25 May 2017
Drinking in the sun 
New Order - Blue Monday lyrics (Sunkist version)

These are the original handwritten lyrics to the famous undone Sunkist version of Blue Monday (and they're also transcribed below) together with a visual reminder of how much money the band turned down ($100,000). Both items are part of the Tony Wilson archive at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

How does it feel
When a new day has begun
When you're drinking in the sun
Sunkist is the one

When you need a taste for living
Sunkist is the one
How do you feel
Tell me now how do you feel

New Order - Blue Monday lyrics (Sunkist version) - $100000

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