"Insight" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris and Bernard Sumner....
Guess you dreams always end.
They don't rise up, just descend,
But I don't care anymore,
I've lost the will to want more,
I'm not afraid not at all,
I watch them all as they fall,
But I remember when we were young.

Those with habits of waste,
Their sense of style and good taste,
Of making sure you were right,
Hey don't you know you were right?
I'm not afraid anymore,
I keep my eyes on the door,
But I remember.

Tears of sadness for you,
More upheaval for you,
Reflects a moment in time,
A special moment in time,
Yeah we wasted our time,
We didn't really have time,
But we remember when we were young.

And all God's angels beware,
And all you judges beware,
Sons of chance, take good care,
For all the people not there,
I'm not afraid anymore,
I'm not afraid anymore,
I'm not afraid anymore,
Oh, I'm not afraid anymore.

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"Insight" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis Bernard Sumner

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  • +8
    General CommentHave you ever taken a step back from your life and realized that everything you put your guts and soul into could very well be of no consiquence or significance at all? And maybe the only thing really worth reflecting on is the innocent and uneducated joy of your youth. I think that most of Curtis's adult like he saw death staring him right in the face, threatening him, pointing at him and once he realized that everything he was living for was insipid he finally said, come on you bastard! Come and take it, "I'm not afraid"
    Musixexon January 10, 2009   Link
  • +7
    General CommentThis is my favorite JD song...

    Every so often you stop and think to yourself, "What the f**k have I been doing all this time?"
    After being shot down so many times by so many people in every kind of situation, you just sort of accept that you are nothing, and it's your own fault.
    Actually, this song reminds me of many conversations with my own father.

    Well, that's what this means to me
    corpseboyon October 08, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI think this song is about giving up on life. Just completely losing interest and hope, and looking back on the past and wishing you had done something productive with your time rather than wasting it. I think when Ian said "I'm not afraid anymore" he was saying that he no longer feared death. I also think that "I keep my eyes on the door" might be a metaphor for considering suicide.
    NewDawnFadeson December 22, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI really think that this song is about relizing how meaningless life is. When you think of people you used to know, be it that they died or you just lost contact with them you relize that they are individuals with thought and it becomes a extremely complex web of realitys. When you feel like this you relize how futile life is. When you think of the concept of time and the amazing scale of the universe you relize you are completely insignifigent your life is.
    Bliss Freakon May 05, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI wonder, do people look for hints toward suicide in lyrics from someone who has killed themselves?

    I've always considered the song to be being an insight into how meaningless life has become for the narrator (be that Curtis or not). And having this insight the narrator stops being afraid (but of what?)


    PS - I like Bliss' answer.
    dwitefryon October 28, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My Opinion@Dwitefry

    I think people tend to look at the suicide side of Insight more because it is the last from Ian Curtis before his suicide in 1980. When it was originally recorded, even some of his family and friends feared that it had meant he was going to do it. So it's not just the fact people tend to look for warning signs, its the fact that there were obvious warning signs ahead of time. It's just too bad no one acted on it.

    @bliss Freak ; That may be the best interpretation I have heard.
    JGoldenbergon January 06, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGiving up on wanting more in life. Looking back on the years when you were young, how foolish you were, and all that wasted time.

    "And all God's angels beware
    And all you judges beware
    Sons of chance take good care
    For all the people out there
    I'm not afraid anymore
    I'm not afraid anymore"

    He's giving his warnings, his goodbyes, he's not afraid to die.
    Italion December 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti see it as sort of you see your own demise coming. you repeat the same routine over and over again, and you see where youre heading in life. with this, you start to question life, and believe its meaningless. the line "I'm not afraid anymore", to me, can either mean hes not afraid of death or anything - be it society, heights, the future. reminds me of the nine inch nails lyric "nothing can stop me now//cause i dont care anymore".
    auto_suggestionon August 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentinsight into emptiness (vipashyana)
    thebodiesobtainedon August 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentrealisation and remebering. pure and simple.

    'my life is ruined, but you know what, i'm gonna accept it.'

    simple observation of his society told ian that ultimately, life means nothing if you have not the power to prolong it. so subsequently he accepts fate and turns to question others and pontificate on his life.

    "Hey don't you know you were right?"
    "but we remember, when we were young"

    finally, he imparts a final statement of not being afraid, possibly foretelling of his acceptance of suicide?

    much much more than meets the eye/ear of course (as with any jd song) but who are we to interpret a song as beautiful and haunting as this?
    martynlangan23on September 26, 2008   Link

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