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Studio version


Walk in silence
Don't walk away in silence
See the danger
Always danger
Endless talking
Life rebuilding
Don't walk away

Walk in silence
Don't turn away in silence
Your confusion
My illusion
Worn like a mask of self-hate
Confronts and then dies
Don't walk away

People like you find it easy
Naked to see
Walking on air
Hunting by the rivers
Through the streets
Every corner abandoned too soon
Set down with due care
Don't walk away in silence
Don't walk away



Earlier studio version | Concert version

Translations: Español | Français | Italiano | Português



Line-up: Ian Curtis | Peter Hook | Stephen Morris | Bernard Sumner
Ian Curtis played the guitar, and Bernard Sumner the keyboard



When initially recorded, on Monday 4 June 1979 at the Pennine Sound Studios, the original title for this song was Chance; it was reworked and renamed Atmosphere, then recorded again in October/November 1979 at the Cargo Studios

Anton Corbijn directed the video for this song; it was shot in 1988 on a beach in the South of Spain, near Almeria

First Direct Bank used this song in one of their TV ad in Great Britain
Channel 5 also used this song as background in their TV ad for the 16 July 2003 football match in Liverpool



Live recordings

Date: October/November 1979
Studio: Cargo Studios – Rochdale (UK)
Duration: 4.08

Availability on record: Atmosphere 12" (FACUS 2/UK) | Atmosphere (FAC 213) | Heart And Soul | Licht und Blindheit | Love Will Tear Us Apart (1995) | Permanent | Substance