"Candidate" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris and Bernard Sumner....
Forced by the pressure,
The territories marked,
No longer the pleasure,
Oh, I've since lost the heart.

Corrupted from memory,
No longer the power,
It's creeping up slowly,
The last fatal hour.

Oh, I don't what made me,
What gave me the right,
To mess with your values,
And change wrong to right.

Please keep your distance,
The trail leads to here,
There's blood on your fingers,
Brought on by fear.

I campaigned for nothing,
I worked hard for this,
I tried to get to you,
You treat me like this.

It's just second nature,
It's what we've been shown,
We're living by your rules,
That's all that we know.

I tried to get to you,
I tried to get to you,
I tried to get to you.
I tried to get to you.


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"Candidate" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis Bernard Sumner

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  • +2
    General CommentI like tad42s interpretation and the whole idealism/corruption theme. It boggles my mind how people come up with the ridiculous relationship/ being dumped comparisons. It's easy and pat and annoyingly modern. It seems every freakin song deals with that. Go listen to coldplay if you're into that. Not that these people are necessarily wrong, but I find Joy Division's music above all those trifles.
    komackinoon March 11, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI feel as though this is about someone falling out of love with another; someone in the act of cheating. He (just because it's easier then they) is "forced by the pressure" of another's affection to stay faithful, but he's lost the feeling that he once had for this person. He knows what he did was wrong, but still feels the need to blame his partner (I tried to get to you, but you treat me like this); perhaps she didn't want to, or couldn't keep up with his fast lifestyle.

    Courting can sort of be looked at as a sort of election; you have the girl (again, just because it's simpler for me to explain) who is debating on which candidate to elect for the position of boyfriend. To call the song Candidate, but voice it as who has already been "elected" is sort of like saying the relationship is over, but he's stepping back up in attempt to get her back.
    Primaryvividon September 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts like a psycho brainwashing government telling people that ive worked so hard to take your minds and thoughts away from you and have them for myself and now you try to riot and revolt against me? Thats not fair all i was doing was to do your job (which is thinking) and now you treat me like this?
    It obviously can happen in relationships with people (not just intimate ones,regular ones too) when someones driven by the other
    But i think its more about tricking people into how good is for them to not have a free thought .
    nava115370on January 05, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about politics
    Joy-Divisionon December 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno it isn't
    moonlemonon December 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes it is.
    Bliss Freakon December 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNo it isn't
    Yer_Maon March 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's comparing relationships with politics. So both of you are right.
    Schizimaon March 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's comparing relationships with politics. So both of you are right.
    Schizimaon March 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is about politics and the reality of power.

    It is about the corruption of ideals.

    It is about the loss of innocence.
    Elias Shingernon May 13, 2006   Link

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