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The Only Mistake

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Track history
Recorded in April 1979 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport
Released on Still, on Permanent and on Heart and Soul
Also released on some versions of the 1988 Atmosphere single
Recorded on June 4th 1979 at Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham for Piccadilly Radio
This version released only on Heart and Soul
Live performance on July 13th 1979 at The Factory released on Heart and Soul

Lyrics
Made the fatal mistake like I did once before
A tendency just to take, till the purpose turned sour
Strain - take the strain - these days we love --
[or in the Piccadilly Radio version:
  Change - feel the change - the change we love -- ]

Yeah, the only mistake was that you ran away
Avenues lined with trees planned your course for today
Yeah, the only mistake - like I made once before
Yeah, the only mistake - could have made it before
Strain - take the strain - these days we love --
[or in the Piccadilly Radio version:
  Change - feel the change - the change we love -- ]

And the only mistake led to rumours unfound
Led to pressures unknown - different feelings and sounds
Yeah, the only mistake - like I made once before
Yeah, the only mistake - could have made it before

Other information
Cover versions by:Released on:
Explosivos AcmeWarsaw (El Colectivo Karma 011 1998)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
So This Is Permanence: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2015)
Tanit30 years with(out) Ian Curtis: Transmission (Infrastition Fin056 2010)

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