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  • details of every known studio recording and every 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 on November 26th 1979 at BBC Studios, Maida Vale for John Peel
Released on Second Peel Session, Peel Sessions album and Complete BBC Recordings
Recorded in January 1980 at Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham
Released on Still and on Heart and Soul
This version was also released on the 12" Atmosphere single in 1988

Lyrics
See my true reflection
Cut off my own connections
I can see life getting harder
So sad is this sensation
Reverse the situation
I can't see it getting better

I'll walk you through the heartbreaks
Show you all the out-takes
I can't see it getting higher
Systematically degraded
Emotionally a scapegoat
I can't see it getting better
[or in the Peel version:
  I can't see it getting higher]

Perverse and unrealistic
Try to make it all stick
I can't see it getting better
[or in the Peel version:
  I can see it getting harder]
Hollow now I'm burnt out
All I need's a way out
I can't see life getting higher

Love - life - makes you feel we're higher
Love of life makes you feel higher
[or in the Peel version:
  Love - life - don't you feel higher?
  Love - life - don't you feel higher?]
Higher, higher, higher, higher --

Other information
Cover versions by:Released on:
Babel 1730 years with(out) Ian Curtis: Transmission (Infrastition Fin056 2010)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
So This Is Permanence: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2015)
The Mark of CainAttrition (El Crappo EC-013 1988)

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