Wednesday, April 28, 2010
ACROSS THE BORDERLINE
"Across the Borderline" is a song about people escaping poverty and seeking a better life across the border. We've posted it now because of the new racist immigration law signed by the governor of Arizona. Arizona, the state that fought against celebrating Martin Luther King Day, has done it again. By claiming to protect America, they may have violated America's highest law, the foundation of the country itself and the basis of our freedoms, the U.S. Constitution.
There's a place where I've been told
Every street is paved with gold
And it's just across the borderline
And when it's time to take your turn
Here's one lesson that you must learn
You could lose more than you'll ever hope to find
When you reach the broken promised land
And every dream slips through your hands
Then you'll know that it's too late to change your mind
'Cause you've paid the price to come so far
Just to wind up where you are
And you're still just across the borderline.
The song was written by Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, and Jim Dickinson, and it's been performed by Freddie Fender, Willy DeVille and Willie Nelson, among others. Here, Mr. Dylan sings a heartfelt version, with guitar help from Richard Thompson.