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Edge of Reality

Rating:
4.3 / 5

Words & Music: Bill Giant Bernie Baum Florence Kaye

I walk along a thin line darling
Dark shadows follow me
Here's where life's dream lies disillusioned
The edge of reality

Oh I can hear strange voices echo
Laughing with mockery
The border line of doom I'm facing
The edge of reality

On the edge of reality she sits there tormenting me
The girl with the nameless face
On the edge of reality where she overpowers me
With fears that I can't explain
She drove me to the point of madness
The brink of misery
If she's not real then I'm condemned to
The edge of reality

On the edge of reality she sits there tormenting me
The girl with the nameless face
On the edge of reality where she overpowers me
With fears that I can't explain
She drove me to the point of madness
The brink of misery
If she's not real then I'm condemned to
The edge of reality

Reality, reality, reality, reality,
Reality, reality, reality, reality

Recordingdate: 1968/03/07, first released on: single (album)

Musicians

Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Edge of Reality:

(guitar)
(guitar)
(guitar)
(guitar)
(bass)
(bass)
(drums)
(drums)
(piano)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)

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Lex wrote on May 17, 2008
Unfortunately Elvis' movie tracks weren't taken seriously anymore at the time this great track was recorded. In my opinion this one belongs to his best movie tracks.
bastiaanvinke wrote on February 26, 2009
I really love this 'weird' song. Deserved better...
1 BILLION SOLD wrote on April 07, 2011
Ive always liked this really cool song! Even the odd "dream" sequence in the movie when its sung, goes well for the time!
Polk Salad Robert wrote on April 07, 2011
For me this is one of the many songs nobody could interpret better. He should have done an album with songs like that. When I here it I feel like being in a strange but wunderful dream...
Deano1 wrote on April 07, 2011
All of the songs from the "Live A Little, Love A Little" soundtrack are a major improvement over Elvis' soundtrack recordings from 1964-1967. This one is unique and a little "weird", but very well sung and with production values worthy of Elvis' talent. The dream sequence in the movie where this song is used is enjoyable and fits in with the story well. Overall, the movie is enjoyable although it suffers from poor editing and direction. Elvis does a very good job acting in this one and Michelle Carey looks simply amazing!
dgirl wrote on April 07, 2011
Finally an Elvis movie song in step with the times. Great 1968 sound on this one with clever lyrics and Elvis sings the hell out of it. 5 stars. Great record. Movie was an improvement also. Can we get this re-released?
ChangeOfHabit wrote on April 07, 2011
Great song with a cool sound. ato bad it is so little known.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on April 07, 2011
Love this song !! Should have been a big on the charts. I believe it was the "B" side to the "If I can dream" single. Both sides should have charted higher. But nonetheless, Elvis was on the "comeback Trail' and more great records were to come.
Rob Wanders wrote on August 12, 2011
such a great song! Elvis back on track!
Lpool kid wrote on August 12, 2011
finely after years of dreadful movie songs and not since viva las vegas we get a song.this should have been an A side and a hit.i still think it's the lesser known songs that should be revamped like bossa nova baby which i thought was brilliantly done.that i think is the only way forward,you can't tread water forever you have to move on.
Steve V wrote on August 12, 2011
Best movie song since Viva and one of the best ever. Turns out this movie had 2 gems, ALLC and this one. Wonderful World is good also. All along the movies should have had an EPs worth of good songs instead of an LPs worth of mostly bad. As Elvis once said, you record 13 songs for a movie they cant all be good.
Andy_2 wrote on August 12, 2011
Great song from a great soundtrack and a really enjoyable movie. Sure i read somebody say that this would have made a great James Bond movie theme song. I agree.
TCB1974 wrote on August 12, 2011
This is a bit of a weird song with a great sound that fitted well within the late 60s culture with strong delivery from our man. Given how poor movie songs were in 1965-1967, this was a breeze of fresh air. This should have been an A-side. Four stars from me.
NONE000000 wrote on June 01, 2012
This is a great track (as were all the songs from Live a Little, Love a Little). Viva Elvis, the las vegas cirque de solae show, should have used this track for the album they put out. I don't want or need a dance remix, but this song deserves to be remastered, repurposed and put to some use. It does have a James Bond sound to it. A check of You Tube videos for this track shows that others recognize the coolness of this track too. If "Viva Elvis" had turned out to even a third as creative and interesting as the Beatles "Love" cd was, this would have been an obvious inclusion and could have made for a great, slightly psychedelic 60s track. As it stands, I still love it. It just deserves a much higher profile--people don't realize all the well-hidden gems Elvis recorded.
Gorse wrote on November 15, 2012
Totally different from most things he did, with the creation of an eerie and somewhat mystical atmosphere. One of his best post army film tracks which should have been a global A side.
ElvisSacramento wrote on January 18, 2013
I've always liked this song immensely and it should definitely be much better known than it actually is. This song was also unlike anything that Elvis had ever recorded. Also, it's from my sixth most favorite Elvis movie "Live A Little, Love A Little".
alanfalk wrote on January 18, 2013
One of my favorite Elvis songs, didn´t it go all the way to the top in Australia ?, if so it was fully deserved. The last 5 movies he made had really cool songs in them, many of them just as good as the american sound studio prodused ones.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on January 18, 2013
I Love the songs from this period of time. Another one I like, that is semi overlooked, like "Edge or Reality" is "Charro".
kink56 wrote on January 18, 2013
Billy Strange earns his name. I love this song and all songs on Live A Little Love A Little.
Rob Wanders wrote on March 21, 2013
fantastic haunting song. I agree with GEORGE. Great period of time with great songs like Charro and Change of habit.
WayDownUnder wrote on March 21, 2013
In my top 10. One of my favourites.
japio wrote on March 21, 2013
A real good one. I don't understand why RCA give it more promotion. Timeless
GEORGE (GK) wrote on March 21, 2013
Its a shame that "Edge of Reality" was the "B" side, of the single, "If I can Dream". "Edge" could have been, a totally seperate "A" sided single release, with a "strong push" at Radio. RCA Records, today, could easily, keep the "vibe" of the song, and overdub it, with a slightly stronger remix, without losing the "Magic" of the original sound, and it just might catch on, in the music world of today, since its not a well known Elvis song, in the music industry.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on March 21, 2013
Giant/ Baum/ Kaye. was a strong song writing team. I believe they wrote "Wearin' that Loved on look" for the Memphis album, among others in the Elvis catalong.
Great Dane wrote on March 21, 2013
Great song. I like the movie with the great dane in it.
cookingfat wrote on June 21, 2013
Not particularly a favourite song, but better then the stuff he had been singing in those lame movies.
Elvis Rimes wrote on June 21, 2013
Quite a weird song in honesty but a fabulous one at that - again demonstates how versatile Elvis really was. Popular with most if the rating is anything to go by.
sugartummy wrote on July 15, 2013
A strange, but/and therefore a satisfying song. Cool I should even say.
shawnrw wrote on January 15, 2014
I really always thought this was a greatly overlooked song. A dramatic, rock song with a mysterious air that Elvis cuts loose on. To me it is a hidden treasure.
Cruiser621 wrote on March 25, 2016
Not a real big fan of this song to be blunt. A far cry from the 1950's that's for sure. Still out of step with what was going on during the tail end of the 1960's. I will admit the tune does stay in ones mind after hearing it.
Torments my heart wrote on August 03, 2021
Number One in Australia... we know a good thing when we hear it... it used to scare me a bit when I was young.
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