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The title track from Cohen's ninth studio album (1992), a rocker with a gospel chorus, describes the advanced decay of our society. The singer is nostalgic for order and boundaries; without them, where does anyone belong? When the forbidden becomes commonplace, there is no mystery, no chance for illicit pleasure or even romance. Chaos negates freedom.

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  • Avatar for davidbowiegirl
    Great song! <3
  • Avatar for akkorokamui
    When they say repent, I wonder that they meant...
  • Avatar for u2theedge
    containing the theme about the apocalypse in Mr.Cohen's vision, which is expressed by a high-degree of metaphorical words, the song called "The Future" is one of his masterpieces.
  • Avatar for discmann
    Thanks Anna :-)
  • Avatar for NitaD1
    Like................... :-)
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  • Avatar for ImSunshine
    When they said REPENT REPENT I wonder what they meant .........
  • Avatar for nomoresongs
    VelBG, there's a lot more predicted on his album The Future than what's in the lyrics. That's all I'll say. This is a brilliant, beautiful, tear-jerking song which, along with Democracy and Anthem, make up the gems of my absolutely favourite Leonard Cohen album.
  • Avatar for Huffstuff420
    I've actually always appreciated Leonard's slightly faster tempo songs a bit more
  • Avatar for recursivechaos
    except for the silly "crack & anal sex"-line and his offhand simplification of abortion its a stunning song with haunting poetic imagery

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