The Border
Written by Russ Ballard and Dewey Bunnell, ©1983
Found on Your Move, America In Concert (85), Ventura Highway And Other Favorites, The Very Best Of America, Encore: More Greatest Hits, Premium Gold Collection, Centenary Collection, Greatest Hits, Highway, The Definitive America, and The Complete Greatest Hits.

You must be lost in a faraway land
I searched forever your footprints in the sand
I feel you need me, I have to answer
That desperate call that I do not understand

A burning bridge, a lonely highway
Another dark night thinking alone
What could've happened, am I just dreaming
It doesn't matter but there's one thing that I know

If I could make it to the border
If I could make it to the coast
If I could make it to the border
I'd be in the arms of the girl I love the most

Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do
Make it to the border

So on and on I keep on running
To make the border before the light
Just one more river, then I can make it
Again you'll be in my arms tonight

If I could make it to the border
If I could make it to the coast
If I could make it to the border
I'd be in the arms of the girl I love the most

Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do
Make it to the border
Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do
Make it to the border

If I could make it to the border
If I could make it to the coast
If I could make it to the border
I'd be in the arms of the girl I love the most

Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do
Make it to the border
Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do
Make it to the border
Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do
Make it to the border
Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do
Make it to the border ...

Highway Highlight (from the box set booklet)
"The Border" had some of the elements that made "You Can Do Magic" so appealing, though it reached only #33 on the Pop chart in August of '83. (It fared better in the Adult Contemporary format, rising to #4.) Bunnell revised the song's lyrics and sang lead. As he explains it, "Russ had written a song called 'The Border,' and the song itself is virtually what you hear today, except that I rewrote all the lyrics except for the title line. Because he was very British, he had used some cliche lyrics that, to us as Americans, sounded incongruous. He was trying to get a desperado-type feel but used words like Pasadena. The lyrics just didn't get the whole border thing and that Mexicali feel that he was envisioning. I asked to rewrite it, and he was receptive, so I wrote a story about running away and trying to escape something."


Last Revised: 1 August 2001