"World" as written by David (gb 2) Potts and Peter Hook....
I turn sideways to the sun
Keep my thoughts from everyone
It's a jungle, I'm a freak
Hear me talk, but never speak

So I'm stepping out of time
Because breaking is a crime
And it may all be too late
But I've no passion for this hate

That's the price of love (that's the price of love)
Can you feel it (can you feel it)
If we could buy it now (that's the price of love)
How long would it last (that's the price of love)

And when this building is on fire
These flames can't burn any higher
I turn sideways to the sun
And in a moment I am gone

That's the price of love (that's the price of love)
Can you feel it (can you feel it)
If we could buy it now (that's the price of love)
How long would it last (that's the price of love)

That's the price of love (that's the price of love)
Can you feel it (can you feel it)
If we could buy it now (that's the price of love)
How long would it last (that's the price of love)


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"World" as written by Peter Hook Bernard (gb 2) Sumner

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    General CommentTrevor, I have watched the film clip, and it actually made me feel really sad!

    Just the ending, with that woman... it seems to me as if she's a prostitute so-to-speak, and it's the only way for her to make money.... it relates to the lyrics of "That's the price of love.... if we could buy it now, how long would it last?"
    Because it's like saying, having sex for money isn't love, and if you just bought it (aka paid for the sex) it wouldn't last very long...

    But that's just what I got from it... Overall, one of my fave New Order songs.
    60_miles_an_houron January 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA lot of the lyrics remind me of Donnie Darko.
    xanadianon March 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of the themes running through New Order's "Republic" album is the dissolution of Factory Records and Bernard Sumner's feelings of betrayal by Tony Wilson.

    The first stanza seems to set up the atmosphere they were in and how Sumner might've kept his feelings quiet at the time. He gets a little jab in at Wilson saying he has "no passion for this hate" meaning it's not even worth arguing over who was right or wrong between them - he's just over it completely and "in a moment I am gone".

    The "when this building is on fire" stanza alludes to the demise of Factory symbolically.

    Finally, seems like Sumner often can't decide if he's talking about his love of a person or drugs in his lyrics (True Faith has a little of that)......"that's the price of love, can you feel it?" = paying $20 for a roll (Ecstacy/MDMA) which can be considered "love" and then the "am I feeling it yet?" question we always ask ourselves a good 1/2 hour or so after ingestion.
    atlbobr69on February 07, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDid anyone watch this video, recently?
    It is such a good match to the ideas I had about it. I love songs that are dark yet have so much energy!!
    trevor74on July 19, 2005   Link
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    General Comment@60_miles_an_hour:

    "...actually made me feel really sad..." - could not agree more!

    However, I got an impression that the lady in the end was the customer, not the prostitute. She just 'bought the love' but 5 minutes of happiness & joy was again replaced by emptiness, right after the young hustler left the room... Young, attractive people are shown as the goods here...

    All in all, great song / video, excellent location, characters... love the black n white technique.
    foggydecemberon September 19, 2011   Link

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