SONGS

home

Index | Unseen songs | Unfinished songs | Covers | Complete list of songs | Songs by record | Translations


 

TITLE. LYRICS

Concert version

Leaders of men

Born from some mother's womb
Just like any other room
Made a promise for a new life
Made a victim out of your life
When your time's on the door
And it drips to the floor
And you feel you can touch
All the noise is too much
And the seeds that are sown
Are no longer your own

Just a minor operation
To force a final
ultimatum
A thousand words are spoken loud
Reach the dumb to fool the crowd
When you walk down the street
And the sound's not so sweet
And you wish you could hide
Maybe go for a ride
To some picture arcade
Where the future's not made

A nightmare situation
Infiltrates imagination
Smacks of past holy wars
By the wall
with broken laws

The leaders of men. Born out of your frustration
The leaders of men. Just a strange infatuation
The leaders of men. Made a promise for a new life

No saviour for our sakes
To crush
the internees of hate
Self-
induced manipulation
To crush all thoughts of mass salvation


 

ALTERNATE LYRICS

Studio version


 

DETAILS

Line-up: Ian Curtis | Peter Hook | Stephen Morris | Bernard Sumner


 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The lyrics were written by Ian Curtis around 1974/1975, long before the band was formed


 

LIVE RECORDINGS. NOTES

Studio recordings

Date: Wednesday 14 September 1977
Venue: Rock Garden Middlesbrough (UK)
Duration: unknown

Availability on record:

Date: Monday 20 November 1978
Venue: Check Inn Altrincham (UK)
Duration: unknown

Availability on record:

Date: Wednesday 14 March 1979
Venue: Bowdon Vale Youth Club Altrincham (UK)
Duration: 2.20

Availability on record:

Date: Monday 27 August 1979
Venue: Rock & Music Festival Leigh (UK)
Duration: unknown

Availability on record:

Date: Saturday 22 September 1979
Venue: Nashville Rooms London (Earls Court) (UK)
Duration: 2.31

Availability on record:

Date: Saturday 6 October 1979
Venue: Odeon Edinburgh (Scotland) (UK)
Duration: 2.31
Availability on record:

Date: Tuesday 30 October 1979
Venue: New Theatre Oxford (UK)
Duration: unknown

Availability on record: