I'm back in Liverpool
And everything seems the same
But I worked something out last night
That changed this little boy's brain

A small piece of advice
That took twenty-two years in the making
And I will break it for you now
Please learn from my mistakes
Please learn from my mistakes

Let's dance to Joy Division
And celebrate the irony
Everything is going wrong
But we're so happy

Let's dance to Joy Division
And raise our glass to the ceiling
'Cause this could all go so wrong
But we're so happy
Yeah, we're so happy

So, if you're ever feeling down
Grab your purse and take a taxi
To the darkest side of town
That's where we'll be

And we will wait for you
And lead you through the dance floor
Up to the DJ booth
You know what to ask for
You know what to ask for

Go ask for Joy Division
And celebrate the irony
Everything is going wrong
But we're so happy

Let's dance to Joy Division
And raise our glass to the ceiling
'Cause this could all go so wrong
But we're so happy
Yeah, we're so happy

Let the love tear us apart
I found the cure for a broken heart
Let it tear us apart

Let the love tear us apart
I found the cure for a broken heart
Let it tear us apart (let it tear us apart)

So, let the love tear us apart
I found the cure for a broken heart
Let it tear us apart (let it tear us apart)

So, let the love tear us apart
I found the cure for a broken heart
Let it tear us apart, let it tear us apart, let it tear us apart

Let's dance to Joy Division
And celebrate the irony
Everything is going wrong
But we're so happy

Let's dance to Joy Division
And raise our glass to the ceiling
'Cause this could all go so wrong
But we're so happy
Yeah, we're so happy

So happy
Yeah, we're so happy
So happy
Yeah, we're so happy


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Let's Dance to Joy Division Lyrics as written by Matthew Edward Murphy Daniel Joseph Haggis

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  • +4
    General CommentThey've even said the title and lyrics could be tweaked to be "let's dance to Radiohead... or Cure"
    Every Joy Division fan needs to chill, this song is defiantly celebrating the music they made.

    The idea is the irony in dancing to dark music with cynical subject matter. Joy Division fits that description, so this song basically shows off the irony of dancing to dark songs, with a happy sound.
    superflyturneron December 12, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think this song's mint, i never thought of it as offensive to Joy Division in any way untill reading this, and don't think it is meant to be or is offensive in anway. Besides, if music wasn't controversial we'd all still be listening to symphonies. And I don't mean the bittersweet variety.
    bemybabyon November 12, 2007   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionOkay for those Wombat haters and Joy Division lovers. If I had not found "Moving to New York" by The Wombats I would have never discovered "Let's Dance to Joy Division" thus researching Joy Division on the internet and discovering what a great story that was Joy Division. One thing for sure, had you haters and lovers not had your own opinion I would have never researched Joy Division to see what all the fuss is about.
    Everyone's a winner winner chicken dinner! :D *adds song to playlist*
    Bartikkyon April 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually, i'm a Joy Division fan AND i like this song, it makes me happeh, i don't understand why everyone's bashing the Wombats?
    seriously, FOAD whiners.
    poehaon November 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh for Gods sake. What is wrong with you people? I'm a Joy Division fan too, and I'm not a teenager, and I love this song.

    Are you so thick you don't get the irony? Why can't a band write a song about a band THEY like? It's like Robbie Williams doing that awful Madonna song, or the Scouting for Girls song that talks about Elvis. For crying out loud, if all these bands wrote about was alcohol and drugs and girls, you'd be whinging too. I think it's refreshing for a band to write about something different to these things and if you can't actually READ/LISTEN to the lyrics and work out what they're saying like everyone's commented on, ie. the whole irony of dancing to Joy Division, then there's something wrong with you, or you're extremely uneducated or narrow minded.

    Do you honestly think the band would have been offended if they had heard this song? They'd probably love it/laugh at it. It's like me writing a song about how me and my mates used to get slaughtered and have a dance in a nightclub to The Smiths! And if I did, I'd write to Morissey myself and ask him what he thought about it and when he told me it was hilarious, or ironic or whatever, I'd make sure I put that in the sleeve of my CD so that all The Smiths fans who kicked up a fuss would read it and shut the hell up.
    SammyKittenon January 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it has something to do with the band "Joy Division". Their songs aren't excactly very dance songs, and that's the part 'celebrate the irony', 'cause it's quite ironic to call a band Joy Division when their songs aren't very joyful.
    Waplion March 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like The Wombats, and I like Joy Division. I really don't se the issue, it's just a tribute to a great band. I think the song is all about being optimistic even though things aren't going your way. Brilliant! So really, stop whining and, errr, dance to Joy Division, which obviously makes those somewhat obstinate fans happy. Win-win.
    captainchaoson November 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love Joy Division and I have nothing against this band.
    But it really annoys me when people see a celebrity wearing a t shirt with a bands' name on and they go out and buy the same one, even though they have never heard of the band or ever listen to it. Grrrrrr.....
    cheesecheese27on February 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk guys, really?
    It doesn't really matter if you like the song or not, everyone has different music tastes. And to some people lyrics don't really matter, just the music. And another thing, there is no BAD music, just because you don't like it doesn't mean everyone has to agree with you. I'm sure someone out there likes it. And there's no need to be all rude about it. Everyone is different. And MAYBE the lyrics are a bit rude, but maybe they're really not. Maybe they have some deep intellectual meaning or something. What do we know? We didn't write it.
    Varningon April 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat tune. amazing full blast at a party.
    ..Becci..on November 04, 2007   Link

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