Song Lyric Sunday: Indy – ‘Blue Monday’

Confession time: when I saw that Jim’s theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday was Indy rock (or pop), I had to make sure that I really knew what it was. Of course I was familiar with the expression but a bit hazy on the details. 1980, after all, was getting pretty close to being after my time.

However, my suspicions were largely confirmed, helped considerably by Jim’s own choice of a Joy Division classic. My own choice comes from New Order, a group that essentially developed from Joy Division after the latter’s break-up following the suicide of Ian Curtis.

At around the time that this was released we lived close to Manchester, the beating heart of the emerging indy scene. Indeed, the founder of Factory Records himself, the late Tony Wilson, had as his day job being a regular presenter on the early evening news magazine on the local independent TV station, good old Granada.

This is a very hypnotic song, almost defining trance/dance music. Apparently, it is the biggest-selling 12″ record of all time. Be warned, it’s got a very long intro.

And no, I never went to The Hacienda.

How does it feel
To treat me like you do
When you’ve laid your hands upon me
And told me who you are

I thought I was mistaken
I thought I heard your words
Tell me how do I feel
Tell me now how do I feel

Those who came before me
Lived through their vocations
From the past until completion
They will turn away no more

And I still find it so hard
To say what I need to say
But I’m quite sure that you’ll tell me
Just how I should feel today

I see a ship in the harbor
I can and shall obey
But if it wasn’t for your misfortunes
I’d be a heavenly person today

And I thought I was mistaken
And I thought I heard you speak
Tell me how do I feel
Tell me now how should I feel

Now I stand here waiting

I thought I told you to leave me
While I walked down to the beach
Tell me how does it feel
When your heart grows cold
(Grows cold, grows cold, grows cold)

Written by Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner

Song Lyric Sunday 4 December 2022


2 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Indy – ‘Blue Monday’

  1. This is so interesting as I read about New Order when I was writing my post about Joy Division for today. I am really happy that I got a chance to listen to them, thanks for joining in again.

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