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Twenty Four Hours

This page contains the following information about this Joy Division song:
  • 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 on November 26th 1979 at BBC Studios, Maida Vale for John Peel
Released on Second Peel Session, Peel Sessions album and Complete BBC Recordings
Live performance released from December 18th 1979 at Les Bains Douches, Paris
Live performance released from February 28th 1980 at The Warehouse, Preston
Recorded in March 1980 at Britannia Row Studios, Islington, London
Released on Closer, on Permanent, on Heart and Soul and on Best Of Joy Division

Lyrics
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 I thought I'd found my way
Destiny unfolded - I watched it slip away
[or on the Preston live album:
  Looked beyond the day in hand - I saw it slip away]

This is the second verse on the Bains Douches live album:
  Oh how I realised how I wanted time
  Put into perspective - knew I had to find
  Just for one moment I thought I heard him call
  Looked into the day in hand - there's no-one there at all

Excessive flashpoints - 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

This is the fourth verse on the Preston live album:
  Oh how I realised how I wasted time
  Looked beyond the day in hand to see what, what I find
  Just for one moment I thought I had my way
  Now the reason's ceased for life - I saw it fade away

This is the fourth verse on the Bains Douches live album:
  Oh how I realised how I hated time
  Put into perspective - thoughts I had to find
  Just for one moment I heard somebody call
  Looked into the day in hand - there's no-one 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
[or on the Bains Douches live album:
  Got to find my destiny before it slides away]

Other information
Cover versions by:Released on:
Aidan BakerGathering Blue (Equation E=mc17 2009)
Cult Of LunaPerformed live in 2008 - available on bootleg recordings
Empty LivesBalance (Ego Development 001 1997)
EnlaceTransmitiendo Desde América Del Sur (Licor de Mono 2007)
The Eternal AfflictA Change Of Speed, A Change Of Style (OVR CD0001 2015)
FatalismCVLT Nation Sessions: Closer (CVLT Nation 2015)
Fawn SpotsNew Sense / 24 Hours (Bad Paintings BP7004 2015)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2013)
So This Is Permanence: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2015)
Closer: Live in Manchester (Westworld 105 2017)
Karma To BurnKarma To Burn (Roadrunner 1685-8862 1997)
NeologosLove's Shattered Pride (Failure To Communicate 2005)
New OrderPerformed live in 2006 - available on bootleg recordings
Northern LibertiesLive Acoustic: Bar Noir (Worldeater WAR035 2006)
Joel R L Phelps and  
  The Downer Trio
Customs (12XU / Moneyshot 2004)
(this track is on a limited edition bonus CD)
Trent Reznor and
  Peter Murphy
Radio Sessions 2006 (bootleg/download)
(recorded for Radio Q101 in Chicago in July 2006)
Rufus PartyA Different Story (Spazio Gerra Produzioni SGP01 2010)
16 Horsepower16 HP (Glitterhouse GRDVD 622 2005 - DVD)
The Twilight SadKilled My Parents And Hit The Road (Fat Cat FATDA87 2008)
Vanity3.5 Decades: A Joy Division Italian Tribute (Darkitalia dar001 2014)
VersusA Means To An End (Virgin 40660-2 1995)
Warrior SoulHero (Geffen 1992 - 3-track single)
YellowfinWarsaw (El Colectivo Karma 011 1998)

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