"Love Will Tear Us Apart" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris and Bernard Sumner....
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.

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

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.

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

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.

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


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"Love Will Tear Us Apart" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris, Bernard Sumner

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  • +15
    General Commentthis song is about 2 people who have known each other and loved each other so much that they have grown apart. love made them see each other's flaws. they have gotten sick of each other and are realizing how diferent they really are.
    dysphoriaon April 16, 2002   Link
  • +13
    General CommentThis is quite possibly the greatest song ever written. Certainly the most truthful ever written about love.
    ReActoron July 10, 2002   Link
  • +7
    General Commentthis song basically says everything about love. it never dies, yet it somehow does.
    loveisadiseaseon February 03, 2005   Link
  • +7
    Song MeaningI take him to be saying something along these lines–you and I have grown apart, we're in a rut, and we are all too aware of each other's failings. And yet, there's still some attraction there. So, rather than make a clean break, what love we still have for one another is causing us to stay together, to stay miserable, to tear each other apart, long after the point when we should have moved on.
    lmnon July 10, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThis is simply the most honest and sad song ever written about love and relationships.

    Sometime ago I read in an interview with Bernard Sumner that the other members of Joy Division never realised that all the lyrics written by Ian were about his own life. They always asked themselves from where he took all the sinister ideas / stories for his songs. If you now look back, it was so obvious...
    Maybe they were to young and blinded by the success of the band at that time.
    Shadowinthelighton October 24, 2009   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationThere's a definite irony to the song; a sense of strange doom, despite the inclusion of 'love'. While this was clearly never intended, it's often struck me as reminiscent of a failed friendship, rather than a romance. For whatever reason (other partners, obligations, so forth) they can't have a romantic relationship, and there's too much intensity for the dynamic to remain platonic. And thus, 'love' will 'tear them apart'. Why again? Meh. Maybe this isn't the first time. They could've been battling it awhile.

    At first, the more intimate lyrics seemed irreconcilable for such an interpretation, until I presumed, as friends in an 'it's complicated' sort of situation tend to do, some form of sexual relationship of a casual nature emerges - and that won't do, either. The feelings run too deep, and there's really no middle road. Damned if you do - and if you don't.

    In the end, irony of ironies, it was love that tore them apart. Again.

    Any fellow fans of BSG (Battlestar Galactica) would see this sort of thing playing out pretty clearly between Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace and Lee 'Apollo' Adama. A great, close friendship torn apart by the intensity introduced by love that neither could ever seem to handle at the same time. ('Is my timing that flawed?')

    Alas, only my musings on one of the quirkier songs of the era.
    mindhuntresson November 09, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentAlthough this is a great song, Joy Division are much more than love will tear us apart.. a lot of people don't realise that.
    Minor_Disturbanceon March 09, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General Commentthey are much more than this one song. but this song opens up a lot of people to this great band.
    LastGreatMistakeon April 26, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAs with the comment left by the above (reactor) This is one of the greatest songs ever written and without a doubt the most truthful about love. God rest Ian Curtis in a deep and peacefull sleep.
    LVNGDEADon July 28, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentYeah this song is pretty straightforward, but the allure and the uniqueness of it is that it primarily speaks to the emotional side of your brain (the left side). This is a song that speaks on a deeper level than just logical and reasonable. It's not something that can be easily explained because our language is fundamentally logical and nothing we can say about it will do the emotional aspects of this song any justice. It simply cannot be grasped in its entirety by the logical side of our brains. We all understand it's a song about a relationship and the downside of it, but I'm guessing that for most of us this song touches us on a much deeper level.
    Androgyneon May 23, 2013   Link

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