"Wilderness" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris and Bernard Sumner....
I traveled far and wide through many different times,
What did you see there?
I saw the saints with their toys,
What did you see there?
I saw all knowledge destroyed.
I traveled far and wide through many different times.

I traveled far and wide through prisons of the cross,
What did you see there?
The power and glory of sin,
What did you see there?
The blood of Christ on their skins,
I traveled far and wide through many different times.

I traveled far and wide and unknown martyrs died,
What did you see there?
I saw the one sided trials,
What did you see there?
I saw the tears as they cried,
They had tears in their eyes,

Tears in their eyes,
Tears in their eyes,
Tears in their eye.


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"Wilderness" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis Bernard Sumner

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  • +6
    General CommentThis song is about organized religion.

    It starts off talking about organized religion being a roadblock to progress in many instances through time. Then it makes a reference to Jesus Christ and his execution for being different and preaching something that was new at the time. Then it talks about the one-sided trials and 'unknown martyrs' who died...perhaps a reference to the Inquisition?
    Iberian85on May 24, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentGenerally agree with you, Iberian. Though "the prisons of the cross" makes me think of inquisition, so the reference to Christ, would rather mean something else... I don't know, perhaps people being punished for their beliefs (other than Christian)...

    Mentioned martyrs could also be those, who voluntarily gave their lives for their religion. Like the one (Catcholic saint) killed in Mecca because of his shouted insults at Mahomet.
    Gwynbleiddon October 12, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is badass
    "the christ of blood on their skins"
    that line is scary, i dunno why
    Xeanson August 13, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentisn't it just about how the church is using their power in the wrong way? the lines:
    "I travelled far and wide through many different times" just emphase that it has allways been this way and that it won't change.
    FFMartijnFFon October 21, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAllways reminds me of Dante and Virgil in the Divine Comedy. Travelling through the cantos of hell/heaven.
    Arminius44on November 07, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAmazingly good song!
    danger birdon December 09, 2007   Link

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