The song "Let's Dance To Joy Divusion" by The Wombats is based on a drunken night when lead singer Matthew Murphy danced on a table with his girlfriend to "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by...
I'm back in Liverpool
And everything seems the same
But I worked something out last night
That changed this little boy's brain

A small piece of advice
That took 22 years in the make
And I will break it for you now
Please learn from my mistakes
Please learn from my mistakes

Let's dance to joy division
And celebrate the irony
Everything is going wrong
But we're so happy

Let's dance to joy division
We raise our glass to the ceiling
'Cause this could all go so wrong
But we're just so happy
Yeah, we're so happy

So, if you're ever feeling down
Grab your purse and take a taxi
To the darkest side of town
That's where we'll be

And we will wait for you
And lead you through the dance floor
Up to the DJ booth
You know what to ask for
You know what to ask for

Go ask for joy division
And celebrate the irony
Everything is going wrong
But we're so happy

Let's dance to joy division
We raise our glass to the ceiling
'Cause this could all go so wrong
But we're so happy, Yeah, we're so happy

Let the love tear us apart
I found the cure for a broken heart
Let it tear us apart

Let the love tear us apart
I found the cure for a broken heart
Let it tear us apart

So, let the love tear us apart
I found the cure for a broken heart
Let it tear us apart

So, let the love tear us apart
I found the cure for a broken heart
Let it tear us apart, let it tear us apart, let it tear us apart

Let's dance to joy division
And celebrate the irony
Everything is going wrong
But we're so happy

Let's dance to joy division
And raise our glass to the ceiling
'Cause this could all go so wrong
But we're so happy
Yeah, we're so happy

So happy
Yeah, we're so happy
So happy
Yeah, we're so happy


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"Let's Dance to Joy Division" as written by Matthew Edward Murphy Daniel Joseph Haggis

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  • +3
    General CommentThey've even said the title and lyrics could be tweaked to be "let's dance to Radiohead... or Cure"
    Every Joy Division fan needs to chill, this song is defiantly celebrating the music they made.

    The idea is the irony in dancing to dark music with cynical subject matter. Joy Division fits that description, so this song basically shows off the irony of dancing to dark songs, with a happy sound.
    superflyturneron December 12, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think this song's mint, i never thought of it as offensive to Joy Division in any way untill reading this, and don't think it is meant to be or is offensive in anway. Besides, if music wasn't controversial we'd all still be listening to symphonies. And I don't mean the bittersweet variety.
    bemybabyon November 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually, i'm a Joy Division fan AND i like this song, it makes me happeh, i don't understand why everyone's bashing the Wombats?
    seriously, FOAD whiners.
    poehaon November 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionOkay for those Wombat haters and Joy Division lovers. If I had not found "Moving to New York" by The Wombats I would have never discovered "Let's Dance to Joy Division" thus researching Joy Division on the internet and discovering what a great story that was Joy Division. One thing for sure, had you haters and lovers not had your own opinion I would have never researched Joy Division to see what all the fuss is about.
    Everyone's a winner winner chicken dinner! :D *adds song to playlist*
    Bartikkyon April 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like The Wombats, and I like Joy Division. I really don't se the issue, it's just a tribute to a great band. I think the song is all about being optimistic even though things aren't going your way. Brilliant! So really, stop whining and, errr, dance to Joy Division, which obviously makes those somewhat obstinate fans happy. Win-win.
    captainchaoson November 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love Joy Division and I have nothing against this band.
    But it really annoys me when people see a celebrity wearing a t shirt with a bands' name on and they go out and buy the same one, even though they have never heard of the band or ever listen to it. Grrrrrr.....
    cheesecheese27on February 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk guys, really?
    It doesn't really matter if you like the song or not, everyone has different music tastes. And to some people lyrics don't really matter, just the music. And another thing, there is no BAD music, just because you don't like it doesn't mean everyone has to agree with you. I'm sure someone out there likes it. And there's no need to be all rude about it. Everyone is different. And MAYBE the lyrics are a bit rude, but maybe they're really not. Maybe they have some deep intellectual meaning or something. What do we know? We didn't write it.
    Varningon March 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat tune. amazing full blast at a party.
    ..Becci..on November 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think there is a deeper meaning in this song.. Everybody knows who Ian Curtis end up when he became famous.. I think the Wombats are singing here about that fame can be killing 'let's raise our glass to the ceiling'.. it's bitter
    joramhooginkon November 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti thought that the irony was that joy division are named after the nazi concentration camp prostitution and that its really not a thing that one should dance too, oh well.
    hendo557on November 18, 2007   Link

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