The lyrics ostensibly reflect the problems in Ian Curtis’s marriage to Deborah Curtis, as well as his general frame of mind in the time leading up to his suicide in May… Read More
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The lyrics ostensibly reflect the problems in Ian Curtis’s marriage to Deborah Curtis, as well as his general frame of mind in the time leading up to his suicide in May 1980.
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Curtis was not faithful to his wife while touring with Joy Division. Debbie remained at home with their child and Ian had an affair with a Belgian woman by the name of Annik Honoré. Ian fell in love with Annik and the affair weighed heavily on him.
The title is an ironic reference to Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together”.
More broadly interpreted, the lyrics reflect the universality of the tenuous nature of all of our relationships. Many of our careers and agenda lead us into directions away from our loved ones, and often into the arms of others we find there. Certainly the tragic story of Ian wasn’t unique among musicians or among most of us.
So when one hears “us” in this refrain, consider the term to indicate “all of us” or “both of us” or “me from the band” or “me from all of you” or “all of you from me”.
Then, love finally tore Ian apart from us, after having emotionally torn him apart, on the eve of his first trip out of Europe. Deborah Curtis had the phrase “Love Will Tear Us Apart” inscribed on Ian Curtis’s memorial stone.