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Leonard Cohen – The Future lyrics

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 s**
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 repent repent
I wonder what they meant
When they said repent repent
I wonder what they meant
When they said 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...

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...

When they said repent repent...

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  • u
    I'm not writing my meaning I just wanted to comment on the meaning I've just read although all I can really say is wow! It all makes sense what you say I just don't think many people could or would or ever will hear lyrics and see so deeply into them which is a shame I mean I've read about buddism and such things and did interpret the song.
    Being about murder in a metaphorical way as in not actually murdering sumome but having to kill or kinda like changing things meaning the death of how things were, anyways I can't explain myself as wonderfully as you and thankyou for you in depth explanation it was both educational and very interesting and made sense and I loved it xx.
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    The future is leonard's fortelling of the new world order agenda, which he knows about 'from the inside', he knows what's going to happened to us as the future unfolods because he is apart of a select class of people who know the plan. There are people planning out our future for us and your not going to like it. Cohen's warning to us of what's to come and what's clearly already happening.
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