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Vixen - Edge Of A Broken Heart - Meaning of the song


In this kiss-off song, the girl has decided she's finally through with her man, who has kept her on the edge of a broken heart. The song was written by Richard Marx along with The Tubes' lead singer, Fee Waybill. Marx had recently released his first album, but had been songwriting for years, contributing on tracks for Kenny Rogers and David Foster. He also co-wrote "Who Loves You Baby" for Waybill's 1984 solo album, Read My Lips. "During my first tour, my then-manager, Allen Kovac, signed Vixen, partly because they were on the same label as me, EMI. So, he wanted to take on this all-female 'heavy metal band.' They were considered heavy metal, but they were a real rock band. He called me while I was on the road, and he said, 'We've got two days coming up where you're off and not doing shows. I hate to ask you this, but I'm managing this band. We've got a really good album, but we don't have a first single.' He sent me a couple of the tracks on the record, and I loved the sound of the band, but I was really impressed with the singer, Janet Gardner. I thought she was incredible. It was inspiring for me. I thought, 'I'd love to write a song for her voice.' So, I wrote the music really quickly, and I was under the gun. I write music really quickly, and lyrics take me a long time sometimes. So really, out of just the expedience factor, I called Fee, who writes really fast, and brilliantly. I sent him a work tape of the song, and I had the title. I sang that bit - I been living on the edge of a broken heart - and he just ran with it, and finished the lyrics. I think two weeks later, they asked me to produce it, as well. So, I had one day off from tour, I flew to LA, we cut the record, and it became a hit."


Edge Of A Broken Heart - Lyrics


I can't believe I could've been so blind, but love is strange

I thought about it for a long, long time, but the truth remains

I don't need another lonely night to dry my tears

The answer's plain as black and white, and I can see the picture very clear...


I've been livin' on the edge of a broken heart

I don't wanna fall, I don't wanna crawl

I've been livin' on the edge of a broken heart

Don't you wonder why, I gotta say goodbye!


It isn't like you never had the chance to change your tune

Did you think that I'm a dime a dance, well the dance is through

I've been doing things your way too long, well, baby that's over! (Baby that's over)

It won't be easy, but I gotta be strong, and if I wanna cry I won't need your shoulder


I've been livin' on the edge of a broken heart

I don't wanna fall, I don't wanna crawl

I've been livin' on the edge of a broken heart

Don't you wonder why, I gotta say goodbye!


I'll find someone else, who's nothing like you

And two can play the game as well

And you're gonna be sorry, baby, when it's over!


I've been doing things your way too long, baby that's over! (Baby that's over)

It won't be easy, but I got to be strong, and if I wanna cry I won't need your shoulder


I've been livin' on the edge of a broken heart

I don't wanna fall, I don't wanna crawl

I've been livin' on the edge of a broken heart

Don't you wonder why, I gotta say goodbye!

I've been living on the edge of a broken heart

I've been living on the edge of a broken heart

Don't you wonder why, I gotta say goodbye!

I've been living on the edge of a broken heart


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