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When Kirk wonders where he went, the voice of the Guardian explains " He has passed into… what was… ". Uhura suddenly discovers that she's completely lost contact with the Enterprise. Scott finds nothing wrong with the communicators , but the Guardian further explains that " Your vessel, your beginning, all that you knew is gone. Uhura tells Kirk she's frightened, but, Kirk is equally as disturbed.

The tricorder scans Spock took just as McCoy left reveal that he jumped back to the early 20th century and can approximate when they should jump through the portal, putting them possibly a month or a week prior to McCoy's arrival. Kirk wonders how they will return to the their own time, but the Guardian tells him that if he is successful in mending the timeline, they will all be returned, as if none of them had gone.

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Scott and Uhura are skeptical about their chances, but Spock logically states that there is no alternative. Kirk, however, out of concern for his officers, tells each of the landing party to jump through the portal if they feel like they've waited long enough for he and Spock to return, allowing them to live in Earth's past rather than be stranded on the Guardian's planet should they fail to find the time date McCoy jumped to. Scott and Uhura bid them good luck as Kirk and Spock simultaneously jump through the portal, backwards through time.

They arrive in New York City , circa Kirk recognizes the period from old photographs , which Spock clarifies that an economic upheaval had occurred at this point in time. As passersby scrutinize Kirk and Spock's unusual appearance, they make for a back alley to get out of sight. Kirk notices some contemporary clothes on a fire escape and elects to steal them, as their Starfleet uniforms are not suited for the time period.

However, they are approached by a police officer , caught red-handed. As Kirk awkwardly tries to explain Spock's Vulcan ears, the policeman prepares to arrest them. However, Spock disables him with a nerve pinch and they escape to the basement of what they soon learn is the 21st Street Mission. After changing clothes, Spock laments that locked in his tricorder are the images of how McCoy will change history.

Unfortunately, he would need to tie it into the Enterprise computer to access the information. Kirk wonders if he could build a computer aid using contemporary materials, but, Spock is dubious as to its success. As their voices carry, they are accosted by the proprietor of the mission, Edith Keeler. Kirk apologizes for their intrusion and tells her the truth as to why they came down there — that they had stolen their clothes because they had no money and were being chased by a policeman.

Believing them to be victims of the poor economy, Edith offers them jobs at the mission doing chores at fifteen cents an hour for ten hours a day. Kirk and Spock agree and set to cleaning up the basement. Hours later, they are eating their complimentary dinner of soup and bread with the other poverty-stricken citizens, when Keeler takes the stage and gives a motivational speech about how she believes the days ahead are worth living for, theorizing that one day soon, man will be able to harness the power of the atom , which could ultimately propel them into outer space, where they will be able to find ways to feed the hungry millions of the world, to cure their diseases, and give mankind hope and a common future.

Kirk is impressed with her foresight into the future, while Spock believes it to be merely intuition.

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Afterwards, Keeler compliments Kirk on his and Spock's work in the basement and offers them further work and sets them up with a " flop " an apartment in the building where she lives. Several days later, Spock is hard at work attempting to build the computer aid to access the information in his tricorder, but he laments the speed at which the work is progressing as the technology of the 20th century is barely adequate for his needs. The next day, Spock observes a man using tools for finely detailed work and steals them from the mission's toolbox using his sensitive Vulcan ears to break the combination.

Keeler quickly discovers the theft and is very upset that Spock did it, but Kirk is able to convince her that Spock meant no ill will, and would return the tools when he was finished. Edith agrees, as she has become fascinated by Kirk, and asks him to walk her home. The two become close as Keeler questions where Kirk comes from and how he sees the world the same way that she does. As they walk away, Spock looks concerned.

After a few more days, Spock is finally able to access the information in the tricorder, where he discovers Edith Keeler's obituary — her death the result of a traffic accident.

As Kirk enters, he attempts to replay it for him, but another image appears — a newspaper article from , detailing a meeting Keeler has with President Franklin D. Unfortunately, the strain on the computer aid overloads it, requiring extensive repair work before it can be used again. Kirk believes within six years, Keeler will become nationally famous, but Spock tells Kirk their caretaker will die this year. Spock tells Kirk of Keeler's obituary, and that Edith Keeler is the focal point in time that both they and Dr. McCoy will be drawn to. Kirk ponders what the correct course of history is, if she lives or dies and what role McCoy, especially in his cordrazine-induced condition will play in it — does he kill her or prevent her from being killed?

Spock asks Kirk the most pressing question of all: Suppose they discover to set history right, Edith Keeler must die? Kirk cannot answer and he wrestles with his growing affection for her and the role she will ultimately play in history. In a back alley elsewhere in the city, Dr. McCoy arrives, screaming out to the "assassins" and the "murderers", garnering the attention of a homeless man , awestruck with fear. He runs, but McCoy pursues him, promising he won't kill him. He eventually catches up to him, but, McCoy soon wonders where he is.

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The constellations in the sky lead him to believe that he's on Earth, but, even in his manic state, he believes it's some kind of trick. He begins sobbing hysterically at how hospitals in the past needed to use needles and sutures to attend to people and loses consciousness. The derelict picks McCoy's pocket and takes his phaser. Unfortunately, as he examines it, he activates the overload circuit and disintegrates himself. The next morning, McCoy looks in terrible shape. As he staggers around the streets, still suffering the effects of his cordrazine overdose, he discovers the 21st Street Mission.

