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TITLE. LYRICS

TV version

Shadowplay

To the centre of the city where all roads meet, waiting for you
To the depths of the ocean where all hopes sank, searching for you
Moving through the silence without motion,
waiting for you
In a room with a window in the corner, I found truth

In the shadowplay, acting out your own death, knowing no more
As the assassins all grouped in four lines dancing on the floor
And with cold steel, odour on their bodies,
made a move to connect
I could only stare in disbelief as the crowd all left

I did everything, everything I wanted to
I let them use you for their own ends
To the centre of the city in the night,
waiting for you


 

ALTERNATE LYRICS

Earlier studio version | Later studio version | Concert version


 

DETAILS

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


 

TV RECORDING. NOTES

Earlier studio version | Later studio recording | Live recordings

Date: Wednesday 20 September 1978
TV show
: Granada Reports, Granada TV Manchester (UK)
Duration: 3.41

Availability on record:

Availability on video: Punk (compilation by Warner, 1992)


 

MEMORIES

Classic songs like Shadowplay jostled for position against amateurish compositions like Novelty, which were written before each member of the band had discovered his own particular forte within the group's collective structure
(Source: Deborah Curtis Touching from a distance)