"Digital" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris and Bernard Sumner....
Feel it closing in,
Feel it closing in,
The fear of whom I call,
Every time I call,
I feel it closing in,
I feel it closing in,
Day in, day out,
Day in, day out,
Day in, day out,
Day in, day out,
Day in, day out,
Day in, day out.

I feel it closing in,
As patterns seem to form.
I feel it cold and warm.
The shadows start to fall.
I feel it closing in,
I feel it closing in,
Day in, day out,
Day in, day out,
Day in, day out,
Day in, day out,
Day in, day out.

I'd have the world around,
To see just whatever happens,
Stood by the door alone,
And then it's fade away.
I see you fade away.
Don't ever fade away.
I need you here today.
Don't ever fade away.
Don't ever fade away.
Don't ever fade away.
Don't ever fade away.
Fade away. Fade away.
Fade away. Fade away.
Fade away. Fade away.
Fade away.


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"Digital" as written by Roni Size, Onallee,

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    General CommentThis was the last song Joy Division ever played. It was at their final gig - Birmingham University, May 1980.
    Minor_Disturbanceon March 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt was one of their last punkier songs before getting the sound they are known for. The reason for the title of the song is because Martin Hannett produced it using digital delay. It was the first song they recorded with him and the last song they preformed live, like said earlier
    Staticburn89on April 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure if Ian Curtis was diagnoses bipolar, but i know his wife thought he sort-of was.

    It really does fuck me off that people continue to shout 'suicide' and 'epilepsy' at every Joy Division song. Curtis was epileptic untli after this song was written (and recorded i think) and he wasn't in a particularly bad frame of mind either if accounts are to be believed.

    I've always considered it ot be about paranoia, but I confess I don't really know what it's about. Except that it's not about epilepsy.

    MeX
    dwitefryon October 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCan I start by having a bit of a rant?

    Can people stop slandering people for relating this song to suicide and epilepsy? It's not difficult to see how they'd come to such a conclusion and if you don’t have a better idea on what the song means then I’d suggest you be quite to avoid looking arrogant and closed minded. It was suggested somewhere (and I believe it to be true) that this (as well as a lot of the songs on unknown pleasures) are Curtis' social commentary on the working industrial state he found himself drowning in. Childish dreams for all of us slowly close in until we loose all hope of them coming true, I think Curtis was talking about that hope when he said "don't ever fade away" but then, we can't exactly ask him now can we...

    You’re more than welcome to point out my flaws as long as you’ve got a counter-argument.
    danzig1138on September 29, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwow minor disturbance, i never knew that, but now that you mention it, i think it may have been done purposely (being the final song they ever played). I think it's a 3rd person perspective of himself, first verse, hes describing the point before his seizure. in the second hes describing the depression, and in the third he is detached, he doesnt care so much what happens anymore, and is just fed up with the repetitive cycle that is his life (day in, day out, day in, day out), which is also ingrained into the music, it's a whirlwind of mixed emotions.

    At the point he wrote this song, he already made the decision of dying, because of this, he then asks himself not to fade away. Considering his epileptic condition (most likely temporal-lobe epilepsy) he most probably also suffered symptoms of depersonalization: the surreal feeling of being outside of ones own mind/body. This song is ian, telling himself not to fade away from the rest of the world, like he wanted himself to live on after death, i personally think he has. What do you think?
    Schr4nzon May 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYou know, I find that kind of odd, because I always had an association between this song and suicide. I don't think I can explain it without coming off as an attention whoring melodramatic emo kid, though. Sorry.
    restin256on February 12, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"You know, I find that kind of odd, because I always had an association between this song and suicide. I don't think I can explain it without coming off as an attention whoring melodramatic emo kid, though. Sorry."

    People are always afraid of sounding "emo" nowadays. I've always associated it with suicide too - almost as if he's telling himself not to fade away. The line "Don't ever fade away" has always got to me.
    Shadowmelodyon December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhy "Digital"?
    Gwynbleiddon December 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure about the suicide interpretation (I've always thought of it as a pretty jaunty little number, at least by their standards), but I can tell you that this song dates back to at least mid-1978, well before he had "made the decision of dying." It certainly SOUNDS closer to paranoia or claustrophobia to me than it does depression or suicide.
    owennnnnnnnnnon January 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with owen. the song is originally off a single from 1978.
    it's funny, because a quite similiar discussion was led about a song by at the drive-in here at songmeanings. someone tried to interpret clues for atd-i breaking up from a song from an ep that was released three years before they broke up.
    get yer facts right before you start comparing band's lyrics to the history around the band.
    proximaon March 13, 2006   Link

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