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"The Edge of America"
by Duran Duran
Song details
Duran duran big thing Track number 11
from the album
Big Thing
Previous track: Flute Interlude
Next track: Lake Shore Driving
Length: 2:36
Writer(s): Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor
Producer(s): Duran Duran, Jonathan Elias, Daniel Abraham



"The Edge of America" and "Lake Shore Driving" are two Duran Duran songs from their 1988 album Big Thing. Together, the two songs form a continuous, guitar-driven medley, with the "Lake Shore Driving" part being instrumental.

The lyrics seem to describe the band's fall from the charts and subsequent lower-key music career as a result.

"Lake Shore Driving" is notable for having a sudden, interrupted cold end, which according to Nick Rhodes, is when the tape accidentally ran out in the studio. A complete version of the song was never officially released, but a demo of the song with the complete ending was bootlegged. The song in its complete form runs at around 3:36. This version was also played live on the band's Big Thing and Electric Theatre tours with a lengthy, extended outro as the encore.


"Lake Shore Driving"
by Duran Duran
Song details
Duran duran big thing Track number 12
from the album
Big Thing
Previous track: The Edge of America
Length: 3:05
Writer(s): Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor
Producer(s): Duran Duran, Jonathan Elias, Daniel Abraham


Ask Katy triviaEdit

"Hi Katy, This is a question for John, Nick or Simon… I happened to play Big Thing again the other day, and whilst it’s still a fantastic album, I was wondering: How come Edge of America ended up so short? It’s a gorgeous tune, and every time I hear it I wonder about what a full version could have sounded like. Does a long version even exist? All the very best, and here’s to many more years… Steve"

  • "THE BAND BELIEVE IT WAS A LONGER SONG AT ONE STAGE, BUT DURING THE RECORDING IT MUTATED IN TO TWO PIECES OF MUSIC, THE OTHER BEING “LAKE SHORE DRIVE.” NOT QUITE SURE WHETEHR THE BAND EVER COMPLETED THE LONGER VERSION THOUGH…THEY PLAN TO CHECK!"

"I’ve always wondered why Lake Shore Driving has that strange, abrupt ending like something’s missing? Louis"

  • “Well Louis, it is really quite simple. That is where the tape ran out. Nick”

The Krush Brothers LSD EditEdit

"The LSD Edit" is an edited medley of both songs in a single track. Only the first verse and chorus from "The Edge of America" is present and the instrumental fades out at the end.

This version of the medley was released as a promotional single for Big Thing, albeit credited to a pseudonym, The Krush Brothers.

It later became the B-side to the "Do You Believe in Shame?" single, renamed to "The Krush Brothers LSD Edit".

Song versionsEdit

  • "The Edge of America" – 2:36
  • "Lake Shore Driving" – 3:05
  • "Official Bootleg: The LSD Edit" – 3:31 (credited to The Krush Brothers) (aka "The Krush Brothers LSD Edit")
  • "The Edge of America/Lake Shore Driving" [demo] – 6:13 (bootleg, Maison Rouge: The Big Thing Sessions)

LyricsEdit

Walk the edge of America
Concrete beach to scrape my hand
Inside the subway, stinking fear and shame
Becomes the violent breath

Vigilantes out on dawn patrol
But now there's nothing left to hide
I'm just a number on the metal fence
Which marks the great divide
(Sing it)

Hey boy
Give your dreams a rest
If you're tired of searching
This is where it ends
There's nothing left to lose
Nothing to protest
Learn to love your anger now
Anger here is all you possess
Welcome to the edge

Below the towers of the citadel
Seems someone overlooked the cost
Forgotten soldier of paradise
Now paradise is lost

Recognition never realised
Salvation lost among the crowd
So tell me here beside the sterile sea
Where is your nation now?
(We say)

Hey boy
Give your dreams a rest
If you're tired of searching
This is where it ends
There's nothing left to lose
Nothing to protest
Learn to love your anger now
Anger here is all you possess
Welcome to the edge...
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