In the year 2525

Some months ago, while I was listening to some of my favorite music from the 1960s and 1970s, one song in particular caught my attention. It was “In the year 2525” by the American pop-rock duo Zager & Evans, released in 1969. A song that – in the words of Wikipedia – describes “a nightmarish vision of the future as man’s technological inventions gradually dehumanize him”.

“In the year 2525, if man is still alive
If woman can survive, they may find

In the year 3535
Ain’t gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lie
Everything you think, do and say
Is in the pill you took today

In the year 4545
You ain’t gonna need your teeth, won’t need your eyes
You won’t find a thing to chew
Nobody’s gonna look at you

In the year 5555
Your arms hanging limp at your sides
Your legs got nothing to do
Some machine’s doing that for you

In the year 6565
Ain’t gonna need no husband, won’t need no wife
You’ll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long glass tube

In the year 7510
If God’s a-coming, He ought to make it by then
Maybe He’ll look around Himself and say
“Guess it’s time for the Judgement Day”

In the year 8510
God is going to shake His mighty head
He’ll either say, “I’m pleased where man has been”
Or tear it down and start again

In the year 9595
I’m kinda wondering if man is gonna be alive
He’s taken everything this old earth can give
And he ain’t put back nothing

Now it’s been ten thousand years, man has cried a billion tears
For what, he never knew, now man’s reign is through
But through eternal night, the twinkling of starlight
So very far away, may be it’s only yesterday.”

Again according to Wikipedia, “the overriding theme, a world doomed by its passive acquiescence to and over-dependence on its own overdone technologies, struck a resonant chord in millions of people around the world in the late 1960s”.

Sounds like they were on to something back in the 1960s, doesn’t it?

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