Colony
Joy Division Lyrics


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A cry for help, a hint of anesthesia
The sound from broken homes
We used to always meet here
As he lays asleep, she takes him in her arms
Some things I have to do, but I don't mean you harm

A worried parent's glance, a kiss, a last goodbye
Hands him the bag she packed, the tears she tries to hide
A cruel wind that blows down to our lunacy
And leaves him standing cold here in this colony

I can't see why all these confrontations
I can't see why all these dislocations
No family life, this makes me feel uneasy
Stood alone here in this colony

In this colony
In this colony
In this colony
In this colony

Dear God in his wisdom took you by the hand
God in his wisdom made you understand
God in his wisdom took you by the hand
God in his wisdom made you understand

God in his wisdom took you by the hand
God in his wisdom made you understand
God in his wisdom took you by the hand
God in his wisdom made you understand

In this colony
In this colony




In this colony
In this colony

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Joy Division's "Colony" are haunting and intense, depicting a sense of desolation and despair that characterizes the band's post-punk style. The song suggests a narrative of loss and isolation, as the singer reflects on a place where he used to meet with others, but which is now abandoned and left to decay. The opening lines ("A cry for help, a hint of anesthesia / The sound from broken homes") evoke a sense of trauma and neglect, where the individual is both wounded and numbed by the harsh realities of life.


The lyrics then shift to a scene of farewell and departure, where a parent bids goodbye to a child they are sending away ("A worried parent's glance, a kiss, a last goodbye / Hands him the bag she packed, the tears she tries to hide"). The cruelty of the world is emphasized by the metaphor of the wind ("a cruel wind that blows down to our lunacy"), which seems to assail the individual and leave them stranded in a cold and desolate place.


The song ends with repeated calls to God, suggesting a need for divine intervention or salvation ("Dear God in his wisdom took you by the hand / God in his wisdom made you understand"). The sense of longing and despair is palpable, as the singer seeks solace in something beyond this world. All in all, "Colony" is a powerful meditation on the human condition, and the ways in which we cope with the difficulties of life.


Line by Line Meaning

A cry for help, a hint of anesthesia
Starting with a cry for help, which sounds very distressed and anxious, there is a hint of anesthesia, indicating that the person is trying to numb themselves.


The sound from broken homes
The sound being referred to here is not a literal sound but rather a feeling of distress coming from broken homes, indicating the impact of broken homes on people's lives.


We used to always meet here
This could be a memory from the past where two people would meet in this specific location.


As he lays asleep, she takes him in her arms
This could be referring to a moment of intimacy between two people.


Some things I have to do, but I don't mean you harm
This line could be hinting at someone being involved in something dangerous that isn't meant to harm the person they are addressing.


A worried parent's glance, a kiss, a last goodbye
This line could describe a parent saying goodbye to their child, perhaps because they are leaving for college or enlisting in the military.


Hands him the bag she packed, the tears she tries to hide
The parent is giving their child a bag they packed for their departure, and they are trying to hide their sadness and tears.


A cruel wind that blows down to our lunacy
The cruel wind symbolizes something negative or harmful that is impacting people's lives and driving them to lunacy or mental instability.


And leaves him standing cold here in this colony
Whatever is happening is leaving the person or people in question isolated and cold in this metaphorical or literal colony.


I can't see why all these confrontations
The person is confused by or doesn't understand why there are so many confrontations happening.


I can't see why all these dislocations
The dislocations referred to here could mean physical displacement or emotional upheaval or a combination of the two.


No family life, this makes me feel uneasy
The lack of a supportive family structure is causing the person to feel uneasy or anxious.


Stood alone here in this colony
The person feels isolated and alone in this colony or community.


Dear God in his wisdom took you by the hand
This line is likely a reference to death, with God taking someone by the hand and leading them away from this world.


God in his wisdom made you understand
Another reference to death, with God helping the person who has died to understand the mysteries of the universe or their own existence.


In this colony
Repeating the phrase throughout the song adds emphasis to the feeling of being isolated or trapped in this community or world.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Bernard Sumner, Ian Kevin Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris

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@Devilish_Singularity

The Fire Upside Down
Gather the knowledge!
Leave thy wake!
Bind the others!
Crash through the gates!

Place the fires above the waters.
Gather the building mists.
The mist is portal,
filled with spirits.
So communicate your final wish.

What is you destination?
What is your final desire?
What is the wish you serve?

To leave thy wake,
to gather the knowledge,
to crash the gates,
and to bind the others!
-Francis Sooner



@wedgeromewedgerome

Surreal Justice
Trust the world and you shall reap its rewards.
Reality is a modern art movement.
Speak honestly and people will love you for it.
The vast truth is more twisted, misaligned, gnarled, and formless.
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Integrity in engineering sells products not advertising.
Architecture dreams of math.
Art is intuitive and automatic.



@lever.theeyeofthesource

The Witch Expression
Mirna's mind is an icy battle
calling forth all sorts, all people,
dicey demons, angels, agents,
to drive upon her enemy.
She's sitting cross-legged on the floor,
her expression is fated blank.
There's someone she can't quite explain,
project up high to overthrow.
Then society closes in,
she's withdrawn to a witch battle
so she's lost in scatterbrains,
as a limply laying expression.
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@Devilish_Singularity

The Black Bishop "A Competitive Genesis of the Mysteries"
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"As above, so below." -Thoth

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3. The more you know, the less you show. This especially concerns those who dream.
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10. "As above, so below" has to do with the digestion of information which requires relaxed humility. Christianity tried to monopolize it through humility to the Bible, thus imparting torture to millions.
-Francis Blake



All comments from YouTube:

@gamecat1923

A cry for help, a hint of anaesthesia has to be one of the greatest opening lines ever.

@thedoc1210

after listening to Closer for forty years and loving it, the production and music never ceases to amaze me.

@MarcioSilva-ssiillvvaa

Same here. The more I listen to it, the more it sounds flawless.

@beastieboy9286

Never heard a record sound so perfect and crystal clear beats any crap george martin done anyday of the week.

@marguskiis7711

It still sounds damn futuristic!

@alhopkins185

That bass line...

@dikbozo

Metal as it could have been. So hard and perfect.
Been listening since IDK when, this bass line sucks me in and threatens to pull my lungs out. As it should be.

@pizzalazio2280

... is sick

@sgtxbox

Joy Division, a group of young men not realizing the masterpieces they were creating with their angst.

@ak47is

They thought they were already grown up adults and they were already fed up with life, Specially Ian

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