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The Kill

This page contains the following information about this Joy Division song
(which is a totally different song from the later one with the same name):
  • details of every known studio recording and every official release;
  • my transcription of the song lyrics, noting any significant variations.
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Track history
Recorded on July 18th 1977 at Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham
Originally intended as a demo, but eventually released on Warsaw


Life can be skewed - good things are nice
Counting on you - really no threats
The waiting is through - deciphering the scars
Just who fooled who - sit still in their cars
It's another, 'nother, 'nother, 'nother kill --

I can smell through you - your talking's a lie
They turn on to you, before they say "die"
Wrapped in your trunk - to reach out the safe case
So I can detect - the longer it's taking
It's another, 'nother, 'nother, 'nother kill --

Dangerous cues - set by distraction
Deprived of all use, nor in satisfaction
Total destruction - the worst ever met
Kept in apartment - sublimely for you

Who's got the front stage, to keep you in rocks?
Who's got the vision, that puts in the locks?
Loss of all resource - forced into your head
Just that it was - whacked into the air
It's another, 'nother, 'nother, 'nother kill --

Other information
The original Warsaw demo session included Steve Brotherdale on drums

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