"Livin' in the Future" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
A letter come blowin' in
On an ill wind
Somethin' 'bout me and you
Never seein' one another again

And what I knew had come
Stars struck deaf and dumb
Like when we kissed
That taste of blood on your tongue

Don't worry, darlin'
No baby, don't you fret
We're livin' in the future
And none of this has happened yet

Woke up election day
Sky's gunpowder and shades of grey
Beneath the dirty sun
I whistle my time away

Then just about sun down
You come walkin' through town
Your boot heels clickin' like
The barrel of a pistol spinnin' round

The earth it gave away
The sea rose towards the sun
I opened up my heart to you
It got all damaged and undone

My ship Liberty sailed away
On a bloody red horizon
The grounds keeper opened the gates
And let the wild dogs run

Alone I limp through town
A lost cowboy at sundown
Got my monkey on a leash
Got my ear tuned to the ground

My faith's been torn asunder
Tell me is that rollin' thunder
Or just the sinkin' sound
Of somethin' righteous goin' under

None of this has happened yet
None of this has happened yet
None of this has happened yet
None of this has happened yet

Na na na na, na na na na na


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"Livin' in the Future" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General Commenti think this is going to be my favorite from the new cd, all about what america is coming to, how we wish we living in the future and none of this had happened yet
    mickey88on October 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA fun song musically with a sinister side. Like any great Springsteen song, it has layers of meaning that allow it to connect with people in all different states of being.

    It can be about a relationship that is in the state of falling apart, but the protagonist is somewhat willfully blind. My favorite line from this perspective is "I opened up my heart to you; It got all damaged and undone..." How many of us had to deal with that and then have found ourselves "limp[ing] through town?" And yet we persist.

    Conversely, it can be about the state of this union. The idea that the things we long feared have come to pass. I disagree with that notion mostly, but I do enjoy the song and am willing to admit that the United States is struggling.

    In both instances, the fall (of the relationship or the country) is upon us and yet we gleefully continue without attempting to address the problems. Better to ignore, we say to ourselves.

    Great song from what may well be a masterpiece of an album. Time will tell.
    magicrat34on October 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhen I saw Bruce a couple of weeks ago he said that this song was about the United States' people and government letting the things that define us as a country go to waste. For example the bill of rights and habeas corpus, no illegal wire tapping etc. There is a video of him explaining in full on some morning talk show, search it on Youtube.

    I think this song is amazing. It is classic E Street Band that brings in the ideals Bruce explored on his solo acoustic works. The album as a whole is probably one of my favorites of his, and without a doubt the best of 2007.
    911forpeaceon December 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDef. him not happy with the political culture going on in america.
    gjstefanon March 05, 2008   Link

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