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Wilderness

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  • details of any live performances which appear on an official release;
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Track history
Recorded in April 1979 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport
Released on Unknown Pleasures and on Heart and Soul
Live performance on July 13th 1979 at The Factory released on Heart and Soul
Live performance released from February 28th 1980 at The Warehouse, Preston

Lyrics
I travelled far and wide through many different times
[or in the Preston and H&S live versions:
  I travelled far and wide where dwell saints and kings]
What did you see there? I saw the saints with their toys
What did you see there? I saw all knowledge destroyed
I travelled far and wide through many different times

I travelled far and wide to prisons of the cross
What did you see there? The power and glory of sin
What did you see there? The blood of Christ on their skins
I travelled far and wide through many different times

I travelled far and wide where unknown martyrs died
What did you see there? I saw the one-sided trials
What did you see there? I saw the tears as they cried
They had tears in their eyes
Tears in their eyes --

Other information
Cover versions by:Released on:
Arctic FlowersCVLT Nation Sessions: Unknown Pleasures (CVLT Nation 2014)
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)
Movement: Live in Dublin (Westworld 107 2017)
Andrew LilesMind Mangled Trip Monster (Dirter Promotions CD78 2010)
Long Spiral Dreamin'Warsaw (El Colectivo Karma 011 1998)
Kuba Wandachowicz  Warszawa: Tribute To Joy Division (Kuka KR001CD 2007)

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