Living On A Thin Line

Written by: Dave Davies

Published by: Dabe Music, 1984

Chord file

Lyrics:

All the stories have been told
Of kings and days of old,
But 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 of the people running round,
They're castles have burned.
Now I see change,
But inside we're the same as we ever were.

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

Now another century nearly gone,
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,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

Now 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 blood and guts.
And when they're gone, it's me and you.

Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line.

This song can be found on the following releases:

stereo mix (4:12), recorded Aug-Sep 1984 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
Word Of Mouth 19 Nov, 1984 USA Arista AL8-8264 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Word Of Mouth 19 Nov, 1984 UK Arista 206 685 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Word Of Mouth Dec 1984 Germany Arista 610.302-222 CD
Word Of Mouth Feb 1985 USA Arista ARCD-8264 CD
Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986 Jun 1986 USA Arista A2CD-8428 CD
Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986 1986 Brazil Arista/BMG (unknown) 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986 2 Jun, 1986 USA Arista AL11-8428 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986 Oct 1986 UK Arista 302 778 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Best Of The Ballads May 1993 Germany BMG/Arista 74321 13687 2 CD
Anthology - Unfinished Business 9 Nov, 1998 UK Essential/Castle Communications ESS CD 584 2 CD set
Unfinished Business - Dave Davies Kronikles, 1963|1998 12 Jan, 1999 USA Meta Media/Velvel 63467-79718-2 2 CD set
Word Of Mouth 27 Apr, 1999 USA Konk/Velvel 63467-79732-2 CD
Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986 24 Oct, 2000 USA Konk/Velvel/Koch VEL-79733 CD
The Ultimate Collection 27 May, 2002 UK Sanctuary Records Group RTV0023 2 CD set
Greatest Hits 1970-1986 30 Oct, 2007 USA Konk/Velvel/Koch Records VEL-79822 3 CD set
Picture Book 8 Dec, 2008 UK Universal/Sanctuary 5313049 Multi CD box set
The Essential Kinks 14 Oct 2014 USA RCA/Arista/Legacy (Sony Music) 88843066622 2 CD set

live, stereo mix, recorded 1 Jul, 1987 at Mann Music Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Road (The Kinks Live) 9 Dec, 1987 Germany Metronome 828 081-2 CD
The Road (The Kinks Live) 11 Jan, 1988 USA MCA MCA-42107 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Road (The Kinks Live) 11 Jan, 1988 USA MCA MCAD-42107 CD
The Road (The Kinks Live) 23 May, 1988 UK London LONLP 49 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Road (The Kinks Live) 23 May, 1988 USA London LONCD 828.081-2 CD
Lost And Found (1986-89) 27 Aug, 1991 USA MCA MCAD-10338 CD

live, stereo mix (4:41), recorded 29 Apr, 1997 at Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, California
Belly Up! 7 Aug 2008 UK Metamedia Records MM-009 CD

live, stereo mix, recorded 26 or 29 Nov, 1997 at The Bottom Line, New York City
Rock Bottom - Live At The Bottom Line 27 Jun, 2000 USA Meta Media/Koch Records KOC-CD-8087 CD
Kinked 7 Mar, 2006 USA Koch Records KOC-CD-9996 CD

live, stereo mix, recorded 6 Oct, 1999 at Marian College, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Solo Live - Live Solo Performance At The Marian College Todd Wehr Alumni Center 17 Jun, 2000 USA Meta Media MM03 CD

live, stereo mix, recorded 23 May, 2003 at Alex Theatre, Glendale, California
Transformation - Live At The Alex Theatre 6 Aug, 2003 USA Meta Media MM06 CD
Transformation - Live At The Alex Theatre 5 Sep, 2005 UK Angel Air Records SJPCD212 CD

live, stereo mix, recorded 13 Jun, 2004 at Stadtwerke Open Air Festival, Potsdam, Germany
Rainy Day In June 17 Jan, 2005 UK Meta Media MM07 CD

stereo mix, by Paul Mamolou with CJ Marshall, Elwood-James and Todd Kowalski, recorded 2007
KPS4 3603 - The Songs Of Dave Davies May 2007 USA KPS4 3608 CD


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