"Leaders of Men" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris and Bernard Sumner....
Born from some mother's womb
Just like any other room
Made a promise for a new life
Made a victim out of your life

When your time's on the door
And it drips to the floor
And you feel you can touch
All the noise is too much
And the seeds that are sown
Are no longer your own

Just a minor operation
To force a final ultimatum
Thousand words are spoken loud
Reach the dumb to fool the crowd

When you walk down the street
And the sound's not so sweet
And you wish you could hide
Maybe go for a ride
To some peep-show arcade
Where the future's not made

A nightmare situation
Infiltrate imagination
Smacks of past Holy wars
By the wall with broken laws

The leaders of men
Born out of your frustration
The leaders of men
Just a strange infatuation
The leaders of men
Made a promise for a new life
No savior for our sakes
To twist the internees of hate
Self-induced manipulation
To crush all thoughts of mass salvation


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"Leaders of Men" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris, Bernard Sumner

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    General CommentTo me this song expresses several things. It expresses anger and frustration that authority figures cause when they impose their will on you. "the seeds that are sown are no longer your own."

    It also speaks of dumb people who will believe anything that they are told by polititions,teachers and other people in power. "A thousand words are spoken loud. Reach the dumb to fool the crowd."

    "When you walk down the street
    And the sound's not so sweet
    And you wish you could hide
    Maybe go for a ride...."

    This line I can really identify with. People say alot of things that are ignorant/and or disturbing and sometimes I just want to hide away from it all.
    Shock_Resistoron March 22, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've been reading some great books on WWI by Keegan, Graves, and Fussel, and I guess because of my selections, this song really reminds me of those men who were goaded into fighting the great war. What an illusion that was.
    mdbumon March 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdefinately one of my favourite joy division songs...
    wht its about, i have no idea. knowing ian curtis its probably something deep and meaningful.
    Nymphetamineon February 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis it just me, or does Ian sound a lot like David Bowie in this song? it sounds like Curtis and Bowie are singing it together. awesome song none-the-less, i love the gutiar.
    auto_suggestionon August 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've been reading some great books on WWI by Keegan, Graves, and Fussel, and I guess because of my selections, this song really reminds me of those men who were goaded into fighting the great war. What an illusion that was.
    mdbumon March 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentauto_suggestion is right. It does sound a lot like bowie.
    'When your time's on the door
    And it drips to the floor
    And you feel you can touch
    All the noise is too much
    And the seeds that are sown
    Are no longer your own'
    The build up of this bit sounds alot like David Bowie's 'Queen Bitch'
    thats what I think anyway..
    ziggy_who?on October 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOK, this isn't taking the piss, but I thought the last line was "To crush our thoughts of masturbation" which would kind of change the whole meaning. Any thoughts?
    Wallamanageon April 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the way ian sings in this song he sounds like a proper manc lad
    Xeanson August 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI fucking love Joy Division but the guitar in this song is extremely similar to Achilles Last Stand by Led Zeppelin.
    Devilbirdon January 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think at least the first half of the song is about his failing marriage and his wife having his child...

    Born from some mother's womb
    Just like any other room
    Made a promise for a new life
    Made a victim out of your life

    When your time's on the door
    And it drips to the floor
    And you feel you can touch
    All the noise is too much
    And the seeds that are sown
    Are no longer your own

    Just a minor operation
    To force a final ultimatum
    phatsk807on March 20, 2010   Link

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