"Exercise One" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris and Bernard Sumner....
When you're looking at life,
In a strange new room,
Maybe drowning soon,
Is this the start of it all?
Turn on your TV,
Turn down your pulse,
Turn away from it all,
It's all getting too much.

When you're looking at life,
Deciphering scars,
Just who fooled who,
Sit still in their cars,
The lights look bright,
When you reach outside,
Time for one last ride,
Before the end of it all.

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"Exercise One" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis Bernard Sumner

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    General Comment'When you're looking at life
    In a strange new room
    Maybe drowning soon
    Is this the start of it all?'

    This is - not so much a response, as a reaction perhaps to the Socratic sentiment, that an unexamined life is not worth living.

    'Turn on your TV
    Turn down your pulse'

    Then the sense of alienation, wanting to escape, turning on TV, forgetting your thoughts that would drown you. 'Turn down your pulse' - escape from life.

    'Turn away from it all
    It's all getting too much'

    The song looks very simple, but actually it's very powerful, there is a strong feeling of stress, claustrophobia, the desire to understand combined with the inability to make sense of things.

    hurin66on October 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentToo much stress to deal with. Looking back at life wondering how you got to where you are now.
    KILBYon March 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI've allways seen a connection in this with "Day of The Lords". Look at...

    When you're looking at life
    In a strange new room
    Maybe drowning soon
    Is this the start of it all?

    Compare to the first line of "DotL"

    This is the room, the start of it all...

    Maybe they're just both based off the same poem.
    subconsciuson March 23, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti agree with kilby =)
    lukieton June 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe original version of this song (of 3:10) is one of the most psychedelic songs ever. The guitar drives me crazy, the bass line seem to escape and go on a very swinging way but it's always returning to its starting point, like a circle. The drums are so repetitive and uses silence like a sound. And it lasts half of the song... It's just great!
    garveymon August 18, 2010   Link

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