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Songs and Lyrics

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 May 3rd/4th 1978 at Arrow Studios, Manchester
This version released on Warsaw and on Heart and Soul
Recorded on September 20th 1978 at Granada TV Studios for Granada Reports
Released on compilation video P U N K by Granada TV and Warner in 1992
Recorded in April 1979 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport
This version released on Unknown Pleasures and on Permanent
Also released on Heart and Soul and on Best Of Joy Division
Live performance released from December 18th 1979 at Les Bains Douches, Paris
Live performance released from February 28th 1980 at The Warehouse, Preston
Live performance on May 2nd 1980 at Birmingham University released on Still


To the centre of the city where all roads meet - waiting for you
[or in the Warsaw version: - looking for you]
To the depths of the ocean where all hopes sank - searching for you
I was moving through the silence without motion - waiting for you
In a room with no window in the corner I found truth

In the shadowplay, acting out your own death - knowing no more
As the assassins all grouped in four lines, dancing on the floor
And with cold steel, odour on their bodies, made a move to connect
I could only stare in disbelief as the crowds all left

I did everything, everything I wanted to
I let them use you for their own ends
To the centre of the city in the night - waiting for you
To the centre of the city in the night - waiting for you

Other information
Cover versions by:Released on:
AfterhoursSomething About Joy Division (Vox Pop VP3 1989)
CajaMúsicaTransmitiendo Desde América Del Sur (Licor de Mono 2007)
CarpathianWanderlust EP (Deathwish DW105 2010)
CemeteryCVLT Nation Sessions: Unknown Pleasures (CVLT Nation 2014)
ClockhammerCarrot EP (First Warning 75778 1991)
Dead Sea SurfersDead Sea Surfers (Dead Phish 2009)
Bert DockxTransit (Unday Records 083 2018)
Electric TurmoilWalk In Line, Walk In Silence (Red Nail Music RNM023 2002)
The ElsinoresYou're The One (Karmic Swamp KS14 2012)
Flying HorsemanNavigate (Unday 541416505745 2012)
The FuryAdult Delinquent (own release 2007)
Guerre Froide30 years with(out) Ian Curtis: Transmission (Infrastition Fin056 2010)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
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)
HouseheartsCounting Fifty Problems + Extras (Old 3C 2009)
IkonCeremonial (Mere Mortal MMP-1 1995)
Ceremony (Nile Records 2003 - live unlisted track)
The KillersControl: Original Soundtrack (Warner 5144244782 2007)
Sawdust (American Recordings 1022602 2007)
Tranquilize (Island ISLR 16838 2007)
Performance at Glastonbury in 2007 shown on BBC TV
Control (Momentum Pictures MP640D 2008 - DVD)
(the track is played over the closing credits of the film)
Live at the Royal Albert Hall (Island 13632 2009 - CD/DVD)
Also available on various bootlegs of live performances
ManikinM.4 (Super Secret SSR-011 2004)
Kevin MaxFiefdom of Angels: Side One (Blind Thief Music 2012)
  String Quartet
MSQ Performs Joy Division (Roma Music Group 2017)
Moving UnitsCollision With Joy Division (Lolipop / Flowers of Romance 2017)
My Terminal
  and the Trip
3.5 Decades: A Joy Division Italian Tribute (Darkitalia dar001 2014)
No Sleep
  by the Machine
A Change Of Speed, A Change Of Style (OVR CD0001 2015)
Orchestre RougeDes Restes: Live et Inédits (New Rose OR8183 1984)
Pet CemeteryHalloween Covers EP (Aural Sects 2012)
PhobiaCeremonial (Mere Mortal MMP-1 1995)
RadioaliceA Different Story (Spazio Gerra Produzioni SGP01 2010)
Shadow PlaceOf The Deep End (Restorm 2011)
Silversun PickupsAvailable on bootlegs of live and demo recordings
Super StupidDown (own release 2017)
Tors of DartmoorA Tribute to Joy Division: Shadowplay (Syborgmusic sbm019 2013)
Covered (Best Kept Secret LIE 048 2001)
Venus Fly TrapEuropa (12"/CD - Danceteria DAN 035 1990)
Jewel - Live in Prague (AZYL - CICHR Sound)
Totem (SPV / Big Blue - some releases only)

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