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Concert version

The eternal

Procession moves on, the shouting is over
Praise to the glory of loved ones now gone
Talking aloud as they sit round their tables
Scattering flowers washed down by the rain
Stood by the gate at the foot of the
Watching them pass like clouds
in the sky
Try to cry out in the heat of the moment
Possessed by a fury that burns from inside

Cry like a child, though these years make me older
With children my time is so wastefully spent
Burden to keep, though their inner communion
Accept like a curse, an unlucky deal
Played by the gate at the foot of the
My view stretches out from the fence to the wall
No words could explain, no actions determine
Just watching the trees and the leaves as they fall



Studio version



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



The idea for the title came from the film The Eternal Flames



Studio recording

Date: Thursday 17 January 1980
Venue: Plan K Brussels (Belgium)
Duration: 6.31

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Date: Monday 21 January 1980
Venue: Kant Kino Berlin (Germany)
Duration: unknown

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

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Date: Wednesday 20 February 1980 (soundcheck)
Venue: Town Hall High Wycombe (UK)
Duration: 3.10

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Date: Thursday 28 February 1980
Venue: Warehouse Preston (UK)
Duration: 7.58

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Fractured Box | Preston 28 February 1980 | Refractured Box One

Date: Friday 29 February 1980
Venue: Lyceum Ballroom London (Strand) (UK)
Duration: unknown

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Heart And Soul

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

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Note: this song was played much slower than usual, due to
Ian Curtis' fragile health