Song Edge Of A Knife • Performed by Cirith UngolRecorded May 1980 • Originally written Sat 23 Apr 1977

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Lyrics

It seems I’m always frustrated
When I should be satisfied
But as long as I’m frustrated
I know I’m still alive
I’ve got 20/20 hindsight
But I won’t live in the past
I like to look up at the sky
When I’m flat on my ass

Edge of a knife, edge of a knife
Maybe that’s what they mean by real life
Edge of a knife, edge of a knife
Maybe that’s what they mean by real life

I’ve got my rock ‘n roll haircut
I’ve got my rock ‘n roll jeans
Just to make me feel like
Someone I’d rather not be
I don’t care if you laugh at me
It’s better than beeing ignored
Anyway, I’m used to it
That’s what fools are for

Edge of a knife, edge of a knife
Maybe that’s what they mean by real life
Edge of a knife, edge of a knife
Maybe that’s what they mean by real life
Edge of a knife, edge of a knife
Maybe that’s what they mean by real life
Edge of a knife, edge of a knife
Maybe that’s what they mean by real life

Maybe I gotta get hurt
Maybe that’s what I need
‘Cause I got music in my bloodstream
Sometimes I just can’t seem to bleed
I don’t care if you laugh at me
It’t better than beeing ignored
Anyway, I’m used to it
That’s what fools are for

Edge of a knife, edge of a knife
Maybe that’s what they mean by real life
Edge of a knife, edge of a knife
Maybe that’s what they mean by real life
Edge of a knife, edge of a knife
Maybe that’s what they mean by real life
Edge of a knife, edge of a knife
Maybe that’s what they mean by real life

Edge of a knife, edge of a knife
Maybe that’s what they mean by real life
Edge of a knife, edge of a knife
Maybe that’s what they mean by real life

Written by Greg Lindstrom. This song has probably the bands most quoted lyrics;  “I’ve got my rock ‘n roll haircut  /I’ve got my rock ‘n roll jeans”. Lindstrom’s second favourite of this album after I’m Alive.

Robert Garven: In the second verse of ‘Edge of a knife’ you say ‘I got my rock n’ roll haircut, I got my rock n’ roll jeans’. Would you describe your music as rock n’ roll or would you accept the characterization of being a pure heavy metal band? In my opinion the sound is prime doom/heavy metal.

Steel Conjuring: I think of us as a Metal Band, but we did have a lot of HARD ROCK influences such as Cactus, Mountain, ZZ Tops, Y&T, etc. I think of “Edge of a Knife as our “Rockabilly Song” ? Ha! Don’t forget the solo in this song is great! We certainly aspired to be the Heaviest Band around, I feel if we had had succeeded the music would have progressed along a far heavier path.

The middle of section reminds me of “Fly by Night” era Rush somehow.

Greg Lindstrom

Edge Of A Knife (Album version May 1980)

From release Frost And Fire (1981).

Edge Of A Knife (40th Anniversary Remix)

From re-released Frost And Fire (2021).

Edge Of A Knife (Remaster From Original Tapes / 2021 Remaster)

From re-released Frost And Fire (2021).

Edge Of A Knife (Demo 23 Apr 1977)

From re-released Frost And Fire (2021).

Edge Of A Knife (Demo Sept 1980)

From re-released Frost And Fire (2021).

Edge Of A Knife (live)

Live at Up the Hammers Festival, Sat 27 May 2017

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