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Old 07-29-2008, 04:12 PM
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Best Songs about the Future

The greatest song about the future would have to be Leonard Cohen's The Future, a fist in the shape of a tune.

Another classic, my favorite early Fleetwood Mac song, is Bob Welch's Future Games.

Not all future songs have such obvious titles, so there have to many others. What are your favorites?
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:22 PM
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In the year 2525.

The "MacArthur Park" of future songs.
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Que Sera Sera
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Tom Paxton's Whose Garden Was This?
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:30 PM
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Two very different songs with the same title:

Sparks: "In the Future"

We'll need some vintage vino
So wash your feet and stamp away


David Byrne: "In the Future"

In the future, everyone but the wealthy will be very happy.
In the future, everyone but the wealthy will be very filthy.
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:33 PM
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The Humans Are Dead
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:34 PM
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Eighth Day, from the film Breaking Glass.
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Old 07-29-2008, 05:32 PM
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IGY

"This dreams in sight
Youve got to admit it
At this point in time that its clear
The future looks bright
On that train all graphite and glitter
Undersea by rail"
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Old 07-29-2008, 06:54 PM
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"Love In The Year 3000" by The B-52's

Robots, bootybots, erotobots
Robots, bootybots, erotobots
Tentative tentacles are grabbing me
Were making space love in zero gravity


Sounds good, count me in!
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Old 07-29-2008, 08:00 PM
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"Love In The Year 3000" by The B-52's

Robots, bootybots, erotobots
Robots, bootybots, erotobots
Tentative tentacles are grabbing me
Were making space love in zero gravity


Sounds good, count me in!
Yay, tentacles! Is this where the line starts?



My contribution is the Flaming Lips "All We Have is Now"

As logic stands you couldn't meet a man
Who's from the future
But logic broke as he appeared he spoke
About the Future
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Old 07-29-2008, 08:18 PM
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The video's so crap, I gotta wear shades.
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.905 by The Who
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Originally Posted by Icerigger
IGY

"This dreams in sight
Youve got to admit it
At this point in time that its clear
The future looks bright
On that train all graphite and glitter
Undersea by rail"
How could I have forgotten that? Great song, great album, and I just saw the Dan in concert a couple of weeks ago and they did this.

Speaking of the B-52s:
Quote:
Wanna be the ruler of the galaxy
Wanna be the king of the universe
Let's meet and have a baby now!
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:21 PM
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Rush's "2112"

MC Frontalot's "Secrets From the Future"
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:04 PM
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Queen's '39

Completely haunting melody. It took me a long time to realize that the song was about the future. It was definitely an moment that gave it so much more depth. A folk song about space travel.
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Originally Posted by '39
In the year of '39 came a ship in from the blue
The Volunteers came home that day
And they bring good news of a world so newly born
Oh, their hearts so heavily weigh

For the earth is old and gray, little darling while away
But my love this cannot be
For so many years have gone, though I'm older but a year
Your mother's eyes, from your eyes cry to me
And then the final, lamenting line, For my life still ahead, pity me

Just tragic.


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Yay, tentacles! Is this where the line starts?
You, too, freekalatte? Have you seen The Beast With a Billion Backs? Lots of tentacle goodness there, for us tentacle lovers.

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Old 07-29-2008, 10:26 PM
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I'm a terrible Doper, olives, I have it but haven't watched it yet. (Please don't have me banned!) Will watch it ASAP, okay? Can you ever forgive me?

And I have never heard that Queen song, but methinks I need a copy. Off to Amazon.com!
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:08 AM
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Came in to post that, should have guessed it would be mentioned within six replies

Also, in a similar vein but without the comedy:

"Citizens of Tomorrow" by Tokyo Police Club
See the ruins of the old world below
That's what our ancestors left us.
Our robot masters will know
How to clean this mess up
And build a better world
For man and machine alike
For the boys and the girls
Who are slaves building spaceships at night
In the fluorescent light.
That's 2009.
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:37 AM
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Damn. The first thing I thought of was The Future by Cohen. And there it is in the OP.

How 'bout Oh You Pretty Things?
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:01 AM
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I've always liked "2000 Man" by the Stones on Their Satanic Majesties Request.
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"We'll Make Great Pets," Porno for Pyros
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After the Gold Rush by Neil Young.

