On the Border

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 : 25 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
The wind whips up the waves so loud
Turns the rifles into silver on the border
On my wall the colours of the maps are running
The torches flare up in the night
Has spread the word to those who're waiting on the border
In the village where I grew up
Still you never see the change from day to day

I moved across the darkened room and in the lampglow
The spirit of the century

Nothing seems the same
An empty shell

Smuggling guns and arms across the Spanish border
The ghost moon sails among the clouds

On the border


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