Songs that predicted the future, either intentional or not

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  1. classicrockguy

    classicrockguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Most obvious would be "The Times They Are A Changing", boy was that a prophetic one or what? Pretty much predicted most of the 1960's culture:

    "...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'..."

    Another example, the very last song on Janis Joplin's last album (and written by her!) has the line,

    "Don't you know when you're loving anybody, baby
    You're taking a gamble on a little sorrow
    But then who cares, baby
    'Cause we may not be here tomorrow, no..."

    Another one, the Bee Gees "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", I wonder if Barry Gibb sang this at either of his brothers funeral,

    "...I can still feel the breeze
    That rustles through the trees
    And misty memories of days gone by
    We could never see tomorrow
    But no one said a word about the sorrow..."
     
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  2. Monsterzero

    Monsterzero Down at Dino's Bar & Grill

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    Judas Priest-Electric Eye
    Thin Lizzy-Got to Give it Up
    Thin Lizzy-The Sun Goes Down
     
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  3. Platterpus

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    Spirit - 1984
     
  4. Safeway 1

    Safeway 1 "mad, bad, and dangerous to know"

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  5. The Ole' Rocker

    The Ole' Rocker Forum Resident

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    “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” has always sounded more eerie after Lennon’s slaying. And the “shoot me” whisper in “Come Together”. And Lennon’s fixation with death on an album named Revolver.
     
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  6. Shaddam IV

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    "Too Much Information", The Police. And that was in 1981 !
     
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  7. fenderesq

    fenderesq In Brooklyn It's The Blues / Heavy Bass 7-7

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    In The Year 2525 by some guys Zager and Evans is the first thing that came to mind which is really bizarre now or in the future because for the life of me I’m not sure if I even ever heard the song. I am sure I can’t remember it. So to make amends I’m racking my brain to think of one that fits the bill that I can recall with clearity and I’m drawing a blank. That little story, episode aren’t song lyrics but maybe that’s looking into my future. Funny how the mind works... or doesn’t.
     
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  8. The Ole' Rocker

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    “Roadhouse Blues” by The Doors: “Well, I woke up this morning, and I got myself a beer. The future’s uncertain, and the end is always near.” Alright, Jim Morrison from 1970. Alright.
     
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  9. classicrockguy

    classicrockguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    That's a really good one
     
  10. classicrockguy

    classicrockguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Excellent observation, I always think that every time I hear that song ("Happiness...")
     
  11. fenderesq

    fenderesq In Brooklyn It's The Blues / Heavy Bass 7-7

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    How about David Peel and The Lower East Side’s The Pope Smokes Dope. With the decriminalizeation and legalization of weed I’m sure any day we’ll see the Pope walk out onto a balcony joint in hand and proclaim smoking weed is legal in Vatican City.
     
  12. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

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    Kraftwerks "Computerwelt" album has several of those songs! :righton:

    I also remember "Deeper Understanding" by Kate Bush sounding pretty alien in 1989.
     
  13. fenderesq

    fenderesq In Brooklyn It's The Blues / Heavy Bass 7-7

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    How about Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy’s 1929 When The Levee Breaks... Today July 12, 2019 there are torencial rains in Louisiana; it’s raining like mad; it’s expected to for days, and there are real concerns and fears the Levees Gona Break.
     
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  14. Eleventh Earl of Mar

    Eleventh Earl of Mar Somehow got them all this far.

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    10cc - The Worst Band in the World

    Because they arguably were around the time they split proper. /s
     
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  15. Tartifless

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    I apologize to the OP, but I do not see how the 3 songs in the OP predicted the future.

    They are intemporal, sure.
     
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  16. Tartifless

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    Jedi Mind 2008:
    When Hannah Montana turned into Britney Spears, they chew you up and spit you out cause no-one really cares.
     
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  17. The Bish

    The Bish Forum Resident

    The first that comes to mind is Pet Shop Boys King’s Cross. The album - Actually - was released 2 months before the fire at kings cross (31 fatalities) ...

    Only last night I found myself lost
    By the station called King's Cross
    Dead and wounded on either side
    You know it's only a matter of time
     
  18. Tim1954

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    I don’t know about “predicted the future,” but Sabbath’s “Computer God” is almost crazy considering where we now are with AI, changing DNA encoding and the like.

    Dio and Butler were using quasi-religious themes for this concept, but that this was issued in 1992 and was talking about the dangers of computers ruling the world is flat-out nuts, IMO.

    Black Sabbath “Computer God” (1992)

    Waiting for the revolution
    New clear vision, genocide
    Computerize God, it's the new religion
    Program the brain, not the heartbeat

    Onward all you crystal soldiers
    Touch tomorrow, energize
    Digital dreams
    And you're the next correction
    Man's a mistake so we'll fix it, yeah

    Take a look at your own reflection
    Right before your eyes
    It turns to steel

    There's another side of heaven
    This way, to technical paradise
    Find it on the other side
    When the walls fall down

    Love is automatic pleasure
    Virtual reality
    Terminal hate, it's a calculation
    Send in the child for connection

    Take a look at the toys around you
    Right before your eyes
    The toys are real

    There's another side of heaven
    This way, to technical paradise
    Find it on the other side
    When the walls fall down

    Midnight confessions
    Never heal the soul
    What you believe is fantasy
    Your past is your future
    Left behind
    Lost in time
    Will you surrender

    Waiting for the revolution
    Program the brain
    Not the heartbeat

    Deliver us to evil
    Deny us of our faith
    Robotic hearts bleed poison
    On the world we populate

    Virtual existence
    With a superhuman mind
    The ultimate creation
    Destroyer of mankind

    Termination of our youth
    For we do not compute
    No!
     
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  19. willwin

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    In "I'm Losing You," John Lennon singing "Just put a band-aid on it and STOP THE BLEEDING NOW, STOP THE BLEEDING NOW." Scary.
     
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  20. Beatmaniac

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    Funny enough, today is the 50th Anniversary of that song hitting #1 in the US (and plenty of other contries.)
     
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  21. Anton D

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    Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads

    Choctaw Bingo by James McMurtry

    Is She Really Going Out With Him by Joe Jackson

    Tainted Love by Soft Cell

    Night Moves by Bob Seeger

    Ball and Chain by Social D

    Killing in the Name Of by RATM

    Yes I Guess They Oughta Name a Drink After You by John Prine

    I Fight Authority by John Mellencamp

    Every song by Morphine

    Wild Thing by Tone Loc

    Man Eater and She’s Gone by Hall and Oates

    These Are People Who’ve Died by Jim Carroll

    A little more than half of 88 Lines About 44 Women by The Nails

    Avalon

    A Day In The Life by The Beatles

    IGY

    The entirety of DSOM and BOTT seem to have predicted my future.

    Whiskey River

    Tequila

    I could go on but I won’t.
     
  22. fenderesq

    fenderesq In Brooklyn It's The Blues / Heavy Bass 7-7

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    Rod Serling baby! Really. What are the odds.
     
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  23. HitAndRun

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    I can't believe that no-one has posted The Fun Boy Three's 'The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum'.

     
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  24. Brian Lux

    Brian Lux One in the Crowd

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    "It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)"?
     
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  25. Changingman

    Changingman Forum Resident

    That's scary! :eek:
     
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