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Songs and Lyrics

This page contains the following information about this Joy Division song:
  • details of every known studio recording and every official release;
  • details of any live performances which appear on an official release;
  • my transcription of the song lyrics, noting any significant variations;
  • known cover versions by other artists, and any other interesting facts.
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Track history
Recorded on April 1979 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport
Released on Unknown Pleasures and on Heart and Soul
Recorded on June 4th 1979 at Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham for Piccadilly Radio
This version was released only on Heart and Soul
Live performance on July 13th 1979 at The Factory released on Heart and Soul

Forced by the pressure - the territory's marked
No longer the pleasure - I've since lost the heart
Corrupted from memory - no longer the power
It's creeping up slowly, that last fatal hour
Oh I don't know what made me, what gave me the right
To mess with your values and change wrong to right

Please keep your distance - the trail leads to here
There's blood on your fingers, brought on by fear
I campaigned for nothing - I worked hard for this
I tried to get to you - you treat me like this
It's just second nature - it's what we've been shown
We're living by your rules - that's all that we know
I tried to get to you - oh how I tried to get to you

On the Heart and Soul live and Piccadilly Radio versions
  only the first four lines of each verse are sung

Other information
Cover versions by:Released on:
Anderson, Pearson,  
  Riley, Treadaway
Control (Momentum Pictures MP640D 2008 - DVD)
(performed by the actors playing Joy Division in the film)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Australia (Pylon 20/21 2011)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2013)
So This Is Permanence: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2015)
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Leeds (Westworld 104 2017)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: at Hebden Bridge (Live Here Now 2017)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: Live in Camden (Live Here Now 2017)
TheologianCVLT Nation Sessions: Unknown Pleasures (CVLT Nation 2014)
Winter Severity Index  3.5 Decades: A Joy Division Italian Tribute (Darkitalia dar001 2014)

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