A Musical Note: Zager and Evans – The Year 2525

There aren’t a lot of “science fiction” songs out there. 

Some, yes, but most of them are whimsical.  Not so with Zager and Evans song, “In the Year 2525”.  A biting look at culture and environment, this song will leave you haunted.

Zager and Evans were one-hit wonders.  Twice.  That is to say that the song you are about to hear came from nowhere and made it to the top 100 in both the US and in England.  But the group was never heard from again on the charts.

I wonder if you will find this song as visual as I do.  It was recorded long before music videos, but it seems to make its own as it goes along.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Zager and Evans, In the Year 2525.

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9 responses to “A Musical Note: Zager and Evans – The Year 2525

  1. 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 lies
    Everything you think, do, or say
    Is in the pill you took today

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

    In the year 5555
    Your arms are hanging limp at your sides
    Your legs not nothing to do
    Some machine is 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 black tube

    In the year 7510
    If God’s a-comin’ 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’s gonna 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’s gonna be alive
    He’s taken everything this old earth can give
    And he ain’t put back nothing

    Now it’s been 10,000 years
    Man has cried a billion tears
    For what he never knew
    Now man’s reign is through
    But through the eternal night
    The twinkling of starlight
    So very far away
    Maybe it’s only yesterday

    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 lies
    Everything you think, do or say
    Is in the pill you took today ….(fading

  2. Wow! I remember this. But I never took it seriously. Gees we’ve been there already and back again and it’s not even 2525. Gonna check above for the date this hit the sound waves. I can’t quite place it. But boy, it was ‘A Song’. Thank you, again, Richard. You’re right on, as usual.

    • Yeah! That link is worth reading. It was 1969, a year after Woodstock. Dating it brings all the old memories back. Good grief. After the Kubrick movie. I didn’t realize these were about technology at the time. How dumb (naive) I was. No wonder I ‘didn’t ‘take them seriously’……I didn’t ‘really’ understand them. What don’t I understand today?

      • I know what you mean, Loreen.
        Everyonce in a while I see something that I saw as a child, or at least a long time ago, and see it with more “modern” eyes. It never fails to amaze me how much of the world I’ve missed. But then, when that experience happens, I can take what I’ve learned, and use it like a “multilier”, going back over other ideas, and create many new synapses.

  3. I love this song. Futurama just parodied it on Thursday, and by doing so made it the best episode yet this season.

    ‘In the year one million and a half, mankind will be enslaved by giraffes…’

    The creepy minor key mixed with bizarre future paradigms gets a big thumbs up from me, both for the original and the parody.

  4. Ricky,
    Wonderful post! And thanks for sharing so many things about American Culture!

    Loreen,
    Thank you very much for the lyrics.

  5. Gosh, now that is a blast from the past 🙂

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