will tear us apart, cant audio 002, June 2003



section 1, 9m22s


last strings (+ reverse, 55-100%), swinging rope, begin at the end


to the start, drums, banging of head against wall


church


ringing phone: buzzcocks no reply


"a lot of your songs are kind of depressing" (interviewer to new order, irish radio, 1986)


verses in reverse order, chorus-less:


and ambitions are low


just can't function no more


that something so good


as desperation takes hold


and there's a taste in my mouth


all my failings exposed


do you cry out in your sleep


that we've kept through our lives


yet there's still this appeal


our respect run so dry


is my timing that flawed


you've turned away on your side


why is the bedroom so cold


taking different roads


and we're changing our ways


but emotions won't grow


and resentment rides high


and ambitions are low


and resentment rides high


but emotions won't grow


and resentment won't grow


but emotions are low


but emotions won't grow


but emotions are low


learning the keyboard


ringtone (100-80%) here


scratches from johnnny thunders can't put your arms around a memory 12", 1978


strings and fake applause


new order cover (95-87%), queens university, belfast, 1986, available here


sex pistols god save the queen


slow it down! false start, keyboard mastered


ringtone (100-20%)



section 2, 9m22s


the cure cover version (100%), available here


plate 6 cover version (96-98%), available here


will tear us apart: william burroughs, public enemy, beach boys, bruce springsteen


ecstatics cover version (85%, verses & chorus removed), available here


missy elliott (cut to blue monday drum pattern), uncut original here


will tear us apart: ivor cutler


will tear us apart: kurt & courtney (hole malibu)


10,000 maniacs cover version, old main inn, new york, 1982 (100%, verses & chorus removed), available here


will tear us apart: bruce springsteen (verses re-ordered)



section 3, 5m37s


first new order version, Tower Ballroom, Birmingham, 9th May 1983 on the anniversary of Curtis' death (reverse, verses & chorus removed, 72%). Audio available here


will tear us apart: bruce springteen my father's house 1982


last night i dreamed that i was a child


out where the pines grow wild and tall


i was trying to make it home through the forest


before the darkness fell


i heard the wind rustling


through the trees


and ghostly voices


rose from the fields


i ran with my heart pounding


down that broken path


with the devil snapping at my heels


i broke through the trees and there in the night


my father's house stood shining hard and


bright the branches and brambles tore my


clothes and scratched my arms


but i ran till i fell shaking in his arms


i awoke and imagined the hard things that pulled us apart


will never again sir tear us from each other's hearts


i got dressed and to that house i did ride from


out on the road i could see its windows shining in light


i walked up the steps and stood on the porch


a woman i didn't recognise came and spoke to me through a chained door


i told her my story and who i'd come for


she said: "i'm sorry son but no one by that name lives here anymore"


my father's house shines hard and bright


it stands like a beacon calling me in the night


calling and calling so cold and alone


shining cross this dark highway where our sins lie unatoned



section 4, 3m15s


reworking produced in 2002 as part of the august 6 series, 2001-2. Download accompanying realplayer video (1.3Mb) here or view scrolling gifs here.

Joy Division, love will tear us apart, song here.



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