In The Year 2525

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
You 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 hangin' limp at your sides
Your legs have got nothin' to do
Some machine's 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 woh oh

In the year 7510
If God is comin', he should've made it by then
Maybe he'll look around himself and say
Guess it's time for judgement day

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

In the year 9595
I'm kinda wonderin' if man is gonna be alive
He's takin everything this old earth can give
And he ain't put back nothin woh oh

Now it's been ten thousand 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

Lyrics by:
Rick Evans

Available on:
My Way (2.53)

'In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)' is a hit song from 1969 by the Lincoln, Nebraska duo Zager & Evans, which stayed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks of that summer. The song was written by Rick Evans in 1964 and originally released on a small regional record label (Truth Records) in 1968. A year later, an Odessa, Texas radio station popularised the disc, which RCA Records quickly picked up for nationwide distribution. The song opens with speculation about the year 2525, and subsequent verses pick up the story at 1010-year intervals from 2525 to 6565. Disturbing predictions are given for each selected year; in the year 3535, for example, a person's thoughts, actions and words will be pre-programmed into a daily pill. Then the pattern as well as the music changes, going up a half step in the key of the song, after two stanzas, first from A flat minor, to A minor, and, then, finally, to B flat minor, and verses for the years 7510, 8510 and 9595 follow. The song effectively 'starts over' with a repeat of the first verse, before fading out, leaving open the possibility that 'we went through this before', and life is now at the start of another cycle. The song depicts a nightmarish vision of the future as man's technological inventions gradually dehumanize him. It includes a colloquial reference to the Second Coming ("In the year 7510..."), which echoed the zeitgeist of the Jesus Movement. The overriding theme, of a world doomed by its passive acquiescence to and overdependence on its own overdone technologies, struck a resonant chord with millions of people around the world in the late 1960s.

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