"Future Games" as written by and Robert Welch....
I did a thing last night
You know those future games
I turned off all the lights
Oh, the future came
You were by my side
Will you explain-oh yeah
Real rhyme or reason for those future games

Now you were there last night
And oh were you afraid
Of things we'd come upon
While playing future games
But baby it's alright and so have faith
Oh yeah, you invent the future that you want to face

How many people sit home at night
Wondering if they will be here tonight
Wondering if children will he bring to the light
Inherit the world, or inherit the night
Wondering if neighbors are thinking the same
All of the wild things tomorrow will tame
Talking of journeys that happen in vain

Well I know I'm not the only one
To ever spend my life sitting playing future games

You better take your time
You know there's no escape
The future sends a sign
Of things we will create
Baby it's alright
And so have faith
Oh yeah, you invent the future that you want to face

How many people sit home at night
Wondering if they will be here tonight
Wondering if children will he bring to the light
Inherit the world, or inherit the night
Wondering if neighbors are thinking the same
All of the wild things tomorrow will tame
Talking of journeys that happen in vain

And I know I'm not the only one
To ever spend my life sitting playing future games

Future games
Future games
Future games
Future games

I know I'm not the only one
I know I'm not the only one
I know I'm not the only one
I know I'm not the only one
I know I'm not the only one
I know I'm not the only one
I know I'm not the only one
I know I'm not the only one


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"Future Games" as written by Robert Welch

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    General CommentThis is one of the best songs from the "Welch" years.
    ckm4everon March 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgreat seductive sound to it. What i mean by seductive is that it traps the listener in a parallel world almost.
    great stuff by the legendary fleetwood mac!
    floydian18on June 05, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningBob Welch had a bit of a thing for the occult in those days (Hypnotized, Bermuda Triangle, Future Games, Night Watch, The Ghost). He is careful not to say what the "thing" was in this song - Ouija board? Pendulum? Trance channeling? Reading chicken entrails? Sex magic? who knows? except that he did it in the dark.

    At any rate, Bob's presumably female partner (babe) seems to have been spooked by the future, and Bob is reassuring her that we all wonder about the future, and to some extent that we have some voice in our future, even if too many, as in the chorus, sit through the chance to do so.

    I wonder if it was perhaps that hideous cover for "French Kiss" that spooked her? To imagine that in 1970 would scare nearly anyone.

    And I agree with the other comments that, as with much of Welch's best work with Fleetwood Mac, much of the meaning is in the sound and feel of the songs. The occult is a good subject for his softer style.
    Parsnip42on April 13, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis tune has a very "dream-like" feel to it, and there is basically alot of things within this tune that are revealed as some kind of "truth" and/or "hope", like...

    1. we all have these kind of dreams/feelings ie. "I'm not the only one.."

    2. the future is ours to shape and mold ie. "You invent the future that you want to face"

    3. the future will turn out "ok" ie. "All of the wild things tomorrow will tame"
    bearlybooon November 07, 2013   Link
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    General CommentLooking up the lyrics to Future Games introduced me to this Website, and now to this comment page...waaay back in my childhood I had to transcribe these lyrics myself by rewinding a cassette tape over and over and OVER again, trying to figure out what the bleep Bob Welch was saying. This song was haunting me so much I had to come read the lyrics, and play it over and over again. aaaahhh, childhood memories!

    Fleetwood mac iterations that exited PRIOR to the blasphemy of those two dreadful Americans are the ONLY Fleetwood Mac, in my personal opinion. (a sentiment/comment I plan to repeat for any song lyric posted for fleetwood mac... you read it here first!)
    historyfutureon December 07, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's a song about mauvais-fois. For those who didn't take four years of high school French, that's that feeling that you get when you're lying in bed at night and you're mind fills with all these neurotic possibilities about the ways you've screwed up in the past and the ways that you could screw up again, but ultimately, it's exciting too, because you look at all the different ways your life could go. So it's about excitement mixed with apprehension.
    adaminoacids32on August 11, 2017   Link

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