"Joan" as written by Andy Bell and Vince Clarke....
Power generation
You live up your life and it feels like fire
Suspended in animation
A trick of the light and it drives you higher

Blind vision blind faith
You really can be sold
If you dare to disagree

It`s just not within the scheme of things
To give up your life so easily
That`s not the way you`re meant to be
What a waste of time and energy
It`s just not within the scheme of things(live your life)
To give up your life so easily, easily(I`ll be there)

Psychic celebration
Look up in the stars and see Venus rising
Rapture, fascination
You live for the night and your own desire

Blind vision blind faith
You really can`t rely
On what they tell you for effect

It`s not just within the scheme of things(live your life)
To give up your life so easily
That`s not the way you`re meant to be(I do care)
What a waste of time and energy
It`s just not within the scheme of things(live your life)
To give up your life so easily
That`s not the way you`re meant to be(I`ll be there)
What a waste of time and energy, energy


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"Joan" as written by Vince Clarke Andy Bell

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    General CommentAnother great example of how brilliant Andy Bell can be as lyricist!

    Well, he's talking about a young girl who tends to live her life without caring about the social impositions and I assume it's called Joan 'cos that girl is being compared to Joan of Arc's life, who also dared to defy the social conventions from her age.


    "Power generation
    You live up your life and it feels like FIRE, woah
    Suspended in animation
    A TRICK OF THE LIGHT and it drives you higher, wo-ah

    Blind vision blind faith
    You really can be sold
    If you dare to disagree"

    He's showing to her on this verse and this bridge that she has been deceived by a specific event that happened on her life since that one simply made her believe excessively in her own force to beat the society where she lives for deffending some radical positions. I mean she's simply wrong about the importance of that event and now she's thinking everything will run according to her own will on her life, no matter what the society will think about it... But she's definitely wrong just because the society can simply get rid of her if she insists on this 'misbehaviour'...

    "Psychic celebration
    Look up in the stars and see Venus rising, woah
    Rapture, fascination
    You live for the night and your own desire, wo-ah

    Blind vision blind faith
    You really can't rely
    On what they tell you for effect"

    On this 2nd part, he's telling her for not leaving herself to be impressed by a couple of exaggerated praises to her courageous posture...

    In relation to its refrain, Andy just pretends to disapprove of the way how she leads her own life since he doesn't want she has a tragic fate just like Joan Of Arc...
    circusjuggleron October 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentRegarding more specifically about the lines "Psychic celebration / Look up in the stars and see Venus rising", I assume he's talking the people who like (or pretend to like) her are celebrating the rising of a 'new star' who is just her...
    circusjuggleron October 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the ills of capitalism - it shows contrast between simple, spiritual existence ("rapture/fascination") and being labelled and controlled by consumer propaganda ("you really can be sold/if you dare to disagree").
    rawrdotraron April 30, 2010   Link

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