The Future Uke tab by Leonard Cohen

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Am Am                               Dm Dm
Give me back my broken night, my mirrored room, my secret life
E7 E7 Am Am
it's lonely here, there's no one left to torture
Am Am Dm Dm
Give me absolute control over every living soul
E7 E7 Am Am
And lie beside me baby, that's an order!
Am Am Dm Dm
Give me crack an anal sex, take the only tree that's left
E7 E7 Am Am
and stuff it up the hole in your culture.
Am Am Dm Dm
Give me back the Berlin Wall, give me Stalin and St. Paul
E7 E7 Am Am
I've seen the future, brother: it is murder.


Dm Dm C C
Things are gonna slide, slide in all directions
Dm Dm C C
Won't be nothing, (won't be) nothing you can't measure anymore.
Dm Dm F F
The blizzard, the blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold
Fm Fm C C
And it's overturned the order of the soul
G G
When they said (they said) REPENT (repent) REPENT (repent)
Am Am
I wonder what they meant
G G
When they said (they said) REPENT (repent) REPENT (repent)
Am Am
I wonder what they meant
G G
When they said (they said) REPENT (repent) REPENT (repent)
Am Am
I wonder what they meant


Am Am Dm Dm
You don't know me from the wind, you never will, you never did
E7 E7 Am Am
I'm the little jew who wrote the bible
Am Am Dm Dm
I've seen nations rise and fall, I've heard their stories, heard them all
E7 E7 Am Am
but love's the only engine of survival
Am Am Dm Dm
Your servant here, he has been told, to say it clear to say it cold
E7 E7 Am Am
It's over, it ain't going any further
Am Am Dm Dm
And now the wheels of heaven stop, you feel the devil's riding crop
E7 E7 Am Am
Get ready for the future: it is murder.


Dm Dm C C
Things are gonna slide (slide) in all directions
Dm Dm C C
Won't be nothing (won't be) nothing you can't measure anymore.
Dm Dm F F
The blizzard, the blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold
Fm Fm C C
And it has overturned the order of the soul
G G
When they said (they said) REPENT (repent) REPENT (repent)
Am Am
I wonder what they meant
G G
When they said (they said) REPENT (repent) REPENT (repent)
Am Am
I wonder what they meant
G G
When they said (they said) REPENT (repent) REPENT (repent)
Am Am
I wonder what they meant


Am Am
There'll be the breaking of the ancient western code
Dm Dm
Your private life will suddenly explode
Am Am
There'll be phantoms, there'll be fires on the road
F F E7 E7
and the white man dancing
Am Am
You'll see your woman hanging upside down
Dm Dm
her features covered by her fallen gown
Am Am
and all the lousy little poets coming around
F F E7 E7
trying to sound like Charlie Manson
F F Am Am
and the white man dancing


Am Am Dm Dm
Give me back the Berlin Wall, give me Stalin and St. Paul
E7 E7 Am Am
Give me Christ or give me Hiroshima
Am Am Dm Dm
Destroy another fetus now, we don't like children anyhow
E7 E7 Am Am
I've seen the future, baby: it is murder.


Dm Dm C C
Things are gonna slide (slide) in all directions
Dm Dm C C
Won't be nothing (won't be) nothing you can't measure anymore.
Dm Dm F F
The blizzard, the blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold
Fm Fm C C
And it has overturned the order of the soul
G G
When they said (they said) REPENT (repent) REPENT (repent)
Am Am
I wonder what they meant
G G
When they said (they said) REPENT (repent) REPENT (repent)
Am Am
I wonder what they meant
G G
When they said (they said) REPENT (repent) REPENT (repent)
Am Am
I wonder what they meant

G G Am Am
When they said (they said) REPENT (repent) REPENT (repent)

 

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About this song

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. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/the-future-19930107#ixzz3MGjKAtMd Read more on Last.fm.