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JoshBa

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Reply with quote  #51 
This is what I think it is (from listening to both the rehearsal and High City Hall recordings, as there is no studio version I guess we'll never truly know the lyrics but am I right in thinking the rehearsal recording was after the High City Hall gig? I know they were booked onto a TV show to perform Ceremony and Heart & Soul before they were supposed to go to America but a TV technician strike cancelled that and they were booked in with Martin Hannett as well so I guess the recording was just before them two.)

This is how the dead unearth me
Would you say the same old story
Notice why the wheels are turning
Turn away and turn towards this time
Listen now the saviours calling
Then again he will see her
Travelled fast but now I'm stopping
Think again, change it's way this time

I'll break them all no mercy shown
Heaven know it's got to get better
Watching her a sinking ship
The times she cried to frail to wake this time

I'll break them all no mercy shown
Heaven knows it's got to be this time
Avenues all lined with trees
Picture me in ten years time watching

Watching forever
Watching forever
Forever
Watching love grow
Forever
Let it be so
Forever
Let it be so
DEV_TCD

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Reply with quote  #52 

Hi everyone, concerning the 'Still' version... it's nothing to do with 10 years. The line is 'Picture me, it's then you start watching' a variation to the lyric on the rehearsal tape version which (I think) is 'Picture friends, and then you start watching'.

As someone has previously said, the lyrics were still being finalised/experimented with by Ian before he died. So we will never know how they would have ended up on the 'next' Joy Division single that never was. I quite like that though, and it is quite interesting and sometimes amusing to see all these different takes on them. 

For me the best version would be a hybrid - using the verse from the tape (which is, of course, open to interpretation - believe me, I've run it through EQ's, slowed it down, sped it up, etc, for hours and hours over the years and will never be sure that it is right), and the  more recent two chorus' from Still. I have my own take on the very end too, I am sure that Ian repeats 'Turning to stone' a few times.

Speak soon [smile]

Dev

 

 

imkc1

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Reply with quote  #53 
The "Still" version, he's saying "For ever," not "forever." It's akin to and/or a derivative of another line from another song: "deep in the heart of/where sympathy held sway."

Annnd....that's as far as that thought got without more coffee lol :-)
imkc1

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Reply with quote  #54 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dmxi
one of ians last gifts for his audience,where any interpretation is open for the pleasure of the listener.pre-interactive music,if you will.he was way ahead of his time in any respect.
I think that is the correct answer. The method is the mystery.
imkc1

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Reply with quote  #55 
Having said that ;-)
It seems to me the second section is
Blah blah blah
Blah blah blah
Blah blah blah
*Dancing* (away?) blah blah

Bear with me, I've not much else to listen to til "Preston" arrives......
imkc1

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Yes it's "dancing away this time" and the last line of the song is "for ever, letting them know."
Absolutely.
Til the next time when it sounds like something else lol.

I love this song :-)
imkc1

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Reply with quote  #57 
Got it now. For sure, of course lol.
Except I'm in completely wrong thread. But carry on anyway!

The first audible lyric is
"I'll break them all no mercy shown
Heaven knows it's got to be somewhere
Avenues (not 'lined with trees,' it's something else but can't understand what)
Got me (?)/Come (?) dancing away(?)/around (?)/awry(?)
Dance and play this time"



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