"Future Starts Slow" as written by and James Hince Alison Mosshart....
You can holler, you can wail
You can swing, you can flail
You can fuck like a broken sail
But I'll never give you up
If I ever give you up my heart will surely fail

And after all God can keep my soul
England to have my bones
But don't ever give me up
I could never get back up when the future starts so slow

No longing for the moonlight
No longing for the sun
No longer will I curse the bad I've done
If there's a time when the feelings gone, I wanna feel it

You can holler, you can wail
You can blow what's left of my right mind
You can swing, you can flail
You can blow what's left of my right mind
(I don't mind)

There's a time for the second best
And there's a time when the feeling's gone
But it's hard to be hard I guess
When you're shaking like a dog

You can holler, you can wail
You can blow what's left of my right mind
You can swing, you can flail
You can blow what's left of my right mind

You can holler, you can wail
You can blow what's left of my right mind
You can swing, you can flail
You can blow what's left of my right mind
(I don't mind)

You can blow what's left of my right mind
You can blow what's left of my right mind
You can holler, you can wail
You can blow what's left of my right mind


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"Future Starts Slow" as written by James Hince Alison Mosshart

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  • +4
    General CommentLove this.
    There's references to sex but to me it's generally saying "you can drive me crazy, get angry, but I'm never leaving you and I hope you don't leave me"
    blinkxmeon March 30, 2011   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningThe song is about two people who can't be together, for any number of reasons. Maybe someday in the future, they can be, but it won't be for a while.

    So the singer tells the lover, "it's okay, I'll let you go for now. date whoever you want, fuck whomever you want, but in the end, don't forget about me." The singer does the same, and the "shaking like a dog" line is a reference to empty, passionless sex.

    The singer accepts this because the want for the other person hurts so much that he/she would rather put those feelings aside for the time being.

    ___"If there's a time when your feelings gone, I wanna feel it"

    ___"There's a time for the second best"
    fatalxpon January 19, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is talking about trying for something or someone and failing. But it is telling you who fail do not give up "There's a time for the second best". Then it tells you you may hurt from failing but "And there's a time when the feeling's gone" even though your scared you got to be tough "But it's hard to be hard I guess
    When you're shaking like a dog"
    dont throw tantrums like a little girl "You can holler, you can wail
    You can blow what's left of my right mind
    You can swing, you can flail" and i say girl be cause girls use the right side of the brain "You can blow what's left of my right mind" where as men use the left


    "And after all God can keep my soul
    England have my bones
    But don't ever give me up
    I could never get back up when the future starts so slow

    No longing for the moonlight
    No longing for the sun
    No longer will I curse the bad I've done
    If there's a time when your feelings gone, I wanna feel it"

    this part leads me to believe that it is a about a person because asks someone to not give them up and if they were dropped or fallen they probably would fall behind or even die/kill themselves
    but the person becomes strong and realizes there will be a time when that horrible feeling inside of failing will be gone one day and that they will make it.

    that is my perspective of the song
    dustyrhoads66on October 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust one really really well thought out track about what love actually is like. Completely unconditional. The whole idea of "what's left of my right mind" just really gets to me, it's like as if they're trying to communicate that this song is written by someone who's not only figured out what they feel but exactly how the world would perceive them, and accepts that, and still goes ahead and sings it. You would think that that's an after thought but it's actually a follow up to the "future starts slow" line, the fact that yes, they know time destroys and heals all things, but they would rather go through the hell of being with their lover than retreat into meaningless expectation. There's much more to say about this song, but I think the surmise might be that it's the most self-less meditation on love. Fuck I love this song.
    genericmeon October 12, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor me this song is about leaving someone or something behind. You know you can't move on if you wouldn't /couldn't let somebody behind. (,,Future starts slow.")


    ,,You can holler, you can wail
    You can swing, you can flail
    You can fuck like a broken sail
    But I'll never give you up
    If I ever give you up my heart will surely fail "

    It doesn't matter,what he/she does,you just don't want to let go because it will break your heart.


    If there's a time when your feelings gone, I wanna feel it

    This is my fav line,it says everything. You rather wait for the other to leave you than do something before it's too late.You rather feel the pain.

    But it's hard to be hard I guess
    When you're shaking like a dog

    After a breakup you want to keep your pride and be strong,but it's hard when you're shaking and you're in pain.
    Kremyon October 28, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes anyone see a drug addiction meaning in this? The love-hate relationship with drugs. "It's hard to be hard when you're shaking like a dog" means it's hard to have resolve or feel hopeful about anything when you're withdrawing.

    I guess half of love songs could be interpreted as drug songs, but hey, it fits.
    Mendalusa77on October 29, 2014   Link
  • -2
    General CommentNot trying to be nit-picky, but I think it's "thump" like a broken sail. That makes more sense. :)
    mswhiteon May 04, 2011   Link
  • -2
    Lyric Correctionbroken sails "fluff" in the wind
    erickaspliipryon June 30, 2011   Link

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