Love Will Tear Us Apart
Joy Division Lyrics


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When routine bites hard
And ambitions are low
And resentment rides high
But emotions won't grow
And we're changing our ways, taking different roads

Then love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again

Why is the bedroom so cold?
You've turned away on your side
Is my timing that flawed?
Our respect runs so dry
Yet there's still this appeal
That we've kept through our lives

But love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again

You cry out in your sleep
All my failings exposed
And there's a taste in my mouth
As desperation takes hold
Just that something so good just can't function no more

But love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again




Love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart are a depiction of a relationship that is falling apart. It portrays a couple that has lost their passions and ambitions, causing the resentment to grow. Despite the couple's attempts to change their ways or take different paths, love is still present, but it leads them to be torn apart again.


The bedroom being cold is a metaphor for the relationship's lack of warmth and connection. The question of whether the timing of their love was flawed is left unanswered, implying that love cannot be timed or forced. At the same time, their respect has run dry, but there's still some appeal that they've carried through their lives. It suggests that even though the relationship might not be working as it should, the love still exists.


The line, "You cry out in your sleep, all my failings exposed," shows the character's vulnerability, and how their insecurities are making them feel like they're failing in the relationship. The taste of desperation takes hold, indicating a sense of hopelessness towards their situation. The last line of the chorus being repeated is quite haunting, suggesting that no matter how much they attempt to change, love will tear them apart again.


Overall, the song's lyrics delve into the complexities of a broken relationship with a bleak outlook. It highlights the struggles of trying to sustain a love that has exhausted itself despite still having feelings for one another.


Line by Line Meaning

When routine bites hard
When everyday life becomes overwhelming


And ambitions are low
When we don't have any goals or aspirations to strive for


And resentment rides high
When we feel bitterness towards each other


But emotions won't grow
When we can't seem to deepen our emotional connection


And we're changing our ways, taking different roads
When we're growing and evolving in different ways that lead us down separate paths


Then love, love will tear us apart again
Our love will once again be the cause of our separation and downfall


Why is the bedroom so cold?
Why do we feel emotionally distant from each other?


You've turned away on your side
You have physically and emotionally moved away from me


Is my timing that flawed?
Am I the one who is causing our relationship to falter?


Our respect runs so dry
We have lost the mutual respect we once had for each other


Yet there's still this appeal
We still feel drawn to each other in some way


That we've kept through our lives
That connection has been a constant in our lives despite all the changes around us


You cry out in your sleep
Your subconscious is expressing your emotions and pain


All my failings exposed
All the ways in which I have failed you are now apparent


And there's a taste in my mouth
I am left with an unpleasant feeling or regret


As desperation takes hold
As the situation becomes more dire, desperation sets in


Just that something so good just can't function no more
Our relationship, which was once great, cannot continue to work anymore


But love, love will tear us apart again
Our love will continue to be the source of our separation and pain


Love, love will tear us apart again
Our love will once again be the cause of our separation and downfall


Love, love will tear us apart again
Our love will continue to be the source of our separation and pain


Love, love will tear us apart again
Our love will once again be the cause of our separation and downfall




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

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@ryanroberts4112

When routine bites hard and ambitions are low
And resentment rides high but emotions won't grow
And we're changing our ways, taking different roads
Then love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again
Why is the bedroom so cold? You've turned away on your side
Is my timing that flawed? Our respect runs so dry
Yet there's still this appeal that we've kept through our lives
But love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again
Do you cry out in your sleep, all my failings exposed?
There's a taste in my mouth as desperation takes hold
Just that something so good, just can't function no more
But love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again
Then love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again



@Pride317

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
When routine bites hard and ambitions are low
And resentment rides high, but emotions won't grow
And we're changing our ways, taking different roads

[Chorus]
Then love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again

[Verse 2]
Why is the bedroom so cold? You've turned away on your side
Is my timing that flawed? Our respect runs so dry
Yet there's still this appeal that we've kept through our lives

[Chorus]
But love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again

[Instrumental Break]

[Verse 3]
You cry out in your sleep, all my failings exposed
There's a taste in my mouth as desperation takes hold
Just that something so good, just can't function no more

[Chorus]
Then love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again
Then love, love will tear it apart again
Love, love will tear it apart again



All comments from YouTube:

@LOL-cringe

- 43 years ago to the day we lost Ian Curtis.
- at 23 years old he was ahead of his time. Such a talent.
- gone but never forgotten.

@dario_ta

Pronto aré lo mismo

@phantm3able

Porque?? Crees que es la única solución? La vida es linda, las flores crecen entre las espinas sin dejarse mortifica. Todos podemos hacer lo mismo.

@gregwalters391

Yes you know...worked in a jobcentre.....the night b4 they were going to USA he went....😢

@johnjackson8967

I lost a best friend to an intentional Heroin overdose, and we both attended the Tom Savini , Special Makeup Effects Course. I was crushed , when I got the call , that Billy had died. I miss him , so much . We use to listen to Joy Division every day. We both worked in the film industry.

@o0FranklySpeaking0o

What could of been we will never know, but not forgotten and New Order ❤

@LOL-cringe

- So haunting.
- the emotion is very raw.
- their sound matches the exact feeling.
- art done right.

@guiguel6085

bro u are in almost every good music video

@Superbfool

Just a band that have changed music history

@deancorso877

Once you discover this song it follows you throughout your whole life

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