"Warsaw" as written by Brian Eno, Ian Kevin Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris, Bernard Sumner and David Bowie....
Three, five, zero, one, two, five go!

I was there in the back stage
When the light came around
I grew up like a changeling
To win the first time around
I can see all the weakness
I can pick all the faults
Well, I concede all the faith tests
Just to stick in your throats


Hung around in your soundtrack
To mirror all that you've done
To find the right side of reason
To kill the three lies for one
I can see all the cold facts
I can see through your eyes
All this talk made no contact
No matter how hard we tried


I can still hear the footsteps
I can see only walls
I slid into your man-traps
With no hearing at all
I just see contradiction
Had to give up the fight
Just to live in the past tense
To make believe you were right


Three, five, oh, one, two, five

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"Warsaw" as written by Brian Eno Bernard Sumner

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    General Comment"Can anyone tell me what the significance of the numbers is?"

    350125 was Rudolf Hess's Prisoner of War serial number after he made his bizarre parachuting adventure into Scotland in the early 1940s. I'm not exactly sure what Rudolf Hess has to do with Warsaw (since as far as I know, he never even set foot in the place), but based on the presence of the numbers, I would say that the song itself refers to Rudolf Hess's admiration/emulation of Adolf Hitler -- his boss and onetime cellmate in the prison they were sent to after the aborted Beer Hall Putsch in the 20s -- and how his increasing dissatisfaction with Hitler's statesmanship and his prosecution of World War II eventually led him to flee the country and attempt to end the war on his own terms without even consulting his superior officer(s). Needless to say, that didn't work out so well for him.
    das blaue lichton February 16, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Warsaw begins with 350125 Go! and 31G appears in the chorus. These numbers appear to refer to Rudolf Hess's prisoner of war number 31G 350125. Around the time this song was written there was quite a lot of interest in the newspapers the prisoner who had been kept more or less in solitary confinement in Spandau prison for several decades. Some people thought he'd been punihed enough and should be released, others thought he should be left to rot."
    hahacharadeon August 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFirst Joy Division song I ever heard... sounds very different from the rest of their stuff msuically, although lyrically it has the same underlying tones...
    aldaon April 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan anyone tell me what the significance of the numbers is?
    [That sounded really pretentious. I honestly didn't mean for it to]
    mightformiracleon January 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWow. Thank you for the information!
    I am endlessly amased by Ian's knowledge of Nazi Germany. He was an intelligent chap.
    mightformiracleon March 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhat about the "3-1-G!"?
    silencekiton May 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI heard the song title came from David Bowie's song warszawa off low.As for ''3-1-G''

    3 5 0 1 2 5 go
    - - -
    JohnnyBeBadon June 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI have a feeling that 31-G actually means 31 grand which was the average cost of a one bedroom flat in manchester, england in the 80s.
    Wilf_xon September 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell, I'm assuming the song is about Rudolph Hess. I don't know very much about him, but the few things I've heard seem to fit with this song. The lines, "I was there in the backstage when first light came around" and "Hung around in your soundtrack to mirror all that you've done" could be directed at Hitler from Hess's point of view because Hess was probably in the in crowd from the beginning of the whole Nazi thing and maybe he wanted to be like Hitler. "All this talk made no contact no matter how hard I tried" could mean that he couldn't get close to Hitler or something. I heard that Hitler wasn't really into personal relationships even with his top people. The last stanza seems like it could be Hess's thoughts on being locked up in prison ("I can see only walls," "I slid into your man-traps"). I just see contradiction/Had to give up the fight/Just to live in the past tense/To make believe you were right" sounds like Hess is sitting around in prison maybe having doubts about Nazi philosophy and at some level realizing that it is contradictory but being in denial about it and telling himself that Hitler was right. I think a lot of people retreat to the past tense, to their memories, when they're in prison, because there isn't much going on in the present or the present is too unpleasant for them to deal with.
    thebodiesobtainedon January 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIts definantly about Rudolf Hess, and for the most part i believe thebodiesobtained has it right. However Hess schooled Hitler in etiquette, he introduced him into the culture, and the middle/upper-class circles they would need to win over if they were to achieve power. Ian was impressed with the all the power and influence Hitler had over the Germans. This makes the first two stanzas have a different interpretation, but i still think the you were right about the last stanza. Also, Hess killed himself at age 93 while still imprisoned.
    2c-easyon March 03, 2008   Link

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