"Sunrise" as written by and Stephen Paul David/hook Morris....
I've been waiting to hear your voice for too long now
One way conversations do not work somehow
Tell me how does one get your soul in touch with the one above
When one way conversations pay a price for the use of love
I tried so hard last night you would not talk to me
I live with the fear of the few with the gift
And I know what's going to be

Why did you never speak my name in front of my family
You gave a gift that you then took away
Like you never did before
Your name might be God but you don't say that much to me
Your name might be God but you don't say that much to me
We might be your black sheep
But you forgot us a long time ago
We might be your lost sheep
But it's time you remembered us now

As we spend our days together, nothing can go wrong
No one told the truth about it because it was so strong
If you ever think of me, if you hear my name
If you read between the lines, you'll hang your head in shame
These ? ears will never hear, the ice will never freeze
Whatever I have done for you I did because you complained

(Whatever you may think of me whatever you may say
I've lived my whole life in danger,
You've lived your life in hate)


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"Sunrise" as written by Peter Hook Stephen Paul David Morris

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    Song MeaningI always thought that this song was about the anger the remaining band members felt towards Ian for doing what he did. I can imagine it would have acted as a kind of therapy and release and I am not aware of any other songs that reference Ian's suicide.

    Coming at the end of low life, the closing track is full of resentment that the guiding light and driving force behind Joy Division, the 'God' in the song and the 'gifted' band member selfishly took his own life. I am sure they all love Ian now but that sense of regret of what might had been, as good as New Order were, must have been truly devastating. Such a waste.
    cantona66on September 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOne of the best tracks off the sublime "Low Life" album. It echoes with despair, a feeling of total cynicism towards a supposed God -

    "I've been waiting to hear your voice for too long now, One way conversations do not work somehow"

    Just a feeling of total abandoment by someone held so high in religious practices.
    matt675on January 18, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationContradictory to the theme of this website, i have no thoughts on the lyrics. However, the intro on this track is stunning. I was driving down the M5 through Birmingham, as the sun was setting, burning a halo if pink and orange against the dark shadows of the tower blocks. UP went the volume, down went my right foot.
    JLoDaMofoon August 29, 2015   Link

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