Across the Borderline

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Across the Borderline
Across the Borderline - Willie Nelson.jpg
Studio album by Willie Nelson
GenreCountry, country rock
ProducerDon Was, Paul Simon, Roy Halee
Willie Nelson chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Across the Borderline is the fortieth studio album by Willie Nelson. It was produced by Don Was, Paul Simon, and Roy Halee. It includes songs written by Paul Simon, Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett, and Nelson himself. Featured performers include David Crosby, Kris Kristofferson, Sinéad O'Connor, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, and Paul Simon.

The title track, "Across the Borderline", was written by Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, and Jim Dickinson. It is a remake of a song by Freddy Fender, which was featured on the motion picture soundtrack for The Border starring Jack Nicholson.

"Don't Give Up" was performed by Nelson with Sinéad O'Connor singing the part sung by Kate Bush on the original Peter Gabriel recording.

Bonnie Raitt duets with Nelson on "Getting Over You".

Nelson and Bob Dylan wrote and performed a new composition, "Heartland", for this album.

Paul Simon duets with Nelson on his composition "American Tune".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Willie Nelson; except where indicated

  1. "American Tune" (Paul Simon)
  2. "Getting Over You" (Stephen Bruton)
  3. "(The) Most Unoriginal Sin" (John Hiatt)
  4. "Don't Give Up" (Peter Gabriel)
  5. "Heartland" (Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson)
  6. "Across the Borderline" (Jim Dickinson, John Hiatt, Ry Cooder)
  7. "Graceland" (Paul Simon)
  8. "Farther Down the Line" (Lyle Lovett)
  9. "Valentine"
  10. "What Was It You Wanted" (Bob Dylan)
  11. "I Love the Life I Live" (Willie Dixon)
  12. "If I Were the Man You Wanted" (Lyle Lovett)
  13. "She's Not for You"
  14. "Still Is Still Moving to Me"


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
Norwegian Albums Chart 4
Canadian Top Country Albums 5
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 15
U.S. Billboard Top 200 75


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Norway (IFPI Norway)[2] Gold 25,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ "IFPI Norsk platebransje Trofeer 1993–2011" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.