Futures from the Past

The Future (song)

The Future (song)

Author: Prince

¬ęI’m not gonna kill you. I¬†want you to¬†do¬†me a¬†favor,
I¬†want you to¬†tell all your friends about me.¬Ľ
¬ęWhat are you?¬Ľ
¬ęI’m BATMAN!¬Ľ
I’ve seen the future and it will be
I’ve seen the future and it works
And if there’s life after, we will see
So I can’t go like a jerk

Systematic overthrow of the underclass
Hollywood conjures images of the past
New world needs spiritually
That will last
I’ve seen the future and it will be

I’ve seen the future and it will be
I’ve seen the future and it works
And if there’s life after, we will see
So I can’t go like a jerk

Yellow Smiley offers me X Like he’s drinking seven up I would rather drink 6 razor blades
Razor blades from a paper cup
He can’t understand, I say 2 tough
It’s just that I’ve seen the future
And boy it’s rough

I’ve seen the future and it will be
I’ve seen the future and it works
And if there’s life after, we will see
So U can’t go like a jerk

No, no
I’ve seen the future and it will be Wait a minute
Pretty pony standing on the avenue
Flashin’ a¬†loaded pistol, 2 dumb 2 be¬†true
Somebody told him playin’ cops and robbers was cool
Would our rap have been different if we only knew?

I’ve seen the future and it will be
I’ve seen the future and it works
If there’s life after, we will see
Don’t go out like a jerk

Systematic overthrow of the underclass
Hollywood conjures images of the past
New world needs spiritually
That will last
I’ve seen the future and it will be
I’ve seen the future and it will be
I’ve seen the future and it will be
I’ve seen the future and it will be
I’ve seen the future and it will be
I’ve seen the future and it will be

¬ęThink about the future¬Ľ

 

Live video of Prince performing the song

 

The Future” is a song from¬†Prince‘s 1989¬†Batman soundtrack, and the final single released from the album. The single was not the album version, but a remixed version by¬†S’Express‘¬†Mark Moore¬†and¬†William Orbit. “The Future” was released as a single only in Europe. The standard European 7-inch single was backed with the album version of “Electric Chair“, but on the¬†maxi-single, “Electric Chair” was also remixed by Moore and Orbit. Moore and Orbit’s remix of “The Future” is¬†house-inspired, whereas Prince’s original is minimalistic. Moore and Orbit substituted a muted, pulsating beat in place of the original elements of Prince’s song. Moore and Orbit also removed Prince’s original bassline, synthline, and snippets of sampled dialogue. This would be the last time Orbit would work with Prince for several years. In most countries, neither “The Future” nor its B-side were a hit on the pop or dance floors. The single peaked at #9 in the Dutch charts.

The LP version of “The Future” features the sampled strings of¬†Clare Fischer¬†lifted from the then-unreleased 1986 track “Crystal Ball“, and samples the¬†Sounds of Blackness¬†choir. The lyrics speak of a bleak future, recalling the fictional¬†DC Comics¬†location¬†Gotham City, and that it needs “spirituality that will last”. (Read the complete article in Wikipedia)

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