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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 March 1980 at Britannia Row Studios, Islington, London
Released on Closer and on Heart and Soul
Live performance on May 2nd 1980 at Birmingham University released on Still

Here are the young men, a weight on their shoulders
Here are the young men - well where have they been?
We knocked on doors of Hell's darker chambers
Pushed to the limits, we dragged ourselves in

Watched from the wings as the scenes were replaying
We saw ourselves now as we never had seen
Portrayal of the traumas and degeneration
The sorrows we suffered and never were free
Where have they been --

Weary inside, now our heart's lost forever
Can't replace the fear or the thrill of the chase
These rituals showed up the door for our wanderings
Opened and shut, then slammed in our face
Where have they been --

Other information
Cover versions by:Released on:
Antic ClayHilarious Death Blues (Furnace Songs/Stickfigure 2007)
Carcrash International  Art of Gothic (Talitha SATE 12 1994)
Clair ObscurWe Gave a Party for the Gods ... (Optical Sound OS50 2009)
30 years with(out) Ian Curtis: Transmission (Infrastition Fin056 2010)
Clan of XymoxKindred Spirits (Trisol TRI 461 / Metropolis MET 832 2012)
Comic SpoilersSomething About Joy Division (Vox Pop VP3 1989)
Der Blaue ReiterA Change Of Speed, A Change Of Style (OVR CD0001 2015)
Heart & SoulSongs of Joy Division (2.47 / Antena Krzyku AK2949 2013)
Hearts FailLove's Shattered Pride (Failure To Communicate 2005)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2013)
So This Is Permanence: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2015)
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)
Human DramaPin-Ups (Triple X 51142 1993)
The InstrumentsJoy Division Covers (Happy Happy Birthday To Me 086 2007)
Jonteknik & FriendsAlternative Arrangements (The People's Electric 2018)
Steen JørgensenStandards For Living (Mermaid MR0055 2013)
KismetDamjan's War (Paritor 1995)
Love Like BloodChronology of a Love Affair (Hall of Sermon 7074 2001)
Nau EnsembleThe Eternal (Atrium 22108 1999)
NeivDecades (MISMA 2014)
3.5 Decades: A Joy Division Italian Tribute (Darkitalia dar001 2014)
NeonbirdsIgnition's Cold, Oxygen's Pale (Substitute 2011)
New OrderElectric Funeral (Ode To Joy 1987 - bootleg)
  (live from the Royal Festival Hall in 1984)
Plan ESongs for a Rainy Day (Root of All Evil ROE-010 1999)
Rheinallt H RowlandsRecorded in a radio session broadcast on Radio Cymru
Rule of ThirdsCVLT Nation Sessions: Closer (CVLT Nation 2015)
Theatre of TragedyBalance (Ego Development 001 1997)
A Rose for the Dead (Massacre CD0130 1997)
TV DelventreA Different Story (Spazio Gerra Produzioni SGP01 2010)

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