He goes inside, where Edith is serving coffee. She notices his condition and offers to help, but he says he must not be found, so she takes him to a cot in the back room where he won't be disturbed. As they depart, Spock takes over for her pouring the coffee, missing McCoy by only a few seconds. Shortly thereafter, Spock is able to repair the computer aid and accesses the tricorder again. According to the scans taken from the time vortex , Spock is convinced that McCoy prevented Edith Keeler's death in a traffic accident as she was meant to in the "correct" timeline.

As the peace negotiations dragged on, Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany had time to complete their heavy water experiments, allowing them to develop the atomic bomb first, with which Germany conquered the world. Spock tells Kirk they must stop McCoy. Kirk wonders when she has to die, but, Spock informs him that while they can extrapolate general events, they cannot pinpoint exact movements at exact time.

Kirk, his heart already breaking, tells Spock that he believes he is in love with Edith Keeler. Spock grimly reminds Kirk: "Edith Keeler must die. McCoy regains consciousness, almost fully recovered now, with Keeler at his bedside. While it appears to him that he's back on Earth around or '25, Keeler asks him if he would care to try for McCoy introduces himself to her, and declares that he is the chief medical officer aboard the USS Enterprise.

Keeler, believing him to be speaking of a naval vessel, tells him that he's hardly wearing a navy uniform and dismisses his claim as part of his condition. Noting the peculiar way he speaks of present-day for her Earth, she asks McCoy if she would like to meet her friend who seems to talk the same way, but McCoy is not interested.

Later, at their apartment building, Kirk approaches Keeler on the staircase. As she goes to meet him, she stumbles. Kirk, reflexively, catches her before she can fall. Spock witnesses this and after Kirk and Keeler part for the moment, Spock reminds him that she might have died had Kirk not caught her. Kirk, his voice vacant, dismisses it by saying " It's not yet time. McCoy's not here.

He reminds Kirk that if he saves her life, " Millions will die who did not die before. In the evening hours, McCoy is now fully restored to health thanks to Keeler's ministrations. As he drinks a cup of coffee, he offers to help out around the mission to thank her for saving his life. Keeler tells him they can discuss it later as she has to leave, her gentleman caller is taking her to see a Clark Gable movie.

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McCoy doesn't know who Clark Gable is, but he knows what a movie is, which she finds very strange and bids him good night. Spock exits the mission as Kirk and Keeler do. As they cross the street, hand in hand, Keeler mentions the idea of seeing the Clark Gable movie. Kirk questions who's she's talking about and Keeler makes an offhand comment about how Dr. McCoy had the same reaction. Kirk, immediately, jumps to attention and asks her if she's talking about Leonard McCoy. She confirms that she is and Kirk tells her to wait on the sidewalk for him as he calls out to Spock.

They dash back to the mission as Dr.


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McCoy exits from it. The three embrace in relief at finally being reunited. Keeler, watching from the other side of the street, begins to cross to see what is going on as a large truck turns the nearby corner and speeds down the street. Kirk notices her approaching and the oncoming truck and tries to warn her, but Spock yells out: " No, Jim! McCoy, oblivious to what the ramifications are, begins to run out to help her, but Kirk holds him back as the truck slams on its brakes and strikes Edith.

She is killed instantly. Kirk, his eyes clenched in grief, cannot bear to look as passersby scurry into the street and surround Edith Keeler's lifeless body. He's basically ignoring her for the adoration of his fans. In the refrain she is saything that when they are together without the distraction of anyone else and intimate her room , she still feels that he internalizes the feelings the fans of The Fall have towards her. And she wishes that he would just ignore them and love her as a wife.

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When he leaves the crowd a "million hearts break too soon Second verse works a clever play on the bands name, The Fall, into the lyrics. She feels as though all of the things she has done to help the band have been misinterpreted by the fans - who are saying mean things about her and what she's done to the Fall.


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However, he can't or won't do or say anything to defend or comfort her publicly - he's wedded to the band. And she doesn't feel that she can seek comfort from anyone else because they wouldn't understand her situation. This is followed by the refrain again. But included in the refrain is " She wants him to stop treating her like a child in the relationship and tell him what's going on with him.

What he's thinking, what he's feeling And then something different. A lot of sites including this one don't display the stream of consciousness lyrics that follow and they are hard to separate from the music, but they go something like this: A Southern Sky Breeze is so Wild The Bridge is so lonely The reasons said I Feeling so hurt I'm talkin' about, a two hearts Beating as one now forever I think these lyrics address the heart of the song - she wants a traditional man and wife partnership, a marriage.

Maybe without kids, but definitely more than the "professional" and artistic relationship that she feels they currently have. And though they are married, he's committed to his band The Fall , it's fans and there's only so much he can give her. The verse 'The Bridge is so lonely Cut to the refrain one more time The title is interesting and probably comes from the fact that the woman in the song has almost everything she ever wanted; she's married, she's successful, she's in love.

She only needs his commitment and love for her "forever". Smith divorced in I used a lot of sources looking up this stuff We'll probably never know for sure Hoops McCann. Rate These Lyrics. Log in now to add this track to your mixtape! We do not have any tags for Edge Of Forever lyrics. Why not add your own? Log in to add a tag. More Dream Academy Lyrics. SongMeanings is a place for discussion and discovery. User does not exist. Incorrect Password. Remember Me.