I was standing by the ocean when I saw your face
I couldn't look at you
I guess you knew it
But I never realized that we were through
And I'm down here all alone with every feeling that I own
You can't take that away
And with every breath we take
And the illusions we create will come to you someday

And I was touched by the hand of God
Never knew it
But of course I was

I never hoped to do the things in this world I wanted to
Because everything I own, it belongs to you
I've never looked at you in a sexual way in my life before
And I've never woken up like this so desperately before

And I was touched by the hand of God
Never knew it
But of course I was
I was touched by the hand of God
Never knew it
But of course I was
Touched by the hand of God
Never knew it
But of course I was
I was touched by the hand of God
Never knew it
But of course I was
I was touched (touched)
I was touched (touched)


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    This is my favorite song by new order, to me its about being truly in love with someone and being completely devoted to them and not realizing how the relationship got to the point where it needed to end.......but that's just me

    optimistic_oneon October 21, 2006   Link
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    This song has some conflicting lyrics but I try to decipher the meaning . Maybe the song is about a person who is close friends with another person of opposite sex . One day he wakes up to the fact that he is desperately in love with his friend and communicates the same to her . But is let down (that we were through) as a result he loses his friend and love of his life

    baitnswitchon August 05, 2010   Link
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    Well, you never really know with Barneys lyrics, but if you know the story, it could easily be about Joy Division's front man Ian Curtis.

    LittleBigManon April 08, 2020   Link
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    A truly breathtakingly brilliant song - one which has provided a soundtrack to my life many times over the years. For me, the song is about realising, out of nowhere, that you are desperately in love with someone who previously featured in your life in a completely different capacity, but the tragedy is the fleeting nature of the relationship, and only realising afterwards what a powerful and unique moment it was. As an aside, I strongly suspect, given the Balearic feel of the song, the mention of the ocean in the first line, and the fact that during this period New Order were writing and recording in Ibiza, that the situation that inspired the song happened to Barney amid the searingly hot, lusty climes of the Mediterranean. The crystaline, celestial, eerie keyboard lines just add to the feeling that he's living with a ghost - the spectre of the lost love that was short-lived but profoundly intense and never far from his thoughts. Truly makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up every time I hear this song.

    SJG1979on May 29, 2023   Link

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