"Interzone" as written by Ian Kevin Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris and Bernard Sumner....
I walked through the city limits,
Someone talked me in to do it,
Attracted by some force within it,
Had to close my eyes to get close to it,
Around a corner where a prophet lay,
Saw the place where she'd had a room to stay,
A wire fence where the children played
Saw the bed where the body lay,
And I was looking for some friends of mine.
And I had no time to waste.
Yeah, looking for some friends of mine.

The cars screeched hear the sound on dust,
Heard a noise just a car outside,
Metallic blue turned red with rust,
Pulled in close by the building's side,
In a group all forgotten youth,
Had to think, collect my senses now,
Are turned on to a knife edged view
Find some places where my friends don't know,
And I was looking for a friend of mine,
And had no time to waste.
Yeah, looking for some friends of mine.

Down the dark streets, the houses looked the same,
Getting darker now, faces look the same,
And I walked round and round.
No stomach, torn apart,
Nail me to a train.
Had to think again,
trying to find a clue, trying to find a way to get out!
Trying to move away, had to move away and keep out.


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

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    General CommentTo clarify a little, the song is an apparent homage to Naked Lunch (no "The") by William S. Burroughs. The book is partially set in The Interzone, an imaginary location which was Burroughs' own way of expressing themes that are also very prevalent in Joy Division's music: claustrophobia, paranoia, fear of authoritarian control, rebellion against societal norms of being, and the sense of everyday life as a sort of exotic living nightmare.

    The original working title of Naked Lunch was Interzone, and there is also a published book called The Interzone, which is a collection of letters and short stories, but it does include a portion of the original working manuscript for Naked Lunch.

    Anyway, read Naked Lunch and you'll find more than a few parallels between Burroughs' worldview and the one expressed in Joy Division's songs. It's no surprise that Ian Curtis was a fan of his writing.

    For the trivia-minded, Joy Division even played a gig alongside Burroughs (and Cabaret Voltaire) on October 16th, 1979, at which Ian met Burroughs in person.
    miesvanderroboton April 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song! So underrated. The lyrics are amazing.
    -jess
    jessepenceon January 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think its a tribute song to williams burroughs a writer who ian curtis was a big fan of the title of the song interzone is after the setting in which a series of william burroughs book ocure
    children on stunon February 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYes, thank you "miesvanderrobot" for that great trivia info...that is mind blowing...I knew about "The Interzone" reference...and "Interzone" is short form for "International Zone"...this is what the expats called Tangier in the '50 and '60s because it was a "melting pot" of artists, writers and junkies from all over the world. But I think there are lyrical references to JG Ballard's novels "Crash" and "Vermilion Sands" and the two writers are juxtoposed by Ian Curtis..."The cars screeched..and turned on to knife edged view", etc...
    hemlockroadon March 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is pretty similar to the song Problems by the Sex Pistols, the riff is almost the same.
    DefinietlyMaybeon July 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgetting darker now...faces look the same

    Oooooo everyday life. wicked
    SelfPityMeSoPitifulon June 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is definately one of my favorite Joy Division songs... I love the feel of it, it's kind of manic. Even so, I have no idea what it means, or even if it means anything. ^__^;;
    Telephonneon December 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think its a tribute song to Williams burroughs a writer who Ian curtis was a big fan of the title of the song interzone is after the setting in which a series of William burroughs books occur
    children on stunon February 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe Naked Lunch.
    Cynothoglyson February 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthank you for shedding some light on the situation, miesvanderrobot
    poetic_fireon December 05, 2006   Link

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