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Day of the Lords

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  • details of every known studio recording and every official release;
  • details of any live performances which appear on an official release;
  • my transcription of the song lyrics, noting any significant variations;
  • known cover versions by other artists, and any other interesting facts.
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Track history
Recorded in April 1979 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport
Released on Unknown Pleasures, on Permanent and on Heart and Soul
Live performance released from December 18th 1979 at Les Bains Douches, Paris

Lyrics
This is the room, the start of it all
No portrait so fine - only sheets on the wall
I've seen the nights, filled with bloodsport and pain
And the bodies obtained, the bodies obtained
Where will it end? --

These are your friends, from childhood through youth
Who goaded you on, demanded full proof
Withdrawal pain's hard - it can do you right in
So distorted and thin, distorted and thin
Where will it end? --

This is the car at the edge of the road
There's nothing disturbed - all the windows are closed
I guess you were right, when we talked in the heat
There's no room for the weak, no room for the weak
Where will it end? --

This is the room, the start of it all
Through childhood, through youth, I remember it all
I've seen the nights, filled with bloodsport and pain
And the bodies obtained, the bodies obtained
Where will it end? --

Other information
Cover versions by:  Released on:
AnnexCVLT Nation Sessions: Unknown Pleasures (CVLT Nation 2014)
Clones Theory3.5 Decades: A Joy Division Italian Tribute (Darkitalia dar001 2015)
CloudseekTransmitiendo Desde América Del Sur (Licor de Mono 2007)
Crooked NecksSomething Must Break (Handmade Birds HB-WLS023 2011)
Honeymoon StitchA Means To An End (Virgin 40660-2 1995)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Australia (Pylon 20/21 2011)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2013)
So This Is Permanence: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2015)
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Leeds (Westworld 104 2017)
IRRSA Different Story (Spazio Gerra Produzioni SGP01 2010)
Kiss The BladeThe Third Smile EP (UpScene CD 0254 2002)
MolefunkersDemo recorded for Aurora Records in 2005
NeurosisEmpty (live 7") (Allied 1990)
The Word As Law (Lookout 21CD 1991)
The Making of Allied One Two Three (Allied 50 1995)
Passion of Covers, Vol. 10 (Metropolis 2006)
Paul RolandA Tribute to Joy Division: Shadowplay (Syborgmusic sbm019 2013)
16 HorsepowerHoarse (Glitterhouse GRCD 497 2000)
Clogger (CD single) (Glitterhouse GRCD 496 2000)
A Storm of LightLatitudes Session (Latitudes GMT023 2011)
Wallenberg30 years with(out) Ian Curtis: Transmission (Infrastition Fin056 2010)
WyqmDay of the Lords (Death Agonies and Screams 7 2011)

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