81. New Order – ‘True Faith’ (1987)

“I used to think that the day would never come
I’d see the light in the shade of the morning sun
My morning sun is a drug that brings me near
To the childhood I lost, replaced by fear”

Taken from the album Substance

Also released on The Best Of New Order, The Rest Of New Order, International, Retro and Singles

UK #4, AUS #8, US #32

‘True Faith’ has what I call a “circular chorus”, which means that the chorus leads into a repetition of itself really well, and I could thus listen to the chorus on repeat forever and ever with no complaints. The most perfect New Order song and among the most wonderfully written songs I can think of, ‘True Faith’ is truly legendary. Every pop songwriter should be made to listen to this as initiation, as a clear example of quality.

Bernard Sumner has said ‘True Faith’ is about drug dependency, especially the line about people you’ve grown up with being afraid to see you now. And when you listen to the lyrics that does make sense, but it is also the type of song that can be twisted and adapted to mean a lot of things for a lot of different people. It feels more important and like it has a bigger scope that it does in reality, it feels like a song for everybody when really it is quite personal.

“I used to think that the day would never come” is one of my favourite lines because it leads into a huge chorus with such a depressing sentiment. But the key is in the “used to”. There is hope, thank goodness, and that saves ‘True Faith’ from being a total downer. Uplifting chorus and hidden sadness like so many other amazing pop songs, ‘True Faith’ lifts itself above the rest by having unbelievably well-written lyrics and a hook to die for.


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