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#1 Guest_fuzzywuzzy6_*

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 12:43 AM

The future is here, and it is a strange and wonderful and very troubling place. (There must be a song somewhere that expresses that sentiment.)

I don't have any prizes to give anyone, except for my boundless gratitude, but I have enjoyed a couple of the associational games played at BC. I am one of those folks who love songs, but can never remember the lyrics. I love fiction, non-fiction, and used to read a lot of poetry, but I could never remember the epigrams or allusions, so I can't give my statements the rich texture I would like.

"If music be the food of life, play on." I think music is more like the background fabric of life. It gives us a context and inspires memories.

SO: what songs fit this description: "The future is here, and it is a strange and wonderful and very troubling place."

Albums are also acceptable, or eras from particular bands.

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 01:57 AM

This may not be for you, but it was the first one I thought of: meaning some things never change. Written in 1963 and released in 1964 it "captured the spirit of social and political upheaveal that characterized the 1960s." (Wikipedia)

The song is still relevant today-the future from the 1960's to today hasn't changed very much.
We still echo the same sentiments today. And always the times are a-changing.

The Times They Are A-Changin'

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.


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Posted 25 November 2008 - 10:08 AM



The Merry Minuet

by Sheldon Harnick

(Sung by the Kingston Trio)


They're rioting in Africa, They're starving in Spain

There's hurricanes in Florida, And Texas needs rain

This whole world is festering with unhappy souls

The French hate the Germans, The Germans hate the Poles

Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch

And I don't like anybody very much

But we can be tranquil and thankful and proud

For Man's been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud

And we can be certain that some lovely day

Someone will set the spark off...and we will all be blown away

They're rioting in Africa, There's strife in Iran

What Nature doesn't do to us will be done by our Fellow Man



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The future is the past?


I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!


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Posted 25 November 2008 - 01:02 PM

:thumbsup: (I think that's a shout out emoticon.) those are both great songs, Thanks, Evie and John. I hadn't heard or read the song before that John posted, but it is also a great one.

After I read your two posts, I suddenly remembered a ubiquitous tv jingle: "Cotton--the fabric of our lives." And here I was so satisfied with my metaphor. Songs do for me what madeleines did for Proust, and of course, that conjures memories of "Tapestry" by Carole King.

When I started the topic, I was thinking more along the lines of fantasy/science fiction folk rock songs. There were a lot of groups active in the '60's and '70's, including the early Genesis with Peter Gabriel. I was into folksy stuff and soft rock, but never got into the sci fi/fantasy song genre at the time (professional, not filk). But any genre song would do, and hopefully some will be a little upbeat in some places. Sort of where we are in the world right now, filled with hope one moment. trepidation the next, and wondering where all this flux will take us.
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Posted 25 November 2008 - 03:22 PM

Ah, maybe you were looking for something like this, then:


In The Year 2525
(Zager And Evans)

In the year 2525
If man is still alive
If woman can survive
They may find
In the year 3535
Ain't gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lies
Everything you think, do, and say
Is in the pill you took today

In the year 4545
Ain't gonna need your teeth, won't need your eyes
You won't find a thing to chew
Nobody's gonna look at you

In the year 5555
Your arms are hanging limp at your sides
Your legs got nothing to do
Some machine is doing that for you

In the year 6565
Ain't gonna need no husband, won't need no wife
You'll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long glass tube' Whoooa

In the year 7510
If God's a-comin' he ought to make it by then
Maybe he'll look around himself and say
Guess it's time for the Judgement day

In the year 8510
God is gonna shake his mighty head then
He'll either say I'm pleased where man has been
Or tear it down and start again

In the year 9595
I'm kinda wondering if man is gonna be alive
He's taken everything this old earth can give
And he ain't put back nothing

Now it's been 10,000 years
Man has cried a billion tears
For what he never knew
Now man's reign is through
But through eternal night
The twinkling of starlight
So very far away
Maybe it's only yesterday

In the year 2525
If man is still alive
If woman can survive
They may thrive
In the year 3535
Ain't gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lies
Everything you think, do or say
Is in the pill you took today


I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!


