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Studio version

Twenty four hours

So this is permanence, love's shattered pride
What once was innocence, turned on its side
Grey cloud hangs over me, marks every move
Deep in the memory of what once was love

Oh how I realised how I wanted time
Put into perspective, tried so hard to find
Just for one moment, thought I'd found my way
Destiny unfolded, I watched it slip away

Excessive flash-points, beyond all reach
Solitary demands for all I'd like to keep
Let's take a ride out, see what we can find
A valueless collection of hopes and past desires

I never realised the lengths I'd have to go
All the darkest corners of a sense I didn't know
Just for one moment, I heard someone call
Looked beyond the day in hand, there's nothing there at all

Now that I've realised how it's all gone wrong
Got to find some therapy, this
treatment takes too long
Deep in the heart of where sympathy held sway
Got to find my destiny, before it gets too late



Peel Session version | Concert version 1 | Concert version 2

Translations: Español | Français | Italiano | Português



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



This song was created at the end of September 1979



Live recordings

Date: Monday 18–Sunday 30 March 1980
Studio: Britannia Row Studios – London (UK)
Duration: 4.24

Availability on record:
Closer | Heart And Soul | Permanent