All the stories have been told
Of kings and days of old
But there's no England now (there's no England now)
All the wars that were won and lost
Somehow don't seem to matter very much anymore
All the lies we were told (all the lies we were told)
All the lies of the people running round
Their castles have burned
I see change
But inside we're the same
As we ever were

Living on a thin line, ooh
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line (living on a thin line), ooh
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

Living on a thin line (living on a thin line)
Living this way, each day is a dream
What am I, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line (living on a thin line), ooh
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

Now another century nearly gone (no, no)
What are we gonna leave for the young?
What we couldn't do, what we wouldn't do
It's a crime, but does it matter?
Does it matter much? does it matter much to you?
Does it ever really matter? yes, it really, really matters

Living on a thin line (living on a thin line), ooh
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line (living on a thin line), ooh
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

Then another leader says
"Break their hearts and break some heads"
Is there nothing we can say or do?
Blame the future on the past
Always lost in bloody guts
And when they're gone, it's me and you

Living on a thin line, ooh
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line (living on a thin line), ooh
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line, ooh


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    My Interpretation

    The song is about the fall of England from greatness in the mid 20th Century,

    BARDRICKon July 28, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation

    I think this song uses the metaphor of war and castles to talk about the precariousness of life. We can surround us with goods and merits, spending time and efforts of our lives to achieve goals that, in the end, are just fruitless or can vanish as thin air.

    Otherwise is also good to symbolize the value of human life: we rarely realise the luck of being alive, except when we risk to fall from the thin line!

    Producers of the Soprano couldn't choose a better song! Gangsters' life can be risky and exciting for some aspects, but they follow a wrong path: when they are successful they can be rich and powerful, but they keep on been empty inside, no value nor consolation can fullfil that hole! The charachters of the series must really feel in this way the lyrics of the song!

    mimiloon September 03, 2014   Link
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    General Comment

    It has nothing to do with living on a "thin line," as in paycheck to paycheck. The thin line is a moral one. Meaning, what good is it to exist as individuals if we have no sense of national or social or cultural identity? Without these traditional anchors, an individual is left floundering in life with nothing but a sense of meaninglessness. Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

    James03on June 01, 2023   Link
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    General Comment

    I think this song was on the sopranos?

    -wishyouwerehere-on October 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Not sure, but it certainly is good!

    Spudgunon January 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Yup, this song was on The Sopranos. Used during the rolling credits at the end of an episode (Can't remember the episode though).

    ed.bk84on May 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    episode 'University'. good song, great idea to play in the scene in the stripbar, right after the murder of the stripper.

    chris34on July 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    o jesus! so awesome in the stripclub. i just finished the sopranos the other day-i'm gonna miss it so bad. awesome song.

    wellis666on November 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Could this song have anything to do with the Falklands war? Some of the lyrics could be directed at Thatcher. Any Kinks fan who knows when this song was first recorded? (Saw this on Sopranos, also)

    Coolgangsteron November 25, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    It's funny how this song is mostly found by watching The Sopranos. I love that show... have every single season!

    ThaJew420on December 15, 2007   Link

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