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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 on January 31st 1979 at BBC Studios, Maida Vale for John Peel
Released on First Peel Session, Peel Sessions album and Complete BBC Recordings
Recorded on March 4th 1979 at Eden Studios, London for Genetic Records
This version released only on Heart and Soul
Recorded in April 1979 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport
Released on Unknown Pleasures and on Heart and Soul
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

Guess the dreams always end
They don't rise up just descend
But I don't care anymore
I've lost the will to want more
I'm not afraid - not at all
I watch them all as they fall
But I remember when we were young

Those with habits of waste
Their sense of style and good taste
Of making sure you were right
Hey, don't you know you were right?
I'm not afraid anymore
I keep my eyes on the door
But I remember --

Tears of sadness for you
More upheaval for you
Reflects a moment in time
A special moment in time
Yeah, we wasted our time
We didn't really have time
But we remember when we were young

And all God's angels beware
And all you judges beware
Sons of chance take good care
For all the people out there
I'm not afraid anymore
I'm not afraid anymore

Other information
Cover versions by:Released on:
AntipoleNorthern Flux (Unknown Pleasures UPR076 2017)
Charles De Goal30 years with(out) Ian Curtis: Transmission (Infrastition Fin056 2010)
FurtherA Means To An End (Virgin 40660-2 1995)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
1102 / 2011 (Haçienda Records HAC 014 2011)
  (this and some other releases feature the voice of Rowetta)
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)
Malanima3.5 Decades: A Joy Division Italian Tribute (Darkitalia dar001 2014)
Moving UnitsCollision With Joy Division (Flowers of Romance FOR001 2017)
Old WitchCVLT Nation Sessions: Unknown Pleasures (CVLT Nation 2014)
The PerrisA Different Story (Spazio Gerra Produzioni SGP01 2010)
ProcesionTransmitiendo Desde América Del Sur (Licor de Mono 2007)
TroubleNobody Laughs Anymore (GMM 147 1998)
Whirlpool HeartBobby Stokes Salutes The Fall Of Manchester (Ambition 1991)

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