- Many Joy Division songs are Tear Jerkers, but when Ian sings "For entertainment they watch his body twist / Behind his eyes he says, 'I still exist.'" in "Atrocity Exhibition," and you remember about his epilepsy, you could definitely by forgiven for crying. The rest of the lyrics in the song do not help at all.But the sickness is drowned out by cries for more
Pray to God, make it quick, watch him fall.
- "Isolation" has an incredibly moving and personal verse that will move you to tears if you're unprepared. It sounds like Ian is unable to move past some sort of past trauma and any attempt to do so just deepens his feelings of self-loathing.Mother, I tried, please believe me.
I'm doing the best that I can.
I'm ashamed of the things I've been put through.
I'm ashamed of the person I am.
- "Heart and Soul", "Twenty Four Hours", "Ceremony", "In a Lonely Place", and "Atmosphere" also qualify for this.
- "Ceremony" especially, being the very last song Ian recorded with the band (specifically a studio rehearsal conducted just four days before his death). The vocals on Joy Division's surviving recordings of it may be near-inaudible, but that doesn't stop the song from giving off a hauntingly depressive vibe.
- "The Eternal", which just screams Ian's own funeral.
- "Love Will Tear Us Apart". Also, "The Eternal" and "Decades", the combination of which a music critic called "suicide notes set to music."
- The band members' reaction to Ian's suicide can be considered this as well. For one thing, they didn't know he was at the verge of suicide. They all have publicly regretted not realizing what Ian was feeling, especially Stephen, who feels they could have prevented Ian's death.
- Arguably Ian's death holds a big curtain over the band. The pressure of a growing band mixed with his depression/epilepsy and his collapsing marriage with Deborah just kept pushing him over the edge until he took his life, leaving behind a dark legacy of his haunting and sad (and often terrifying) lyrics, coupled with leaving behind his daughter. Damn.
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