On the Border Song Lyrics

Al Stewart


publisher: ©Alfred, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon
album: Track 2 in album Year of the Cat
release date: 1976-7
popularity : 120 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Pop Folk, World, & Country
styles: Pop Rock/Classic Rock
length: 3:21
producer: Alan Parsons
composer: Al Stewart
lyricist: Al Stewart

Album Information

label: RCA
country(area): United Kingdom
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Al Stewart Year of the Cat cover art


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The fishing boats go out across the evening water
Smuggling guns and arms across the Spanish border
The wind whips up the waves so loud
The ghost moon sails among the clouds
Turns the rifles into silver on the border

On my wall the colours of the maps are running
From Africa the winds they talk of changes coming
The torches flare up in the night
The hand that sets the farms alight
Has spread the word to those who're waiting on the border

In the village where I grew up
Nothing seems the same
Still you never see the change from day to day


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Lord Grenville
  • 2 On the Border
  • 3 Midas Shadow
  • 4 Sand in Your Shoes
  • 5 If It Doesn’t Come Naturally, Leave It
  • 6 Flying Sorcery
  • 7 Broadway Hotel
  • 8 One Stage Before
  • 9 Year of the Cat