Lyrics: The Edge

The Edge by The Cars (written by Ric Ocasek, ©198*)

 

Today you feel so hopped up like you’re cooking **

Prisoner of your own dilemma, you can keep the dirty looks

We’re talking* says the Chinaman, you can transplant instead

Or you can shuffle down to kingdom come but that’s just what he says

 

You gotta take off the edge, you gotta take off the edge

You gotta take it off, come on, take it off… well…

 

Today you feel so cracked up, and you feel this running fever

That rises when you least expect it, and comes on like a cleaver

Get lost in the ballerina, it’s just like dancing with myself

And the only time you sneak around is when you need some kind of help, ho!

 

You gotta take off the edge, you gotta take off the edge

You gotta take it off, come on, take it off…. go!

 

Today you feel electric, zippin and a-zappin

A little like ‘condition dead’ with all the extra trappings

I’m with you said the jedi, as he pockets all your hope

Well if you really want to hang yourself don’t supply* the extra rope

 

You gotta take off the edge, you gotta take off the edge

Come on, take it off… take it… take it off… take off the edge

 

You gotta take off the edge, you gotta take off the edge

You gotta take it off, come on, take off the edge

 

You gotta take off the edge, you gotta… come on, take it off… well

 

You gotta take off the edge, you gotta take off the edge

You gotta take off the edge, take it off

You gotta take off the edge, you gotta take off the edge

Come on, take it off… well… take it off… take off the edge

 

 

8 thoughts on “Lyrics: The Edge

  1. I was thinking that this line:
    Get lost in the ballerina, it’s just like dancing with myself
    is actually meant to be:
    “Get lost!” said the ballerina, “It’s just like dancing with myself.”
    …which is one of Ric’s sly jokes.

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  2. What about –
    Today you feel so hopped up like your cook’n a PIECE OF WOOD
    (that would loosely rhyme with looks)
    And…. We’re CHOPPING said the Chinaman
    And..I agree with “Get Lost” SAID THE ballerina, “It’s just like dancin’ with myself”
    (meaning she is saying you are such a poor dancing partner, it’s like dancing with myself, so get lost!)
    And then…if you really want to hang yourself JUST supply the extra rope.

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  3. Verse 1:
    Today you feel so hopped up, like a crooked fiction book
    A prisoner of your own dilemma, you can keep the dirty looks
    “We’re truckin'” says the Chinaman, “You can transplant instead”
    Or you can shuffle down to kingdom come, but that’s just what he says

    Verse 2:
    Today you feel so cracked up, and you feel this funny fever
    That rises when you least expect it, and comes on like a cleaver
    “Get lost!” said the ballerina, “It’s just like dancing with myself”
    And the only time you sneak around is when you need some kind of help, ho!

    Verse 3:
    Today you feel electric, zippin’ and a-zappin’
    A little like “condition dead” with all the extra trappings
    I’m with you said the Jedi, as he pockets all your hope
    Well if you really want to hang yourself, they’ll supply the extra rope

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