I believe Borderlines to be the best song I’ve written, and probably the biggest under-achiever after being performed just a few times since 2009. As a 4 piece band in 2010 it was rarely played live and mostly left out of our set, but I always felt it meant something important to me. I think the Graystar project is, at heart, comfortable with being on the fringes of things, even if ignored and in obscurity, and for me Borderlines is a mirror of that spirit. It is also important to me because of the subject matter; the stigma and discrimination, the struggle for understanding and acceptance that many with mental health problems face is an often ignored issue in our society.
Jon Oswalt played the drums on the track in 2010, he’s a great drummer and I’m glad we recorded them so I could build the song. There’s a tiny sample from the film “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest” in there, I’ve always been a huge admirer of that great movie. Perhaps one day I’ll get to play it live again.