Ian Curtis’ Handwritten Lyrics for “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

Ian Curtis’s handwritten lyrics for Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”


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. The title is an ironic reference to “Love Will Keep Us Together”. Deborah Curtis had the phrase “Love Will Tear Us Apart” inscribed on Ian Curtis’s memorial stone.