The Future

Album: The Future (1994)
  • Give me back my broken night
    My mirrored room, my secret life
    It's lonely here,
    There's no one left to torture
    Give me absolute control
    Over every living soul
    And lie beside me, baby
    That's an order

    Give me crack and anal sex
    Take the only tree that's left
    And stuff it up the hole
    In your culture
    Give me back the Berlin wall
    Give me Stalin and St. Paul
    I've seen the future, brother
    It is murder

    Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
    Won't be nothing
    Nothing you can measure anymore
    The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
    Has crossed the threshold
    And it has overturned
    The order of the soul
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant

    You don't know me from the wind
    You never will, you never did
    I'm the little Jew
    Who wrote the Bible
    I've seen the nations rise and fall
    I've heard their stories, heard them all
    But love's the only engine of survival
    Your servant here, he has been told
    To say it clear, to say it cold
    It's over, it ain't going
    Any further
    And now the wheels of heaven stop
    You feel the devil's riding crop
    Get ready for the future
    It is murder

    Things are going to slide
    Slide in all directions
    Won't be nothing
    Nothing you can measure anymore
    The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
    Has crossed the threshold
    And it has overturned
    The order of the soul
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant

    There'll be the breaking of the ancient
    Western code
    Your private life will suddenly explode
    There'll be phantoms
    There'll be fires on the road
    And the white man dancing
    You'll see a woman
    Hanging upside down
    Her features covered by her fallen gown
    And all the lousy little poets
    Coming round
    Tryin' to sound like Charlie Manson
    And the white man dancin'

    Give me back the Berlin wall
    Give me Stalin and St. Paul
    Give me Christ or give me Hiroshima
    Destroy another fetus now
    We don't like children anyhow
    I've seen the future, baby
    it is murder

    Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
    Won't be nothing
    Nothing you can measure anymore
    The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
    Has crossed the threshold
    And it has overturned
    The order of the soul
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant

    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent) Writer/s: Leonard Cohen
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Lige from The OzarksAnd the white man dancing...
  • Jimmy from Belfast, United Kingdomit's a really powerful way to end that film..a brilliant title track given the nature of the movie but gawd is it bleak.
  • Chad Dylan from Los Angeles, CaOmg. I heard this song in 'Natural Born Killers'.
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