"I Remember Nothing" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris and Bernard Sumner....
We were strangers.
We were strangers, for way too long, for way too long,
We were strangers, for way too long.
Violent, violent,
Were strangers.

Get weak all the time, may just pass the time,
Me in my own world, yeah you there beside,
The gaps are enormous, we stare from each side,
We were strangers for way too long.

Violent, more violent, his hand cracks the chair,
Moves on reaction, then slumps in despair,
Trapped in a cage and surrendered too soon,
Me in my own world, the one that you knew,
For way too long.
We were strangers, for way too long.
We were strangers,
We were strangers, for way too long.
For way too long.

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"I Remember Nothing" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis Bernard Sumner

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  • +5
    General Comment"Everyone's living in their own little world. When I was 15 or 16 at school, I used to talk with my mates and we'd say: 'As soon as we leave, we'll be down in London, doing something nobody else is doing.' Then I used to work in a factory, and I was really happy because I could daydream all day. All I had to do was push this wagon with cotton things in it up and down. But I didn't have to think. I could think about the weekend, imagine what I was going to spend my money on, which LP I was going to buy... You can live in your own little world." -Ian Curtis
    thebodiesobtainedon January 22, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI just want to know if that crashing sound close to the beginning was intentional or an accident. Or maybe it was a spur-of-the-moment rage and somebody threw a glass against the wall or floor.
    gregorybrianon July 18, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDefinitely about the divide between people, everyone is very detached in society, and I find building relationships has been replaced for hostility and angry glaring.
    Have you ever sat on a subway and tried to make eye contact with someone? It's hilarious.

    In any event, this is my absolute favorite Joy Division song, so beautifully haunting.
    karaokepartybuson May 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTwo people who never knew each other. Too many differences between them. Perhaps they met before hence the title...
    KILBYon March 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn my opinion this is written from the perspective of someone who is in a relationship but they are too preoccupied with their misery, too withdrawn in their own world to allow the other person to become anything more than a stranger. I think most of Ians lyrics are about himself so this probably refers to his relationship with Debby. And this line:" Get weak all the time, may just pass the time" refers to giving in to the tempation of infidelity.
    Shock_Resistoron March 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt sounds more like "for far too long" to me.

    Sounds like two people meeting for some terrible reason, having not known each other before but suddenly meeting. Perhaps criminal and victim...
    Cynothoglyson December 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentknowing/seeing someone but not talking to them may cause tension between two people.
    cool song
    mopink1968on June 10, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSupposedly written by Ian about his relationship with his wife Debby. Apparently the first time she heard it (when Ian brought a test pressing to play for her at home) she freaked out and became upset because she immediately knew it was about her/them.
    Only one chord (E) in the entire song if I'm not mistaken (they slide to D every so often but it's mostly in an E-note drone).
    scott12xuon November 15, 2015   Link
  • -2
    General CommentOK, not to be disrespectful, it may be the fault of production for mixing Ian too high, but that first "Weeeeeee....were strangers" is absolutely f*n hilarious! "Weeeeeee....!" indeed!
    elephant_rangeon February 27, 2005   Link

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