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The Future Chords
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Date: Wed, 2 Aug 95 01:28:41 -0400
From: Clay Jonathan Boutilier 

from Columbia Records' release THE FUTURE by LEONARD COHEN (CK 53226)

Transcribed by Clay Boutilier 07/30/95



Am   /    /

Give me back my broken night, my mirrored room, my secret life

     G6                      E7          Am
it's lonely here, there's no one left to torture

Give me absolute control over every living soul

    G6                            Am
And lie beside me baby, that's an order!

Give me crack an anal sex, take the only tree that's left

    G6              E7              Am
and stuff it up the hole in your culture

Give me back the Berlin Wall, give me Stalin and St. Paul

     G6               E7              Am
I've seen the future, brother:  it is murder.


	Dm                      C
	Things are gonna slide (slide) in all directions

                 Dm                                   C
	Won't be nothing (won't be) nothing you can't measure anymore.

            Dm                             F
	The blizzard, the blizzard  of the world has crossed the threshold

                   Fm                          C
	and it has overturned the order of the soul

	When they said (they said) REPENT (repent) REPENT (repent)

	I wonder what they meant

	When they said (they said) REPENT (repent) REPENT (repent)

	I wonder what they meant

	When they said (they said) REPENT (repent) REPENT (repent)

	I wonder what they meant

[second verse:  (same chords as first)]

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

[repeat chorus]

[third verse:]

There'll be the breaking of the ancient western code

Your private life will suddenly explode

There'll be phantoms, there'll be fires on the road

                  F7        E
and the white man dancing

You'll see your woman hanging upside down

her features covered by her fallen gown

and all the lousy little poets coming around

                             F7       E
trying to sound like Charlie Manson

and the white man dancing

Give me back the Berlin Wall, give me Stalin and St. Paul

G6                E7          Am
Give me Christ or give me Hiroshima

Destroy another fetus now, we don't like children anyhow

     G6               E7           Am
I've seen the future, baby:  it is murder.

[repeat chorus]

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

[end on Am]


Am:  X02210
C:   X32010
Dm:  XX0231
E7:  030100
F:   133211
Fm:  133111
F7:  131211
G:   320003
G6:  320000

Leonard Cohen - The Future Chords :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
The Future tabs @ 911Tabs

About the artist behind The Future Chords:

Leonard Norman Cohen, CC, (born September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. Cohen published his first book of poetry in Montreal in 1956 and his first novel in 1963.

Cohen's earliest songs (many of which appeared on the 1967 album Songs of Leonard Cohen) were rooted in European folk music melodies[citation needed] and instrumentation, sung in a high baritone. The 1970s were a musically restless period in which his influences broadened to encompass pop, cabaret and world music. Since the 1980s he has typically sung in lower registers (bass baritone and bass), with accompaniment from electronic synthesizers and female backing singers.

His work often explores the themes of religion, isolation, sexuality, and complex interpersonal relationships.

Cohen's songs and poetry have influenced many other singer-songwriters, and more than a thousand renditions of his work have been recorded. He has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. Cohen was inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a speech by Lou Reed on March 10, 2008 for his status among the "highest and most influential echelon of songwriters".[1]

Indexed at Wikipedia.

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