Leonard Cohen

The future (Audio)

Gimme back my broken night,
my mirrored room, my secret life
It's lonely here, there's no-one left to torture.

Gimme absolute control
over ev'ry living soul,
and lie beside me, baby - that's an order!

Gimme crack and anal sex
Take the only tree that's left,
stuff it up the hole in your culture.

Gimme back the Berlin wall!
Gimme Stalin and St. Paul!
I've seen the future, brother, it is murder!

Things äre gonnä slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can 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 (3x)

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
Get ready for the future, it is murder!


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,
änd the white man dancing.

You'll see your woman hanging upside down
Her features covered by her fallen gown
And all the lousy little poets coming 'round,
trying to sound like Charlie Manson,
änd the white man dancing.

Gimme back the Berlin wall!
Gimme Stalin and St. Paul!
Gimme Christ, or give me Hiroshima.

Destroy another fetus now
We don't like children anyhow
I've seen the future, baby, it is murder!


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