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Songs and Lyrics
Something Must Break

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  • 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 in July 1979 at Central Sound Studios, Manchester
This version released only on Heart and Soul
Recorded in July-August 1979 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport
Released on Still, on Permanent and on Heart and Soul

Two ways to choose - on a razor's edge
Remain behind - go straight ahead
Room full of people - room just for one
I can't break out now - the time just won't come

Two ways to choose - which way to go
Decide for me - please let me know
Looked in the mirror - saw I was wrong
If I could get back to where I belong
Where I belong

Two ways to choose - which way to go
Had thoughts for one - designs for both
If we were immortal - we were not there
Washed up on the beaches - struggling for air

I see your face still in my window
Torments yet calms - won't set me free
Something must break now - this life isn't mine
Something must break now - wait for the time
Something must break

Other information
Cover versions by:Released on:
AinSophAur30 years with(out) Ian Curtis: Transmission (Infrastition Fin056 2010)
Crooked NecksSomething Must Break (Handmade Birds HB-WLS023 2011)
DazibaoComplete Works 1983-1993 (Infrastition Fin050 2010)
Die WerkpilotenGerman Punk & Wave 1978-1984 (Vinyl On Demand 82 2011)
Escape With Romeo  Autumn on Venus (Sound Factory 65104 1989)
How Far Can You Go? (Sound Factory 1998)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
So This Is Permanence: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2015)
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Leeds (Westworld 104 2017)
JawboxGrippe (Dischord 52 1991)
Lord SicknessWarsaw (El Colectivo Karma 011 1998)
Starcontrol3.5 Decades: A Joy Division Italian Tribute (Darkitalia dar001 2014)
Tres CuervosTransmitiendo Desde América Del Sur (Licor de Mono 2007)

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