In the Year 2525: How far off were / are the predictions?

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    In the Year 2525: How far off were / are the predictions?

    A hit in 1969, "In the Year 2525" was a pop song by Zagar and Evans.  This song is also a one-hit wonder for the duo that wrote it.  As you know, each verse has a prediction  -- approx. 1,000 years distanced from the previous verse.   

    For a song written in 1969, these statements might have sounded like far out science fiction.  Do you now see the lyrics were pretty insightful?   I just realized that the song mentions God a number of times, too, which I find a peculiarity.   

    We've already nailed a few of these predictions (see 6565 for sure, and we didn't wait until 9595 to make a wreck of the earth and our environment) -- but the song lyrics are an amazing amalgam of science, philosophy, and ethics.

    What do you think of it now?   


    In the Year 2525

    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, 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  ....(fades out)
     
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    Re: In the Year 2525: How far off were / are the predictions?

    I have heard this song many times, but never really listened to the lyrics.  It's actually kind of profound, especially 10,000 years, man has cried a billion tears. I wonder what the songwriter was thinking(smoking) back in 69 when he laid out those words. It was a very tumultuous time, and I think the song reflects that.

     
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    Heh.

    This song was parodied in one of my favorite shows: Futurama...


    ...in which the Professor invents a time machine that only goes forward - with hilarious results.
     
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    We are not getting there - End of Days - 2012 (I am convinced of it. Enjoy your next 7 months Tongue out
     
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    Heh.

    "We can live beside the ocean / leave the fire behind / swim out past the breakers / watch the world die..."



     
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    "Will we now build a civilization below ground?"
     
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    Re: In the Year 2525: How far off were / are the predictions?

    There are a lot of TV ads for pills to fix all our "problems". But of course every "solution" comes with side-effects. Some of this doom and gloom is very predictable. Man's success and domination of the earth could eventually be our undoing. Man definitely has a knack of creating the need to solve what are essentially man-made problems with science and technology that can also become part of the problem and on and on it goes. We appear to be better off but is the cost too high? Eventually I can see that any doom of man song will come true, but the hard part is determining how long it will take.
     
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    Re: In the Year 2525: How far off were / are the predictions?

    The song doesn't scare me as much as :

    THIS:



    THIS:



    OR THIS:



    and I ought to know, I was scaring people years before:




     
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    What's the future of music going to be like?

    Can it get much worse?












    ...very scary...I can't look!...




     
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    [QUOTE]Heh. "We can live beside the ocean / leave the fire behind / swim out past the breakers / watch the world die..."
    Posted by MattyScornD[/QUOTE]

    That was my plan.

    I love this song.
     
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    Re: In the Year 2525: How far off were / are the predictions?

    I used to have the 45 and wore that sucker out.The flip side had a song called "Little Girl" which was horrible and I think I listened to it twice before I gave up on it.Another prophetic song was the Temptations "Ball of confusion" which was written in 1970 and is mostly still relevant 42 years later.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWtIvoub6XU&feature=related

    People movin' out
    People movin' in
    Why, because of the color of their skin
    Run, run, run, but you sho' can't hide
    An eye for an eye
    A tooth for a tooth
    Vote for me, and I'll set you free
    Rap on brother, rap on
    Well, the only person talkin'
    'Bout love thy brother is the preacher
    And it seems,
    Nobody is interested in learnin'
    But the teacher
    Segregation, determination, demonstration,
    Integration, aggravation,
    Humiliation, obligation to our nation
    Ball of Confusion
    That's what the world is today

    The sale of pills are at an all time high
    Young folks walk around with
    Their heads in the sky
    Cities aflame in the summer time
    And, the beat goes on

    Air pollution, revolution, gun control,
    Sound of soul
    Shootin' rockets to the moon
    Kids growin' up too soon
    Politicians say more taxes will
    Solve everything
    And the band played on
    So round 'n' round 'n' round we go
    Where the world's headed, nobody knows
    Just a Ball of Confusion
    Oh yea, that's what the wold is today

    Fear in the air, tension everywhere
    Unemployment rising fast,
    The Beatles' new record's a gas
    And the only safe place to live is
    On an indian reservation
    And the band played on
    Eve of destruction, tax deduction
    City inspectors, bill collectors
    Mod clothes in demand,
    Population out of hand
    Suicide, too many bills, hippies movin'
    To the hills
    People all over the world, are shoutin'
    End the war
    And the band played on.
     
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    Re: In the Year 2525: How far off were / are the predictions?

    Music and movies were pretty obsessed with "end of the world" scenerios around that period.

    I think it was the generation that grew up with the bomb hanging over their heads. Can't really blame them, I mean they were schooled in hiding under the desk in case an atomic bomb was dropped.

    I don't know about you , but I only needed to see the explosion at Hiroshima on film once, and I knew that a tiny desk ain't going to help anyone's  chances all that much.

    'Eve Of Destruction' was a good one....Bob Dylan did the 'Talkin' World War III Blues.'

    Planet Of the Apes was the best of the movies on the subject (the original, not the sequel or the remake). The Andromeda Strain was another.
     

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