So long sitting here, didn't hear the warning
Waiting for the tape to run
We've been moving around in different situations
Knowing that the time would come
Just to see you torn apart
Witness to your empty heart
I need it
I need it
I need it

Through the wire screen
The eyes of those standing outside looked in at her
As into the cage of some rare creature in a zoo
In the hand of one of the assistants she saw the same instrument
Which they had that morning inserted deep into her body
She shuddered instinctively
No life at all in the house of dolls
No love lost
No love lost

You've been seeing things in darkness, not in learning
Hoping that the truth will pass
No life underground, wasting never changing
Wishing that this day won't last
To never see you show your age
To watch until the beauty fades
I need it
I need it
I need it

Lyrics submitted by Brutin, edited by ianstuart

No Love Lost Lyrics as written by Ian Kevin Curtis Bernard Sumner

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  • +4
    General CommentYes, really.

    Joy Division took their name from the novel "The House Of Dolls" by Jewish author Ka-Tzetnik 135633 (real name Yehiel De-Nur), an Auschwitz survivor (his pen name means "Concentration Camper", and 135633 was his number). He wrote about the horrors committed by the nazis. "The House Of Dolls" is about 'Joy Division' - Jewish women in concetration camps who were made into sex slaves for the pleasure of Nazi soldiers. He claimed it was inspired by the fate of his younger sister who did not survive the Holocaust.

    The spoken part from 'No Love Lost' is taken directly from the book.
    nightanddayon June 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song seems to be a tribute to an author that ian curtis might have been fond of
    children on stunon February 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has such a cool intro, and is very different to the other jd songs cos its spoken, well half spoken, but i really do like it.
    bloc_party15on April 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes well, the book is the same book he took the name joy division from (i think)
    zodinon May 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTheir punkiest song - I actually thought it was the Buzzcocks when I first heard it

    Miss ya Ian
    bkat004on May 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeconding what user Nightandday said, Hes right. I have read the book (Hence my user name) and would definately recommend the book to Joy Division fans, You can tell it had really influenced Ian's music.
    House_Of_Dollson May 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^actually, the phrase "no love lost" is used to show enmity. no respect or admiration towards (something/someone). it's a completely different idiom.…
    T.C.on October 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't know where the 'two-way mirror in the hall' part came from?
    as for the song, hands down makes up the best scene in the movie. The jacket was real.
    minuetteon October 08, 2012   Link
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    General CommentDirectly refers to the book "The House Of Dolls" and experiences of female exploits in concentration camps

    "In the hand of one of the assistants she saw the same instrument
    Which they had that morning inserted deep into her body.
    She shuddered
    No life at all in the house of dolls."

    Sadly, I think this is referring to a man who had raped the protagonist earlier brandishing his penis to rape her or another women in the "Joy Division" Nazi whorehouse.
    FrazLinkon November 25, 2013   Link
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    laurelinwyntreon July 15, 2008   Link

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