Hunters and Collectors – Edge of Nowhere

Versions

Version Length Source Availability
Studio  5:11 Cut album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Live 4:52 1993 05 02 Sammys, Dunedin, New Zealand Cassette The Vault digital download at True Believers, 5 November 2012.

 Recommended Version.

 

Commentary

“Edge Of Nowhere” is not one of the six singles off the “Cut” album but is an amazing song, best listened to at night in the dark. The song is perfect – the ‘horns of contempt’, the vocals, the echo’s, the drumming – everything.

In a Rolling Stone article in 1992, Mark Seymour had this to say about “Edge Of Nowhere”:

“That’s an interesting one. An athlete that I ran with died – he was run over by a truck. It was a Thursday night – competition night. Like me, the guys I run with were really upset. That song is about appealing to someone, trying to bridge an impossible gap – the gap in possible communication that is between you and someone who isn’t there. It’s about alienation – being disconnected from the envirnoment you live in, which is so basic I don’t understand why more musicians don’t write about it more.”

 

Lyrics

We run together but so much is left unsaid
I’m right beside you but I can’t tell what’s in your head
I made a promise but you keep me hangin’ on
So far to travel but my heart it ain’t that strong

Can I call you from the edge of nowhere?
Can I reach you if I call from the other side?
Would you throw me a line ‘cross the banks of a broken river?
Would you save me if I threw myself into the raging tide?

There’s so much I could say but I can’t tell you why
We got to walk to the water when I know that we could fly
Away from here but the path is oh so long
Longer than the time that it takes to get back home

Can I call you from the edge of nowhere?
Can I reach you if I call from the other side?
Would you throw me a line ‘cross the banks of a broken river?
Would you save me if I threw myself into the raging tide?

[repeat]