Isolation
Joy Division Lyrics


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In fear every day, every evening
He calls her aloud from above
Carefully watched for a reason
Painstaking devotion and love
Surrendered to self-preservation
From others who care for themselves
A blindness that touches perfection
But hurts just like anything else

Isolation, isolation, isolation

Mother, I tried, please believe me
I'm doing the best that I can
I'm ashamed of the things I've been put through
I'm ashamed of the person I am

Isolation, isolation, isolation

But if you could just see the beauty
These things I could never describe
These pleasures, a wayward distraction
This is my one lucky prize





Isolation, isolation, isolation, isolation, isolation

Overall Meaning

The song "Isolation" by Joy Division is a haunting and introspective reflection on the struggles of the human psyche. The opening lines describe a sense of fear and desperation, as the singer calls out to someone above. This could be interpreted as a cry for help, or a plea for a deeper spiritual connection. The next line, "carefully watched for a reason," suggests that the singer is surrounded by people who are monitoring his every move, perhaps out of fear or suspicion. Despite this, he remains devoted to someone or something, and experiences both pain and beauty in equal measure.


The chorus of the song strikes a repeated refrain of "isolation," underscoring the theme of loneliness and seclusion. The final verse reveals that the singer's mother is aware of his struggles, but that he still feels ashamed of the person he has become. The final lines suggest that there is still beauty and pleasure to be found, even in a life marked by isolation and struggle.


Line by Line Meaning

In fear every day, every evening
The singer is living in constant fear and anxiety, not just during the day or night, but all the time.


He calls her aloud from above
The singer is calling out to someone, perhaps a higher power or a loved one, but it's unclear if they can hear him.


Carefully watched for a reason
The singer feels like they are constantly being monitored or scrutinized, and they don't know why.


Painstaking devotion and love
Despite the fear and uncertainty, the artist is still devoted to someone or something they love very much.


Surrendered to self-preservation
The artist has given up on trying to reach out to others and is only focused on taking care of themselves.


From others who care for themselves
The singer sees that other people are also only looking out for themselves, and this makes them feel isolated and disconnected.


A blindness that touches perfection
The singer feels like their isolation has turned them into a sort of perfect, untouched being, but this perfection is empty and painful.


But hurts just like anything else
Even though the artist may seem immune to pain, they are still human and feel hurt like anyone else.


Mother, I tried, please believe me
The artist is speaking directly to their mother and asking for her understanding, recognition, and love.


I'm doing the best that I can
Despite everything, the artist is trying their hardest to keep going and move forward.


I'm ashamed of the things I've been put through
The singer feels a sense of shame over the hardships and struggles they have experienced.


I'm ashamed of the person I am
The artist feels ashamed of who they are and what they have become because of the isolation and pain they have endured.


But if you could just see the beauty
Despite everything, the singer can still see beauty and wonder in the world around them, and they wish others could see it too.


These things I could never describe
The beauty and wonder the singer sees is beyond words and cannot be adequately explained or understood by others.


These pleasures, a wayward distraction
The beauty and wonder the singer sees are a sort of fleeting pleasure that distracts them from the pain and isolation they feel.


This is my one lucky prize
Despite everything, the beauty and wonder the artist sees are like a small, lucky reward for enduring so much pain and isolation.


Isolation, isolation, isolation, isolation, isolation
The repeated refrain highlights how the feeling of isolation is ever-present and constant throughout the song.




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

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@user-my9oj9te8m

Ooo M. G.
First time I ever heard it.
Literally couldn't help myself.
Started dancing with the chair I'm sitting in...
Isolation!

@DrDoobius

"Mother I tried please believe me
I'm doing the best that I can
I'm ashamed of the things I've been put through,
I'm ashamed of the person I am."

Nothing more relatable and tragic has ever been written.

@pjsnicms1608

My thoughts exactly everytime I hear this

@rogertoaster9385

These are definitely the most poignant lines of Isolation. This is the human condition in a nutshell, every one of us can be reduced down to our existence and how it relates to those who brought us into the world.

@sichere

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9UpEX7OpGk

@MiaPaboplanesSantos

I would comment about this verse right now. It reminds me of the day my mother told me: "I'm sorry,but you can't have contact with other people." She said that because i think everyone's against me or that everyone wants to hurt me. Those words are still very painful to me.

@Payn333

Swear

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@Frankster8039

The legacy of Joy Division is recognized by lots of younger people in today,s world . My son ( 22 ) and all his friends are big fans..

@LMLMlM1424

Actually, a global phenomenon too.

@CateringNNP

Yeah my son was too, unfortunately he died recently

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