‘Knife Edge (1984 E-Zee Hire demo)’ [5:51] (Macdonald/Peters), The Alarm

‘Knife Edge (1984 E-Zee Hire demo)’ [5:51] (Macdonald/Peters), The Alarm
Lead Vocals:Mike Peters
Lyrics
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Petrol fumes, littered street and the beauty of unemployment
The writings on the walls of empty houses
Going to waste

I'm living on a knife edge
On the breadline
Taking all the hard sell
Looking for a life line

When you ain't got nothing in this world 
It makes you feel useless
It gives you nothing to live for
Nothing to die oh no no
And I'm burning up burning up burning up
I got nowhere to go
I've got it all to give 
And no-one to give it to

That's why I'm looking for you
For someone to whom I can prove
That I ain't through
I'm alive and that's the truth

I'm living on a knife edge
On the breadline
I'm taking all the hard sell
I'm looking for a life line
On the knife edge
There's only one way out

(Hey now)

And society's doors get slammed in my face
'Cause I ain't got what they want
I ain't got enough of this or that
I ain't got no qualifications
And I'm fired up, fired up, fired up
And I can't do nothing to change it
I just gotta sit back and wait for my chance to come

That's why I'm looking for you
For someone to whom I can prove
That I ain't through
Oh I'm alive and that's the truth

I'm living on a knife edge
On the breadline
I'm taking all the hard sell
I'm looking for a life line
On the knife edge
There's only one way out

Petrol fumes, littered streets, with the beauty of unempolyment
The writings on the walls of empty houses
Going to waste
There's cracks in the pavement
There's cracks in society
Cracks in that's cracking up
I don't know about you
But all I'm trying to do is survive

I'm, I'm, I'm living on a knife edge
On the breadline
Taking all the hard sell
Looking for a life line
I'm on a knife edge

I'm living on a knife edge
I'm on the breadline
I'm taking all the hard sell
Looking for a life line
On the knife edge
Oh no, there's only one way out

There's only one way out


Memories come flooding back
The bitter pain of disappointment
Of once of having love but now
I only feel loss
There's a pointlessness about it all
I've gotta force that to the back of my mind 
Ah the important thing now
Is just I've gotta survive

I'M LIVING ON A KNIGEDGE 
I*M ON THE EDGE OF THE LINE 
I'M TAKING ALL THE HARD SELL 
I'M LOOKING FOR A LIFE LINE I'M LIVING ON A KNIFE EDGE
I'M LIVING AT THE END OF A LINE
I'M TAKING TAKING ALL THE HARD SELL
JUST LOOKING FOR THE LIFE LINE
I'M LIVING ON A KNIFE EDGE
I'M LOOKING FOR YOU NOW

Notes
:Different lyrics and longer than final versiion

Recorded 29th-30th November 1984: E-Zee Hire Studios, London. Demo tape sessions recorded by live sound engineer Nigel Luby. The band sent these tapes to America in December 1984 to legendary US record producer Jimmy Iovine who agreed to record the band in January 1985. The album was going to be titled “Absolute Reality” and a tour was booked to coincide with its projected release. Unfortunately, Iovine never came to Britain to record with The Alarm, Iovine claimed an illness in his family prevented him from travelling. However, it didn’t stop him recording “Once Upon A Time” for Simple Minds. Rumour has it that The Alarm were gazumped by Simple Minds who secured Iovine’s services for a larger advance payment.
Mike Peters Notes
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Eddie MacDonald Notes
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