Livin' on the Edge
|"Livin' on the Edge"|
|Single by Aerosmith|
|from the album Get a Grip|
|B-side||"Don't Stop"/"Can't Stop Messin'"|
|Released||February 23, 1993|
|Genre||Hard rock, blues rock|
6:07 (album version)6:21 (full version)
|Aerosmith singles chronology|
"Livin' on the Edge" is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. The song was written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Mark Hudson. It was released in 1993 (see 1993 in music) as the first single from the band's commercially successful album Get a Grip. The single reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart, where it remained for nine weeks, making it Aerosmith's most successful single on that chart. In the UK, the song peaked at #19 on the British pop chart in April 1993.
The song is one of Aerosmith's most successful attempts at tackling social issues. It reflects on the sorry state of the world ("There's something wrong with the world today"), religion ("We're seeing things in a different way and God knows it ain't his"), racism ("If you can judge a wise man by the color of his skin"), among other things. However, the lyrics in the song also suggest that the world is still worth living in ("We could tell 'em no, or we could let it go, but I would rather be a-hangin' on"). The lyrics also contain a reference to the Yardbirds song, "Mister You're a Better Man Than I" (Aerosmith had previously recorded a version of a song popularized by the Yardbirds, "Train Kept A-Rollin'").
According to the band's autobiography Walk This Way, the song was inspired by the Los Angeles riots of 1992. Steven Tyler also mentions in the book, that the song features the sound of a bass drum he stole from his high school; four loud beats are heard from that drum in a pause between the final verse and chorus.
The music video for "Livin' on the Edge" is notable for a number of things, including depicting vandalism, theft (notably grand theft auto), joyriding, airbag crashing, unprotected sex, and violence among school-aged youth, cross-dressing teachers, a naked Steven Tyler holding a zipper by his crotch with half his body painted black (to give the effect he pulled down a zipper, unzipping his body) and lead guitarist Joe Perry playing a lead guitar solo in front of an oncoming train. Directed by Marty Callner, the video was praised for its groundbreaking theatrical scenes and special effects. The video featured acting by the young Edward Furlong.
"Livin' on the Edge" has always remained a staple at Aerosmith concerts ever since its release.
During the Get a Grip Tour, lead singer Steven Tyler would often sing a portion of "She Cried" (a song by Jay and the Americans) before going into "Livin' on the Edge". Dramatic performances, often involving Tyler screaming "There ain't no life nowhere" and then breathing heavily over a bright light, would also often be involved during the brief interlude in the song.
Awards and acclaim
The song received much critical acclaim and won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for the year 1993.
|End of year chart (1993)||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||94|
Covers and other versions
Bob Rivers has done a version for his radio show as "Growin' in the Fridge" on his website.
In other media
"Livin' on the Edge" has been featured as the theme song for History's reality television show Ice Road Truckers since the series premiered in 2007. However, beginning in Season 5 in 2011, the song is no longer being used.
The music video was featured in an earlier showing of the Beavis and Butt-Head episode "At the Sideshow".
The Song is also used as the theme song of a Pakistani Dare Show by the same name hosted by Waqar Zaka
|1.||"Livin' on the Edge" (LP Version)||Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Mark Hudson||6:07|
|2.||"Don't Stop" (Previously Unreleased)||Tyler, Perry, Jim Vallance||4:05|
|3.||"Flesh" (LP Version)||Tyler, Perry, Desmond Child||5:57|
- Livin' On The Edge (Closer To The Edge Edit) 4:20
- Livin' On The Edge (Further From The Edge Edit) 5:05
- Livin' On The Edge (LP Version) 6:07
Strictly Limited Edition CD Single
|1.||"Livin' on the Edge" (LP Version)||Tyler, Perry, Hudson||6:07|
|2.||"Livin' on the Edge" (Acoustic Version)||Tyler, Perry, Hudson||5:41|
|3.||"Can't Stop Messin" (International Release LP Version)||Tyler, Perry, Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw||3:21|