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Posted 25 November 2008 - 10:49 PM

No Future In The Past Alan Parsons

Yesterdays come easy
They're looking back at you
The sun will rise tomorrow
There's nothing you can do
It's the same old story
Coming round again
What is done is done now
You know you can't hold back the rain

Chorus
And there's no future in the past
So take it slow you're getting nowhere fast
You could be saving the situation now
You'd better run like the devil if you still know how

You know the tide is turning
It's got you on the run
Your last bridge is burning
No time for having fun
Time will wait for no one
To get their day's work done
We're in this boat together
You know one and one and one ain't one

Chorus

We've come a long long way
Maybe one day you'll see the light
But don't let it die
Don't let it fade away into the night

Yesterdays come easy
They're looking back at you
The sun will rise tomorrow
There's nothing you can do
It's the same old story
Coming round again
What is done is done now
You know you can't hold back the rain

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 11:14 PM

Buffalo Springfield

"For What It's Worth"


There's something happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down


There's battle lines being drawn
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind
I think it's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down

What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side
It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away

We better stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, now, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
The early bird may get the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.

You are never defeated until you admit it. Gen. Patton

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 11:47 PM

I'll have to look up the lyrics on some of mine as I don't know what they're saying unless I look up the translations for the lyrics :thumbsup:

Why? Because I listen to mostly Japanese songs....then there's a few latin based lyrics, a couple Russian, and one English track on my mp3. After that, the rest are instrumental stuff.

...so...yeah :flowers:

"Ototo'i wa usagi o mita no...Kino wa shika...Kyo wa anata." -Kotomi Ichinose (Clannad) [see below for translation]
"Day before yesterday I saw a rabbit, and yesterday a deer, and today, you." -The Dandelion Girl
"You are not alone, and you are not strange. You are you, and everyone has damage. Be the better person." -Katawa Shoujo


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Posted 26 November 2008 - 12:13 AM

Sort of where we are in the world right now, filled with hope one moment. trepidation the next, and wondering where all this flux will take us.
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(The first line of the chorus will tell you HOW we get there)

Third Rock From The Sun (Joe Diffie. upbeat song)

She walks into Smokey's one hip at a time
Like a broken field runner slippin' through the line
He likes the way she looks so he calls the little wife says
"Don't wait up for me I'll be workin' late tonight"
Wife hangs up the phone, bursts into tears
Calls her sister up and cries "Get over here"

Sister tells her boyfriend be back in awhile
Boyfriend wants a beer, the store is just a mile
He leaves the motor running he'll only be a minute
His car drives away with teenagers in it
The driver tells his buddies, got one life to live
They scream into the night "Let's get it over with"

'Cause and effect, chain of events
All of the chaos makes perfect sense
When you're spinning round, things come undone
Welcome to Earth 3rd rock from the Sun

The kid guns the gas, the car starts to swerve
Heads for a semi truck, jumps the curb
Truck hits a Big Boy in the Shoney's parking lot
And flies through the air takes out the bank clock
Clock strikes a light pole, transformer sparks
Lines go down, town goes dark

Waitress calls the cops, says she saw it all
Swears a giant alien has landed at the mall
Cops ring up the mayor says there's panic in the streets
"We hate to wake you up but we can't find the chief"
Mayor says "Use your head if he ain't in his car
He's hiding from his wife, down at Smokey's Bar"

'Cause and effect, chain of events
All of the chaos makes perfect sense
When you're spinning round, things come undone
Welcome to Earth 3rd rock from the Sun

'Cause and effect, chain of events
All of the chaos makes perfect sense
When you're spinning round, things come undone
Welcome to Earth 3rd rock from the Sun

Edited by Queen-Evie, 26 November 2008 - 12:22 AM.


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Posted 27 November 2008 - 05:00 PM

That's a good one, Evie. Had never heard of that song before.

Somehow these songs seem much more appropriate with the terror in Mumbai.

It also seems that some of these songs would make a better story for many tv episodes or theatrical movies than what is being foisted on us right now.

I have been re-reading these songs since I started this topic, and I think we sound like a bunch of old f*rts with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression triggered by lack of sunlight and therefore Vitamin D). Or just the holiday blues. Yes, the global economy is going down the tubes, but at least there are some intelligent people and people of conscience looking for solutions. Buck up, mateys!




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