Who Sang The Future? Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen The Future cover art

Some other versions of "The Future"
Credits
publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Dan Whitford
release date: 1992-11-24
genres: Rock Pop Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Synth-pop
length: 6:42
producer: Leonard Cohen
conductor: David Campbell
lead vocals: Leonard Cohen
performer: Yoav Goren and Leonard Cohen
mixer: Leanne Ungar
engineer: Leanne Ungar
arranger: Leonard Cohen
guitar: Bob Metzger
programming: Yoav Goren and Leonard Cohen
strings arranger: David Campbell
drums (drum set): Steve Meador
tambourine: Lenny Castro
background vocals arranger: Perla Batalla and David Campbell
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)



Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 The Future
  • 2 Waiting for the Miracle
  • 3 Be for Real
  • 4 Closing Time
  • 5 Anthem
  • 6 Democracy
  • 7 Light as the Breeze
  • 8 Always
  • 9 Tacoma Trailer

  • Album Information
    label: Columbia
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 074645322629
    script: Latin