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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 April 1979 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport
Released on Unknown Pleasures, 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 December 18th 1979 at Les Bains Douches, Paris
Live performance released from February 28th 1980 at The Warehouse, Preston
Live performance on May 2nd 1980 at Birmingham University released on Still

I've been waiting for a guide to come and take me by the hand
Could these sensations make me feel the pleasures of a normal man?
New sensations barely interest me for another day
I've got the spirit, lose the feeling, take the shock away

It's getting faster, moving faster now, it's getting out of hand
On the tenth floor, down the back stairs, it's a no man's land
Lights are flashing, cars are crashing, getting frequent now
I've got the spirit, lose the feeling, let it out somehow

What means to you, what means to me, and we will meet again
I'm watching you, I'm watching her - I take no pity from your friends
Who is right, who can tell, and who gives a damn right now?
Until the spirit, new sensation takes hold - then you know --
[or on all the official live versions:
  I've got the spirit, lose the feeling, let it out somehow --]

I've got the spirit, but lose the feeling, feeling, feeling --

Other information
Cover versions by:Released on:
Bedhead4 song CDEP 19:10 (Trance Syndicate TR29 1994)
Bloody KnivesThe Dark and Cold Sounds (Blog That Celebrates Itself 11 2013)
Cellulite MasterpieceWalk In Line, Walk In Silence (Red Nail Music RNM023 2002)
Charlie TipperNetwork EP (Breaking Down 2017)
The Astonishing Rise of Charlie Tipper (Breaking Down 2018)
ConmutadoresHello (own release 2012)
Cool Kids of DeathCool Kids of Death (Sony/BMG 65943 2005)
Dada's NoiseCorps et Ame (Prikosnovénie PK-007 1995)
D'ArcyDisorder (Ragtimes Music 2013)
DeadeyeAlpha (own release 2008)
DreadlordsCVLT Nation Sessions: Unknown Pleasures (CVLT Nation 2014)
DyliktErik Hansson (own release 2011)
Flying NunsFlying Nuns (EP - Spinning Records 1998)
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)
Gary Young's
The Grey Album (Omnibus omni042 2004)
(also performed live by Gary Young with Pavement)
Jah DivisionDub Will Tear Us Apart (The Social Registry TSR012 2004)
Jon-Rae and the RiverOld Songs for the New Town (Permafrost FROST010 2005)
LovesilkpalemilkYour Skin, Pale As Milk (own release 2013)
  String Quartet
MSQ Performs Joy Division (Roma Music Group 2017)
Moving UnitsCollision With Joy Division (Lolipop / Flowers of Romance 2017)
MufaTransmitiendo Desde América Del Sur (Licor de Mono 2007)
Los PlanetasWarsaw (El Colectivo Karma 011 1998)
PsycheDisorder (own release - 7" limited edition 2007)
Until the Shadows (Metropolis 80602 2009)
A Change Of Speed, A Change Of Style (OVR CD0001 2015)
(this is a bonus track on the download version of the album)
Schonwald3.5 Decades: A Joy Division Italian Tribute (Darkitalia dar001 2014)
Shock TherapyCall on the Dark, Vol 1 (Nuclear Blast 6233 1997)
The Past Life (Dossier DCD 9095 1999)
That Summer and
30 years with(out) Ian Curtis: Transmission (Infrastition Fin056 2010)
Trio RiotTrio Riot (Efpi Records FP015 2014)
The TubsBalance (Ego Development 001 1997)
The ValkyriansPunkrocksteady (Stupido / Pork Pie 125 2011)
Year of No LightStill Alive In Our Minds (Temples of Noise 2008)

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