Music and British Identity: New Order (live)


Primary members: Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert
Albums of Focus: Movement (1981), Blue Monday EP (1982)

1. New Order performing "Procession" at the Ukrainian National Home, New York City, 18 November 1981:

There is no end to this
I have seen your face
But I don't recognize all these things
You must have left behind

It's a problem, you know
That's been there all your life
I try to make you see the world without you
That just so black and white


 

At night it gets cold and you'd dearly like to turn away
The escape that fills that makes you want to turn on heel
Alone, alone, alone, alone

We can't turn away
We can't turn away
Another picture (but the scene)
Remains the same

Emotion, destruction
It's all the same to me
No matter where you are
It's all the same to me
At night

I try so hard but this attitude's
A type that won't subside
No matter what they say
Remember, your heart beats you late at night
Your heart beats you late at night
Your heart beats you late at night
Your heart beats you late at night

2. New Order performing "Truth" at the Ukrainian National Home, New York City, 18 November 1981:

Oh, it's a strange day
In such a lonely way
I saw some children dance
I watched my life in a trance

And the people around me
Seemed so glad to be here
Will my time pass so slowly
On the day that I fear?

 

 

And the noise that surrounds me
Pulls so loud in my head
From the promise that healed us
To the lies that I said

Oh, it's a strange day
In such a lonely way
Some people look down on me,
I [hope / know] they like what they see

Strange day,
Such a strange day
Such a strange day

3. New Order performing "Everything's Gone Green" at the Ukrainian National Home, New York City, 18 November 1981:

Help me, somebody help me
I wonder where I am
I see my future before me
I'll hurt you when I can

It seems like I've been here before
It seems like I've been here before
It seems like I've been here before
It seems like I've been here before
It seems like I've been here before

 

Confusion sprung up from devotion
A halo that covers my eyes
It sprung from this first estrangement
No one have I ever despised

Is this the way that you wanted to pay
Won't you show me, please show me the way
Is this the way that you wanted to pay
Won't you show me, please show me the way

Show me
Show me
Show me
Show me
Show me

 

4. New Order performing "Blue Monday" live on Channel 4's program Switch, first broadcast in April 1983 (the song was originally recorded in 1982):

..."with its rapid fire drumming, its space invader Exocet effect, its requiem vocals and its echoes of Spaghetti Western soundscapes, 'Blue Monday,' in retrospect, sounds like the perfect dance track for a pointless war."
--Len Brown, NME

"Fuck me, is that what it was about! And here's me thinking that it were about Barney [Bernard Sumner, New Order's vocalist] not wanting to get up and go to work."
--Peter Hook, New Order bassist

"'Blue Monday,' it's about nowt really. I change the words all the time, anyway, as I sing them live...not sure I can even remember the original phrases. It's just a fucking pop song, mate."
--Bernard Sumner, New Order vocalist 

"It went on to become some sort of a classic song...It's not really a song, actually, it's just like...I don't know--I don't know what it is. I don't really think of it as a song, it's just a long, a very long--it's an epic, a dance epic, and that kind of went down very well."
- Stephen Morris, New Order drummer

How does it feel to treat me like you do?
When you've laid your hands upon me
And told me who you are
I thought I was mistaken
I thought I heard your words
Tell me, how do I feel
Tell me now, How do I feel

Those who came before me
Lived through their vocations
From the past until completion
They'll turn away no more
And I still find it so hard
To say what I need to say
But I'm quite sure that you'll tell me
Just how I should feel today

I see a ship in the harbor
I can and shall obey
But if it wasn't for your misfortune
I'd be a heavenly person today
And I thought I was mistaken
And I thought I heard you speak
Tell me how do I feel
Tell me now, how shall I feel

Now I stand here waiting...

I thought I told you to leave me
While I walked down to the beach
Tell me how does it feel
When your heart grows cold