"Blue Monday" as written by and Stephen Paul David/hook Morris....
How does it feel to treat me like you do?
When you've laid your hands upon me and told me who you are.
I thought I was mistaken, I thought I heard your words.
Tell me how do I feel. Tell me now, how do I feel.
Those who came before me lived through their vocations
from the past until completion, they'll turn away no more.
And still I find it so hard to say what I need to say.
But I'm quite sure that you'll tell me just how I should feel today.
I see a ship in the harbor. I can and shall obey.
But if it wasn't for your misfortune, I'd be a heavenly person today.
And I thought I was mistaken, and I thought I heard you speak
Tell me, how do I feel. Tell me now, how should I feel.
Now I stand here waiting...
I thought I told you to leave me when I walked down to the beach.
Tell me how does it feel, when your heart grows cold, grows cold, cold.

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"Blue Monday" as written by Stephen Paul David/hook Morris

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  • +6
    General CommentIt's well known that during the early '80s new order were writing their lyrics in a truly collaborative style; literally going around in a circle going line for line... almost like a séance.

    I maintain to this day that the words for Blue Monday came directly from the grave. Ian's last words in a kind of agonizing lament describing his failed relationship with Annik Honoré. She controlled him until the very end, eventually causing him to take his own life and (consequently) sending him to hell.

    "But if it wasn't for your misfortune
    I'd be a heavenly person today"

    clamchipson January 24, 2011   Link
  • +4
    My OpinionI'd always thought the abusive relationship idea like many people as it fits with the lyrics so well...

    although the ideas of Ian Curtis seem applicable as well...

    but what interests me the most are the interpretations about war.

    it isn't something i'd thought about until today when i was reading Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut (excellent book - everyone should read it) and that the first page of the book is a cow saying "goodbye blue monday" (i think this is possibly the name of the book within the book so to say but that's unrelated)
    later it also mentions that one of the main characters only contact with war was writing "goodbye blue monday" on a bomb going to vietnam (i think?)

    so it got me thinking...

    is this song any relation to breakfast of champions or have they just been named from the same source?

    if they are related maybe the war story holds more truth...
    derifityon April 13, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentStop fucking around with wich version is better! This is songmeanings.net. It's about MEANINGS.

    I think that it's about a girlfriend who treat him bad and he wanted to leave her, but that's hard. ("And still find so hard to say what I need to say"). Finally, he leaves her, but he can't realise how does it feel to treat someone who loves you that way.
    Deadon July 27, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMaybe he waits for an apologie or something. He realise that she wasn't the person that he spects, but, deeply, he still love her a little and hope that she can change and be diferent. You can't stop love someone just like that. Some feelings never dissapear at all.
    Deadon August 02, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentActually I have heard something very different.

    A friend of mine told me he read an article where New Order themselves stated that Blue Monday is about Ian Curtis. Part of the song is about him, part is about his suicide.

    Unfortunatly he couldn't remeber the source...he remebers it was a magazine and he thinks it may have been a very old Rolling Stone.

    Anyone else ever heard this?
    acidjackon April 01, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIf anything, the war interpretations are...interesting enough but i just dont think there's enough coming from the lyrics that necessarily supports that... the ian curtis suggestion sounds correct and gives the song probably the most meaningful and gorgeous sense to me anyway but hey this song is relatable in alot of ways and to me.. i get this erie feeling its about a close encounter. call me crazy but the most common and probable explanation for visitations from other worlds is that idea that an advanced alien race that could have possibly created us possibly not but has watched us from the beginning or close to it anyway observes, protects and influences us to become a more whole and unified race and will not come out to us until we're ready.... so here are the lyrics "i see a ship in the harbour i can and shall obey" "if it wasnt for your misfortune i'd b a heavenly person today" that could b interpreted many ways.."now i stand here waiting" waiting for them to come out of hiding maybe? "tell me now how do i feel" coming from a guy whos encountered something that probably understands emotions far better than him and its hard to communicate but every line of this song supports this idea... and its just an idea so yeah..
    SensationalConscienceon January 14, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationIt's about domination/alienation, including war.

    The dominant actor is doing the following:
    1) interpellation - telling one who one is
    2) suture - filling in blanks in meaning - when one is mistaken, they give words
    3) historical continuity/project (teleology) - from past until completion
    4) subjectification - telling one how to feel
    5) demanding obedience.

    It's a very intelligent song - somebody's been studying critical theories of power before they wrote it I reckon. They subscribe to some kind of post-Situationist theory of power, which is being related to war in particular, but also generally to conformity.

    It's even clearer with the video as well - it's saying that actual warfare and state brutality are linked to video games and TV - there's an image flashes up which has soldiers causing an explosion then it says "1000 point bonus". Basically we come to desire power by being told who we are and taught how to feel, through means such as the media, computer games, consumerism etc. (And remember this is a band who gave themselves two Nazi-inspired names in a row, and are associated with Factory Records who are pretty explicitly post-situ).

    "Heavenly person" has a double meaning - dead, or good/innocent. It has the dual overtones of, without you I'd be dead, and without you I wouldn't be guilty (of war crimes, abuse, whatever).

    Power is portrayed as cold, alienating and guilt-inducing... its heart is cold, it tells us what to feel but leaves us finding it hard to say what the official script makes us say, and it stops us being "heavenly".
    Ldxar1on December 09, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcheh, this is the ORIGINAL, jebus
    thisGIRLon June 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti like this version better. i dunno, i'm the type that usually likes the original best.

    "when your heart grows cold" sends shivers down my spine.
    not_blondeon July 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHis girlfriend totally abuses him and so he feels trapped. He does feel for her but she is not ready for the kind of relationship he wants. At the end he finds the strength to walk away from it and I think she realizes what she lost because her "heart grows cold."
    ChaosFluro24on October 05, 2002   Link

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