanon July 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentummm.....
    LizardMan3500on July 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNothing to add apart from how awesome this song is.
    DarkenRahlon September 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey Mikus Fikus you obviously dont know what you are talking about when it comes to music do you. Spice girls suck, and Madonna sucks as well. So do the human race a favor and be sure to shave your neck next time.
    omega104on January 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's pretty clearly an anti-war song. particularly an anti-nuclear song.

    "There's fighting on the left/There's marching on the right" refers directly to the political situation. Leftists remain divided and ineffectual while the right-wing, in spite of their best efforts, keeps marching closer to fascism.

    "Don't look up in the sky/ You're gonna die of fright" seems to refer to nuclear weapons being the source of our eventual annihilation.

    The general theme is that we are standing on the figurative razor's edge. If we slip a little, it's game over.
    ThirdRevolutionon October 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Razor's Edge is death. The rest is inconsequential.

    Or it could have something to do with Malcolm's alcohol addiction and his recovery prior to and during the making of the album.
    NoSacredCowon April 01, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou\'re all wrong as fuck. The song is about cutting oneself whilst shaving.\n\nMystery solved. Yer welcome :) \n\nAndy
    Anderzon March 21, 2022   Link

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