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Thieves Like Us is the seventh single by New Order, released in April 1984.

Song and Cover

Thieves Like Us is a quiet synthpop piano, written by Arthur Baker. New Order said they got the title from a 1974 film Thieves Like Us, although this was actually John "Jellybean" Benitez's idea.

The numbers on the cover were thought to have some meaning, but the band actually got it from a game. The lack of a number seven and TLU being the 7th single was coincidental. The center of the sleeve is a metaphysical painting inspired by Giorgio di Chorico.

An instrumental remix was made by Arthur Baker, and is the B-side to Murder.

It's B-side has always been Lonesome Tonight. It has been the B-side to a 1985 release of Blue Monday.

They played it live in New York. When they met no applause, Bernard Sumner said, "You all must be Americans."

Lyrics

I've watched your face for a long time
It's always the same
I've studied the cracks and the wrinkles
You were always so vain
Well, now you live your life like a shadow
In the pouring rain
Oh, it's called love
Yes, it's called love
Oh, it's called love
And it belongs to us
Oh, it dies so quickly
It grows so slowly
But when it dies, it dies for good
It's called love
And it belongs to everyone but us

I've lived my life in the valleys
I've lived my life on the hills
I've lived my life on alcohol
I've lived my life on pills
But it's called love
And it belongs to us
It's called love
And it's the only thing that's worth living for
It's called love
And it belongs to us
It's called love
Yes it's called love

Oh, love is found in the east and west
But when love is at home, it's the best
Love is the cure for every evil
Love is the air that supports the eagle
It's called love
And it's so un-cool
It's called love
And somehow it's become unmentionable
It's called love
And it belongs to every one of us
It's called love
And it cuts your life like a broken knife 
It's called love, love, love love love
And it belongs to every on of us
It's called love, love, love love love
And it belongs to every one but us
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New Order - Thieves Like Us

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