Ceremony (3:50)

Cover of Heart and Soul

From Heart and Soul and 2 other releases

“Ceremony” was one of the last Joy Division songs to be composed, with lyrics written by Ian Curtis. There are three recorded versions by Joy Division in existence. The first is a live version, available on the Still album, from their final concert at High Hall, Birmingham University on 2 May 1980, sixteen days before Curtis’ suicide. The second, available on the Heart and Soul four-disc box set is from a rehearsal tape made in April/May 1980. The third is a version recorded at the soundcheck on the afternoon of 2 May 1980 (along with “Decades”) and is only available on bootleg. In all recordings, the vocals are only partially audible.


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  • w______

    best joy division song

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • BanconIsGood

    =( triste

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Ricsard

    awesomeness, itself

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • DanielECB


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  • thommy_85

    maybe love is when you know that there are other songs and you like them a lot...but everytime you listen to that one specific song you feel like home and you listen to it again and again ...and you wouldn't mind to stick to this one song for the rest of your life

    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • bertrand-escaff

    @DonPinguin : that rythms are un-continuous

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • lilacmerveille

    wish I could drown in this song. it's perfection, indeed

    21 Sep 2012 Reply
  • DonPinguin

    sometimes I wonder what Ian would had thought of New Order

    30 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Ultra_DM_

    Моя любимая песня у JD.)

    18 May 2012 Reply
  • Vanessatraviesa

    My favorite song of all time, it's perfect in every way possible. It's affected me greatly, I can't even begin to describe how much. I will always love this

    14 May 2012 Reply
  • paulband2

    last ever joy division gig...

    27 Mar 2012 Reply
  • NoFat3


    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • thommy_85

    classy, aesthetic, soothing, natural, desperate but hopeful = true beauty

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • galiavdw

    Oh man..this song is soooooooo good

    8 Jan 2012 Reply
  • flopsided

    Fucking love this song!!!! AGHH *melts*

    7 Jan 2012 Reply
  • anton_maugli

    Песня моей депрессии. Если я все-таки суицидирую, то обязательно под эту песню.

    15 Oct 2011 Reply
  • lilacmerveille

    oh why, fucking microphones, didn't you give us ALL of those precious seconds of Ian singing..this also is and will be my favourite song to all eternity

    7 Oct 2011 Reply
  • l_destouches

    watching forever

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
  • thommy_85

    I've been calling this my favorite track of all time forever. My favorite track of all time. [2] I usually sense a strange fear that the song will end in the last 10 seconds of the Still version so i have to listen to it on repeat - over and over again

    24 Aug 2011 Reply
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