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Songs and Lyrics
Exercise One

This page contains the following information about this Joy Division song:
  • details of every known studio recording and every 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 January 31st 1979 at BBC Studios, Maida Vale for John Peel
Released on First Peel Session and on Peel Sessions album
Also released on Heart and Soul and on Complete BBC Recordings
Recorded in April 1979 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport
This version released on Still and on Heart and Soul

When you're looking at life in a strange new room
Maybe drowning soon - is this the start of it all?
Turn on your TV - turn down your pulse
[or in the Peel version: "Turn down your TV"]
Turn away from it all - it's all getting too much

When you're looking at life, deciphering scars
Just who fooled who, sit still in their cars
The lights look bright when you reach outside
Time for one last ride before the end of it all

Other information
Cover versions by:Released on:
AgataA Different Story (Spazio Gerra Produzioni SGP01 2010)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
So This Is Permanence: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2015)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: at Hebden Bridge (Live Here Now 2017)
National RazorStem of Thorns (Silent Scream SSR-003 1993)
Piano MagicRecorded in concert in 2002 for Planet Claire radio
South Of No NorthFell Frozen (Dead Scarlet 2007)
Theresa LynnThe Crucible (own release 1988)

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