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TITLE. LYRICS

Concert version

Passover

This is a crisis I knew had to come, destroying the balance I'd kept
Doubting and turning and moving around, wondering what will come next
Is this the role that you wanted to live? I was foolish to ask for so much
Without the protection and infancy's guard, It all falls apart at first touch

Watching the reel as it comes to a close, brutally taking its time
People who change for no reason at all, it's happening all of the time
Can I go on with this train of events disturbing and purging my mind?
Back out of my duties, when all's said and done, I know that I'll lose every time

Moving along in our god-given ways, safety is sat by the fire
Sanctuary from these feverish smiles left with a mark on the door
Is this the gift that I wanted to give? Forgive and forget's what they teach
Or pass through the deserts and wastelands once more and watch as they drop by the beach

This is the crisis I knew had to come, destroying the balance I'd kept
Moving along to the next set of lives, wondering what will come next


 

ALTERNATE LYRICS

Studio version


 

DETAILS

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


 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Passover is a Jewish feast commemorating the night when the Lord, smiting the first-born of the Egyptians, "passed over" the houses of the children of Israel


 

LIVE RECORDINGS. NOTES

Studio recording

Date: Tuesday 18 December 1979
Venue: Bains-Douches Paris (France)
Duration: unknown

Availability on record:
Note: it was the first time that this song was played live

Date: Friday 11 January 1980
Venue: Paradiso Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Duration: 2.13 (cut at the beginning)

Availability on record:
Fractured Box | Les Bains Douches 18 December 1979 | Refractured Box One

Date: Friday 8 February 1980
Venue: University College Union London (Bloomsbury) (UK)
Duration: unknown

Availability on record:

Date: Wednesday 5 March 1980
Venue: Trinity Hall Bristol (UK)
Duration: unknown

Availability on record:

Date: Tuesday 8 April 1980
Venue: Derby Hall Bury (UK)
Duration: unknown

Availability on record:
Note: vocals by
Alan Hempsall, of Crispy Ambulance

Date: Saturday 19 April 1980
Venue: Ajanta Theatre Derby (UK)
Duration: 4.43

Availability on record:

Date: Friday 2 May 1980
Venue: High Hall (University) Birmingham (UK)
Duration: 5.10

Availability on record:
Still