"At A Later Date" as written by and Joy Division....
Why must we be put down when we try to get away?
Why must we all grow up when we could just play and play?
Good things in life are free - can't buy everything, that's true
Only one thing wrong with that - what it don't buy I don't use

Only thing I'm thinking of is "Why are we all here?"
There must be more to do at nights than drinking rotten beer
The world's a very shady place, and you can't trust a soul
"Grin and bear it" seemed the thing, when it just gets a hold
At a later date, it might come out a fright
At a later date, I hope that you're alright

Human beings are dangerous and they call me in the dark
But everything gets twice as cold in marching for a lark
There's loads of things I'd like to do if I could find the time
Working really tires me and I think I'll turn to crime
At a later date, I hope they start it soon
At a later date, before we hit the moon

I just can't be bothered to make an effort here at all
People make you feel your contributions are too small
I just can't be bothered to make an effort here at all
People make you feel your contributions are too small
At a later date, I'll be awful great
At a later date, someone somewhere blew it
At a later date, at a later date


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"At a Later Date" as written by Joy Division

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    General Commentthis is such a great song, why has nobody commented on it? i think it's about trying to find meaning in your life and wanting to make a difference. sensing that there's a "spiritual" dimension to life ("good things in life are free") but not knowing how to work with it ("what i don't buy i don't use").
    thebodiesobtainedon October 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit's about a soffocating search trying to find the reason of your existance, we all must pass trough this at some point, but, in this song the Ian shows a person who lives this under the presion and judgement of the people around him:

    the first to verses express the anxiousness and the feeling that you didn't had time to do what you wanted to do, that maybe something didn't allowed you to do it and know hat you have the chance to fix it up everyone demands you to be productive.

    the third verse just says recalls "everyone is bad, they don't give me time, they never do..."

    and the last verse it's just a explosion inside the head, initiated by all the actions in the previous verses.
    "I just can't be bothered to make an effort here at all"---it's like saying "let me alone i'll figure it out by myself"---
    "People make you feel your contributions are too small"----but then you feel bad cause no matter how hard you try it will never be enough for society
    Seafireon January 19, 2010   Link

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