Love Will Tear Us Apart

by Joy Division

Duration:
3:26
Released:
Jun 01, 1980
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Lyrics for Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division:

Verse 1
When routine bites hard and ambitions are low
And resentment rides high, but emotions won't grow
And we're changing our ways, taking different roads

Chorus
Then love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again

Verse 2
Why is the bedroom so cold? You've turned away on your side
Is my timing that flawed? Our respect runs so dry
Yet there's still this appeal that we've kept through our lives

Chorus
But love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again

Guitar Solo

Verse 3
You cry out in your sleep, all my failings exposed
And there's a taste in my mouth as desperation takes hold
Just that something so good, just can't function no more

Chorus
Then love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again
Then love, love will tear it apart again
Love, love will tear it apart again

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Song Facts

The lyrics ostensibly reflect the problems in Ian Curtis’s marriage to Deborah Curtis, as well as his general frame of mind in the time leading up to his suicide in May 1980.

Curtis was not faithful to his wife while touring with Joy Division. Debbie remained at home with their child and Ian had an affair with a Belgian woman by the name of Annik Honoré. Ian fell in love with Annik and the affair weighed heavily on him.

The title is an ironic reference to Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together”.


More broadly interpreted, the lyrics reflect the universality of the tenuous nature of all of our relationships. Many of our careers and agenda lead us into directions away from our loved ones, and often into the arms of others we find there. Certainly the tragic story of Ian wasn’t unique among musicians or among most of us. One might suggest that the mention of only two lovers in his whole twenty-three year span amongst us (well documented in print and film) approaches the unique.

So when one hears “us” in this refrain, consider the term to indicate “all of us” or “both of us” or “me from the band” or “me from all of you” or “all of you from me”.

Then, love finally tore Ian apart from us, after having emotionally torn him apart, on the eve of his first trip out of Europe. Deborah Curtis had the phrase “Love Will Tear Us Apart” inscribed on Ian Curtis’s memorial stone.

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