Wooden Ships by CSN&Y.

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Old 07-30-2008, 11:51 AM
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1984 - David Bowie

and for a post-apocalyptic future,

(Nothing But) Flowers - Talking Heads

and then, not a song about the future, but a video set in a post-apocalyptic future,

You Got Lucky - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Old 07-30-2008, 12:45 PM
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"What in the World??..." by the Dukes of Stratosphear
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Women fight the wars
Men are too bored, they're scrubbing floors
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Old 07-30-2008, 04:58 PM
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Queen - '39
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:05 PM
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I'm ashamedly going to nominate Busted's Year 3000. Silly, silly, throwaway pop. But catchy.
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Old 07-30-2008, 07:16 PM
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The Future Soon, by Jonathan Coulton
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:28 PM
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'39 - Queen

Pretty much the entire Diamond Dogs album by David Bowie. The entire thing is set in a future that's not exactly post-apocalypse, but post-collapse (maybe just post '70s), combining Orwell's Oceania with the residual decadence of the glam period.

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Old 07-30-2008, 10:29 PM
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I've always liked "2000 Man" by the Stones on Their Satanic Majesties Request.
Especially since the line about the guy having an affair with a random computer is one of the more accurate predictions I've heard.

Jefferson Airplane had a bunch of songs (not good) about stealing a starship, right out of Heinlein. And if you consider after the war songs to be about the future, Dylans "A Hard Rain Is a Gonna Fall" and "Talking World War III Blues" are definite candidates. The latter song takes just about every WW III cliche, chews it up and spits it out in one verse.

"I lit a cigarette on a parking meter and went on down the road
Just a normal day."
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:56 AM
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"Faith of the Heart," Rod Stewart.






What?
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:53 PM
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"Living in the Future" by John Prine

We are living in the future
I'll tell you how I know
I read it in the paper
Fifteen years ago

We're all riding rocket ships
And talking with our minds
And wearing turquoise jewelry
And standing in soup lines
We're standing in soup lines...

Of course, as Prine says, he wanted to write a song about the future, but it took him 15 years to write it, so at best it's about the present.
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:51 PM
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I was dreamin' when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray
But when I woke up this mornin', could've sworn it was Judgment Day
The sky was all purple, there were people runnin' everywhere
Tryin' 2 run from the destruction, U know I didn't even care

Cuz they say 2000 zero zero party over, oops, out of time!
So 2night I'm gonna party like it's 1999!

Prince, 1999
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:13 PM
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Queen's '39
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Queen - '39
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'39 - Queen
Can we start this thread over so I can be the first one to mention this? I freakin love this song, one of my very favorite songs by one of my very favorite bands.

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Jefferson Airplane had a bunch of songs (not good) about stealing a starship, right out of Heinlein.
Blows Against the Empire was technically the first Jefferson Starship album, although it was really a vanity project by Paul Kanter. It's pretty much the same mindset that was first shown on "Wooden Ships," simultaneously released by Jefferson Airplane on the Volunteers album and Crosby, Stills, and Nash on their first album.

Just to show you what the times were like, Blows Against the Empire got a Hugo nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation. (It lost to "no award.")

Does anybody else wonder if the title was an inspiration for a certain California filmmaker who turning his student film into the dystopian future world of THX 1138 at about the same time?
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The Steve Miller Band, "(I'm A) Space Cowboy". Bet you weren't ready for that.

R.E.M., "It's The End Of The World As We Know It". And I feel fine.

Sugar Ray, "Someday". I'll look around, and wonder why you were always there for me.
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When I'm 64 - The Beatles
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Oh yeah, and how many people now 35+ years old used to think that the events depicted in Nena's 1984 hit song "99 Luftballons" (a.k.a. "99 Red Balloons") was sooner or later going to come to pass?

Mann, wer haette das gedacht
Dass es einmal soweit kommt
Wegen 99 Luftballons?


