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New Dawn Fades

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 released from January 11th 1980 at the Paradiso, Amsterdam
Live performance on May 2nd 1980 at Birmingham University released on Still

A change of speed, a change of style
A change of scene, with no regrets
A chance to watch, admire the distance
Still occupied, though you forget
Different colours, different shades
Over each mistakes were made - I took the blame
Directionless, so plain to see
A loaded gun won't set you free - so you say

We'll share a drink and step outside
An angry voice and one who cried
We'll give you everything and more
[or in the Still and Paradiso live versions:
  Oh, I'll give you everything and more]
The strain's too much - can't take much more
Oh, I've walked on water, run through fire
Can't seem to feel it anymore
[or in the Still and Paradiso live versions:
  Oh, I've walked on water, danced through fire
  Can't seem to take it anymore]
It was me-ee, waiting for me
Hoping for something more
Me-ee, seeing me this time
Hoping for something else

Other information
Cover versions by:Released on:
AlmansoCommunity 2: A NewOrderOnline Tribute (Retroforward 03 2006)
The Ancient GallerydEINSTALLATIOn (Noiseworks 2001)
Anno DominiBalance (Ego Development 001 1997)
Fernando BaesTransmitiendo Desde América Del Sur (Licor de Mono 2007)
The Baseball FieldRecorded but not released commercially
Big RichardSurreal Headache (Begging Dog BD4 1997)
Binary Test RecordHomebrew Vol 2 (Buttmunch BUT013 1997)
  of the Impossible
Tree Eater Licky Licky (Cabimat 1994)
Crooked NecksSomething Must Break (Handmade Birds HB-WLS023 2011)
Shamus DarkThrough a Glass Darkly (Bunker Media 2019)
Dead EmotionOf Beauty And Madness (own release 2010)
The Dead JetsonsThe Lost Tapes (own release? 1990)
Deathcamp ProjectWell-Known Pleasures (Vision Music CDVM061 2008)
Also available on various bootlegs of live performances
DisciplinathaPrimigenia (Dischi del Mulo 1996)
DissonanceVoid (Hakatak HAK7037 2017)
EulogyDawn of Decades (Liberation Through Hearing 2000)
Evil Flying ChickensBipolar Generation (Pointy Little Heads CDR-005 2009)
John FruscianteAvailable on various bootlegs of live performances
GlassWalk In Line, Walk In Silence (Red Nail Music RNM023 2002)
GodlesstateA Change Of Speed, A Change Of Style (OVR CD0001 2015)
GothicaK:goth - the Goth Issue Vol 1 (Kronic 2003)
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)
In A Lonely PlaceUnit 731 (Burnt Toast Vinyl btv024 2000)
In My Mind (own release 2014)
The InstrumentsJoy Division Covers (Happy Happy Birthday To Me 086 2007)
KilltechKilltech Inc (ERL Records 4)
Jolanta Kossakowska  Warszawa: Tribute To Joy Division (Kuka KR001CD 2007)
The Last DanceCeremonial (Mere Mortal MMP-1 1995)
The Last HourThe Last Hour EP (Intuition INT28005 2008)
Massive AttackPassion of Covers, Vol. 10 (Metropolis 2006)
MobyFeeling So Real (Elektra 66180 / Mute CDMUTE173 1994)
All That I Need Is To Be Loved (Elektra SOL-457 1994)
A Means To An End (Virgin 40660-2 1995)
Music from the Motion Picture Heat (Warner 46144 1995)
I Like To Score (Elektra 62094 / Mute CDSTUMM168 1997)
Animal Rights (Elektra AMCY-2069 1997 Japanese release)
Also performed in a TV concert for the BBC in Oct 2000
Moby & New Order 24 Hour Party People (London 0927-44930-2 2002)
The NamesNightshift: Live at Plan K (Les Temps Modernes 2522 2008)
  (bonus track on DVD of live concert recordings)
Nerve ExhibitLove's Shattered Pride (Failure To Communicate 2005)
Neutral DropLost Love and Broken Dreams (own release 2007)
Never MindNew Dawn Fades (Pam Productions PAM 701 1990)
New OrderAvailable on various bootlegs of live performances
The Nine Tears3.5 Decades: A Joy Division Italian Tribute (Darkitalia dar001 2014)
Pinkish BlackCVLT Nation Sessions: Unknown Pleasures (CVLT Nation 2014)
Rheinallt H Rowlands Triskedekaphilia (Ankst CD 061 1995)
Rheinallt III (Ankst CD 095 2001)
The Sight BelowIt All Falls Apart (Ghostly International GI-102 2010)
Silo String QuartetTribute to New Order and Joy Division (Vitamin 8451 2003)
Strange FruitWarsaw (El Colectivo Karma 011 1998)
They LiveTime To Go (Drink Blood 2011)
Toxic HolocaustToxic Holocaust / Oprichniki split (own release 2001)
  (this track appears on the cassette version only)
Waiting For WordsThe Best Years of Our Lives (Foundry 2015)

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