"From Safety To Where" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris and Bernard Sumner....
No, I don't know just why
No, I don't know just why
Which way to turn
I got this ticket to use
Through childlike ways rebellion and crime
To reach this point and retreat back again
The broken hearts, all the wheels that have turned
The memory's scarred and the vision is blurred

No, I don't know which way
Don't know which way to turn
The best possible use
Just passing through, 'till we reach the next stage
But just to where, well it's all been arranged

Just passing through but the break must be made
Should we move on or stay safely away?

Through childlike ways rebellion and crime
To reach this point and retreat back again
The broken hearts, all the wheels that have turned
The memory's scarred and the vision is blurred
Just passing through, 'till we reach the next stage
But just to where, well, it's all been arranged
Just passing through but the break must be made
Should we move on or stay safely away?


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"From Safety to Where...?" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis Bernard Sumner

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    General CommentThe politics of Ian Curtis are very interesting, he obviously wasn't a nazi or a fascist and was quite the opposite, his wife claims he voted for the Tories but he seems to be much more left wing because a lot of the songs in my opinion are about have people being treated ok for example Novelty.
    IanSchultzon August 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis was orginaly supposed to be on Unknown Pleasures. Great song aswell.
    Bliss Freakon December 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentits about society taking two steps forward and then one back. There is rebellion and crime, and it seems like the place is just going backwards. He can't wait until he gets out, but doesn't know where is a better place. He is just passing through, he is not part of that society.
    chrissy27on April 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy favourite Joy Division song bar none, it's over 25 years old and yet I've never heard anything so futuristic.

    Obviously Ian Curtis was not a Marxist (quite the opposite) but I agree this does seem to be about different 'phases' of the development of society:

    "Just passing through till we reach the next stage
    But just to where - well it's all been arranged"

    As in 'Ceremony' he refers to the "wheels turning" - I think Curtis was acutely aware of the grand themes of history and of his own place within them, which is probably what makes Joy Division songs so epic.
    Bibboon December 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't see it as about society I see it as being about starting out in JD. His life's got direction, unlike earlier 'childlike ways', but he's not sure if he should really go forward with it as he thinks (correctly) that he might not like where it takes him. Trying to reassure himself that he's just passing through, but he knows he's not really in control.
    drmron October 26, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis reminds me of a quote from the Sopranos, where Dr. Melfi says "the choice between freedom and security. The child often switches between them". I think Ian had trouble with the loss of innocence, so this song may be about deciding weather to stay in the safety of home or leaving. Hence from safety (home) to where (Ian has no idea what the world has in store for him).
    fearpanic4on February 19, 2014   Link

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