This is what we've waited for,
This is it boys, this is war!
The president is on the line,
As 99 red balloons go by...
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:31 PM
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Technically about the present, and how it isn't the future we imagined, but
"(It's the Eighties, So Where's Our) Rocket Packs" by Daniel Amos:
Quote:
It's the eighties so where's our rocket packs?
Go anywhere, we strap them on our backs

I thought by now I'd walk the moon
And ride a car without no tires
And have a robot run the vacuum
And date a girl made out of wires
(lyrics here, video here)
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The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades - Timbuk3
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The sun'll come out TOMORROW...
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probably fairly obscure, but how about Beyond Tomorrow by Stan Ridgeway?
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Another vote for Jonathan Coulton's The Future Soon. It's the geeks' revenge on the normal world:

I'll probably be some kind of scientist
Building inventions in my space lab in space
I'll end world hunger I'll make dolphins speak
Work through the daytime, spend my nights and weekends
Perfecting my warrior robot race
Building them one laser gun at a time
I will do my best to teach them
About life and what it's worth
I just hope that I can keep them from destroying the Earth

Cause it's gonna be the future soon
And I won't always be this way
When the things that make me weak and strange get engineered away
It's gonna be the future soon
I've never seen it quite so clear
And when my heart is breaking I can close my eyes and it's already
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Old 08-02-2008, 08:36 AM
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Blows Against the Empire was technically the first Jefferson Starship album, although it was really a vanity project by Paul Kanter.
No, it wasn't a Jefferson Starship album at all. Although that name appeared on the front cover as a joke, the album was properly credited to Paul Kantner alone. The rotating cast of players on that album (and a couple of other Airplane-related projects) were informally referred to as the Planet Earth Rock & Roll Orchestra (PERRO), but never Jefferson Starship. When the remaining Airplane members (minus the Hot Tuna contingent) first regrouped in 1974, Kantner and Grace Slick wanted to call the band something different, but their manager convinced them to retain the Jefferson Airplane connection, so they compromised by adopting the Jefferson Starship moniker for real.
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I dunno, see, you've got the immediate future, like next Wednesday, or just later on, and the whole sort of sci-fi futuristic future...

I like Talking Heads' Road to Nowhere (and Nothing But Flowers as already mentioned).

A little more obscure, Faith No More's Land of Sunshine:

You have a winning way, so keep it
Your future
You are an angel heading for a land of sunshine
And fortune is smiling upon you
Prepare for a series of a comfortable miracles
From fasting to feasting
And life to you is a dashing, bold adventure
So sing, and rejoice
And look for the dream that keeps coming back
Your future
Pat yourself on the back and give yourself a handshake
Cuz everything is not yet lost...
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"When I'm 64".

So there.
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I'm a committed Christian. One of my favorite songs about the future is Avalon's Picture Perfect World. http://youtube.com/watch?v=cIw1VE6Df1s

The first verse is about the Utopian/Universalist/Communist/ Humanist (name your own idealogy dream).

The last verse is about the future, after the Millenium:
"In a picture-perfect world there will be no pain,
In a picture-perfect world we'll be free
In a picture-perfect world love is not is not in vain,
And I know we'll be cared for, I know a world is prepared for, I know sooner or lateer we'll be..in a picture-perfect world."

The Bible says it, I believe it. Works for me.

Love, Phil
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ElvisL1ves, I was thinking about "When I'm 64" today. Sir Paul McCartney is 66 or so, so two past his "64" due date, do we still need him, do we still lead him now that he's older?

Personal note..I think about this because "When I'm 64" came out in 1967 or so (when I was 17 or so, so 64 was "like, ancient." Now, I'm 55, so the age of 64 is looking at me from the horizon.

How about you, "ElvisL1ves", how far are you from the age of 64?

Love, Phil
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Personal note..I think about this because "When I'm 64" came out in 1967 or so (when I was 17 or so, so 64 was "like, ancient." Now, I'm 55, so the age of 64 is looking at me from the horizon.
Hey, no fair. If you were 17 in 1967, you're like me. If you're 55 today, then you're cheating!
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Hey, no fair. If you were 17 in 1967, you're like me. If you're 55 today, then you're cheating!
Okay, sweetie, will the still need you, will they still lead you when you're 64?

Love, Phil
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In the hope that something similar might happen in the future, I will vote for Imagine by John Lennon.
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Wouldn't it be nice

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