Borderline

Album: The Slow Rush (2019)

Songfacts®:

  • This song finds a vulnerable Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker grappling with a stormy relationship

    We're on the borderline
    Caught between the tides of pain and rapture
    Possibly a sign
    I'm gonna have the strangest night on Sunday


    The relationship has bought to the surface feelings of self-doubt. Parker asks:

    Will I be known and loved?
    Is there one that I trust?
    Starting to sober up
    Has it been long enough?


    Parker told The New York Times that he typically needs to feel down on himself before he's ready to come up with material for Tame Impala. "Part of the thing about me starting an album is that I have to feel kind of worthless again to want to make music. I started making music when I was a kid as a way of feeling better about myself," Parker said. "The ironic thing is, if I'm feeling on top of the world or feeling confident or like everything's good, I don't have the urge to make music."
  • Tame Impala debuted "Borderline" when they performed on the March 30, 2019 episode of Saturday Night Live. The Australian band also played their track "Patience" on the show.
  • Months after debuting "Borderline" on Saturday Night Live, Parker was still working on the song. Ahead of the release of The Slow Rush, he still hadn't finished the track to his satisfaction.

    "Honestly, I believe that I kind of just ran out of time making it," Parker told Triple J's Lucy Smith. "I was so in my own head about the song. The way I describe it, is the way it sounds now is the way I was hearing it when I released it the first time. For me, the drums sounded just heaps more hard-hitting. There were just things that I could hear in the song that I didn't realize no one else could."

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