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The Eternal

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
Live performance released from February 28th 1980 at The Warehouse, Preston
(this version, even with its PA problems, is more interesting than later recordings)
Live performance on February 29th 1980 at The Lyceum released on Heart and Soul
Recorded in March 1980 at Britannia Row Studios, Islington, London
This version released on Closer and on Heart and Soul

Procession moves on, the shouting is over
Praise to the glory of loved ones now gone
Talking aloud as they sit round their tables
Scattering flowers washed down by the rain

Stood by the gate at the foot of the garden
Watching them pass like clouds in the sky
Try to cry out in the heat of the moment
Possessed by a fury that burns from inside

Cry like a child, though these years make me older
With children my time is so wastefully spent
Burden to keep, though their inner communion
Accept like a curse an unlucky deal

Played by the gate at the foot of the garden
My view stretches out from the fence to the wall
No words could explain, no actions determine
Just watching the trees and the leaves as they fall

Other information
Cover versions by:Released on:
Baba YagaSorrow, Neglect, Pestilence (own release 2008)
Crooked NecksSomething Must Break (Handmade Birds HB-WLS023 2011)
FlormalevaTransmitiendo Desde América Del Sur (Licor de Mono 2007)
Heart & SoulSongs of Joy Division (2.47 / Antena Krzyku AK2949 2013)
Hide & Seek30 years with(out) Ian Curtis: Transmission (Infrastition Fin056 2010)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
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)
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)
Kings of Convenience  Failure: Part 2 (Source SOURCDX036 2001)
(this was the version recorded when in Skog - see below)
Kirlian CameraSolaris: The Last Corridor (Discordia DISC 027 1995)
Odyssey Europa (Out Of Line OUT 375 2009)
A Change Of Speed, A Change Of Style (OVR CD0001 2015)
(this is a bonus track on the download version of the album)
Merciful NunsAncient Astronauts EP (Solar Lodge SL 008 2011)
A Change Of Speed, A Change Of Style (OVR CD0001 2015)
NachtmystiumAs Made (Century Media 7" 2012)
Nau EnsembleThe Eternal (Atrium 22108 1999)
Nid3.5 Decades: A Joy Division Italian Tribute (Darkitalia dar001 2014)
Russ PayCloser Still (Dressed To Kill FUCT354 2000)
Released several times in compilations for digital downloading
(this version appears under several different artists' names)
Grant-Lee PhillipsNineteeneighties (Zoë 1066 / Cooking Vinyl 380 2006)
SannhetCVLT Nation Sessions: Closer (CVLT Nation 2015)
Shadow LightCeremonial (Mere Mortal MMP-1 1995)
SkogBalance (Ego Development 001 1997)
SweetwaterWarsaw (El Colectivo Karma 011 1998)

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