"Dead Souls" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris and Bernard Sumner....
Someone take these dreams away
That point me to another day
A duel of personalities
That stretch all true realities

That keep calling me
They keep calling me
Keep on calling me
They keep calling me

Where figures from the past stand tall
And mocking voices ring the halls
Imperialistic house of prayer
Conquistadors who took their share

That keep calling me
They keep calling me
Keep on calling me
They keep calling me

Calling me, calling me
Calling me, calling me

They keep calling me
Keep on calling me
They keep calling me
They keep calling me


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"Dead Souls" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis Bernard Sumner

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  • +11
    General Commentdamn telemarketers
    plaincl0thesmanon July 24, 2005   Link
  • +6
    General CommentIan Curtis supposedly had various flashbacks to a previous life, which could well be what the first two lines are refering too. Elsewhere, in general the severe epilepsy and general schitzophrenic personality Curtis had would have created many delusions and distorted his reality. In this song hes talking about these other realities intruding on his everyday life.

    Oh and by the way for those of you insulting Nine inch nails, you realize the reason Morris' drums sound perfect is that Martin Hannet dubbed every drum sound indivisually to create the metronome effect. so thats basically synthetic as well - not that theres anything wrong with this technique, the production was one of the things that made Joy Division so unique and brilliant.
    jaiandrews7on January 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe book Dead Souls is comedy (not in a funny sense, but as in a story of the outrageous and hyperbolic) that examines the Russian landscape through a character named Chichikov. Chichikov, attempting to build wealth and property, tries purchasing dead slaves (serfs) from local landowners. Though they are dead, it won't be official until the next census therefore he can amass a register of serfs cheaply. One of the themes has to do with the irony of the lifelessness of the actual living landowners and characters in the book compared to the dead serfs who are often described lively and talented. One critic described it as not dealing with life and death, but the death of life.
    dsspenceon November 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti'm just proud he used the word "conquistadors" in a song and made it work.
    typoon April 15, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell, I know that the title "Dead Souls" was taken from the story by a Russian writer named Nikolai Gogol.
    SiouxsieKittenon June 03, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI see it as an expression of an obsession with the horrors of history: "dreams that point me to another day."
    mayhapson June 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis might not be what its about at all, but it is what i get from it...
    its like ian is talking about how he's haunted by his past. maybe not dead people, but the people he knew and wanted to leave behind him.

    "Someone take these dreams away
    That point me to another day " -- could be about something that he doesn't like to think about anymore, or wants to hide.

    "A duel of personalities
    That stretch all true realities" --could be about the person that people used to know, that he doesn't believe he is anymore.

    "When figures from the past stand tall
    And mocking voices ring the hall
    Imperialistic house of prayer
    Conquistadors who took their share " --this could about the people that keep bringing up his past that he so badly tries to forget and hide and pretend like never happened.

    "That keep calling me
    They keep calling me
    Keep on calling me
    They keep calling me" -- would, of course, be these people/things coming back to him no matter what.
    hollyohon January 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn my interpretation, I always thought this song reffered to his demon's. Simply put.
    prestonisbatmanon April 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is chilling for some odd reason. Seems like he's plagued by something and he can't get away from it. The consistant bass line in the background brings it to a much higher level of chill, also.
    PixieRaeStarSystemon August 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis might be the despair of Ian before he commited suicide.
    Beyond Redemptionon September 03, 2002   Link

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