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TITLE. LYRICS

TV version

Transmission

Radio, live transmission

Listen to the silence, let it ring on
Eyes, dark grey lenses, frightened of the sun
We would have a fine time living in the night
Left to blind destruction, waiting for our sight

We would go on as though nothing was wrong
And hide from
these days we remained all alone
Staying in the same place, staying out the time
Touching
from a distance, further all the time
Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance to the radio

Well I could call out when the going gets tough
The things that we learned are no longer enough
No language, just sound, is all we need know
To synchronise love to the beat of the show
And we could dance
Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance to the radio


 

ALTERNATE LYRICS

Earlier studio version | Later studio versions | Peel Session version | Concert version


 

DETAILS

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


 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Deborah Curtis took a sentence of this song to entitle her book, Touching from a distance


 

TV RECORDING. NOTES

Studio recordings | Live recordings

Date: Saturday 15 September 1979
TV show
: Something Else, BBC2 TV Manchester (UK)
Duration: 3.15

Availability on record:
The Complete BBC Recordings
Availability on video: Transmission | Substance (unofficial video)