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Dead Souls

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 in July 1979 at Central Sound Studios, Manchester
This version released only on Heart and Soul
Recorded in October-November 1979 at Cargo Studios, Rochdale
Originally released on Licht Und Blindheit by Sordide Sentimental
This version released on Still, on Substance and on Permanent
Also released on Heart and Soul and on Best Of Joy Division
Live performance on July 13th 1979 at The Factory released on Heart and Soul
Live performance released from January 18th 1980 at De Effenaar, Eindhoven

Someone take these dreams away
That point me to another day
A duel of personalities
That stretch all true reality
That keep calling me - they keep calling me
Keep on calling me - they keep calling me

When figures from the past stand tall
And mocking voices ring the hall
Imperialistic house of prayer
Conquistadors who took their share
That keep calling me - they keep calling me
Keep on calling me - they keep calling me

The Central Sound version has an extra verse:
Another day - another time
The dreams can't stop or rectify
We're born into a living scene
It draws me in - keeps calling me
Keeps calling me - keeps calling me
Keeps calling me - calling me

Other information
The title Dead Souls was taken from the story by the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol
Cover versions by:Released on:
Bella LuneOphelia (Aetheria Music 2011)
ColourzoneWalk In Line, Walk In Silence (Red Nail Music RNM023 2002)
DecafCeremonial (Mere Mortal MMP-1 1995)
Der Himmel
  Über Berlin
3.5 Decades: A Joy Division Italian Tribute (Darkitalia dar001 2014)
Ein AstronautFire (PMC 2011)
Evi VineA Change Of Speed, A Change Of Style (OVR CD0001 2015)
Garden of DelightThe Hell EP (Dion Fortune BN 499 1996)
Symbol And Vision (Dion Fortune BN 484 1997)
Symbolism Alive (Dion Fortune BN 514 1997)
Heart & SoulSongs of Joy Division (2.47 / Antena Krzyku AK2949 2013)
Honey LangstrumpfWarsaw (El Colectivo Karma 011 1998)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2013)
So This Is Permanence: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2015)
Substance: Live in Manchester (Live Here Now 2016)
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Leeds (Westworld 104 2017)
Closer: Live in Manchester (Westworld 105 2017)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: at Hebden Bridge (Live Here Now 2017)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: Live in Camden (Live Here Now 2017)
KustomizedThe Mystery of Kustomized (Matador 090 1994)
MonoLightHow Close Am I (Halotan HLR-09 2011)
MorendoesBalance (Ego Development 001 1997)
Mos GeneratorThe Firmament (Psychobabble 085 2016)
Nine Inch NailsThe Crow: Original Soundtrack (Atlantic 82519 1994)
The Downward Spiral (East/West AMCY 674 1994)
  (this was a bonus track on the Japanese release)
The Downward Spiral (Interscope 9864728 2005)
  (on the bonus CD included in the Deluxe Edition)
Opium Dream Estate  A Tribute to Joy Division: Shadowplay (Syborgmusic sbm019 2013)
Russ PayCloser Still (Dressed To Kill FUCT354 2000)
Released several times in compilations for digital downloading
(this version appears under several different artists' names)
Trent Reznor and
  Peter Murphy
Radio Sessions 2006 (bootleg/download)
(recorded for Radio Q101 in Chicago in July 2006)
Rosegarden FuneralThese Haunted Hours (own release 1988)
Spiral of SilencedEcAdEnT (Purple Moon PMR006 2002)
Community: A NewOrderOnline Tribute (Retroforward 01 2004)
SundownersSomething About Joy Division (Vox Pop VP3 1989)
The TarpaulinsEmergency Kisses (Medical Records 2006)

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