The Future (6:41)

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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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  • discmann

    Thanks Anna :-)

    9 May 5:16pm Reply
  • NitaD1

    Like................... :-)

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ScepSpec


    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ImSunshine

    When they said REPENT REPENT I wonder what they meant .........

    6 Aug 2013 Reply
  • 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.

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • Huffstuff420

    I've actually always appreciated Leonard's slightly faster tempo songs a bit more

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • benberzerc

    gimme back berlin wall

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • recursivechaos

    except for the silly "crack & anal sex"-line and his offhand simplification of abortion its a stunning song with haunting poetic imagery

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • hallo_spacegirl

    holy crap, those lyrics. there are so many layers to these lyrics.

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • billiebear1

    wow such a timeless song out standstanding!

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • lfsc25

    this is one of the best songs of all times

    5 Jul 2012 Reply
  • chachachoke

    And there's an endless roadway, everyone birthing and being born, eating, dying like lover-suicides and fucking like murderers. NBK outro.

    30 Jun 2012 Reply
  • VelBG

    Surprise surprise, everything Cohen predicted is now true. "Give me crack and anal sex, take the only tree that's left and stuff it up the hole in your culture."

    8 Jun 2012 Reply
  • schmidter

    Thanks Krissi, yes.....

    22 May 2012 Reply
  • rikrijean

    ***A GREAT SONG***

    22 May 2012 Reply
  • Turnersmemo


    17 May 2012 Reply
  • SpaceyFan

    When they said REPENT, REPENT, I wonder what they meant."[2]

    13 May 2012 Reply
  • dmtal2


    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • ykim

    things sliding in all directions indeed, dont't repent though!

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Natural Born Killers!!!!!!!!!! [2] Great song, and a movie.

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
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