“Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division

“Love Will Tear Us Apart” is a song by the British post-punk band Joy Division. It was written in August 1979. The lyrics reflects the problems in Ian Curtis’s marriage to Deborah Curtis, as well as his general frame of mind in the time leading up to his suicide in May 1980.

The lyrics describe a love that was once strong but has undergone some deep and apparently irreconcilable divisions. There is a reference to the epileptic seizures in the lyrics that Ian Curtis was suffering with at the time. Curtis came up with the song’s title as a sarcastic response to Captain & Tennille’s hit “Love Will Keep Us Together.” The song’s primary focus is his troubled relationship with his wife, his teenage love, Debbie. Curtis was not faithful to his wife while touring with Joy Division. Debbie remained at home with their child and Ian had an affair with a Belgian woman by the name of Annik Honore. Ian fell in love with Annik and the affair weighed heavily on him.

Lyrics:
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.

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

Why is the bedroom so cold?
Turned away on your side.
Is my timing that flawed?
Our respect run so dry?
Yet there’s still this appeal,
That we’ve kept through our lives.

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…
Gets a taste in my mouth
As desperation takes hold.
Why is it something so good
Just can’t function no more?

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 up apart again.

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