Zager & Evans ‘In The Year 2525’ music video and lyrics

Here’s a music video I cut together with footage from the classic apocalyptic sci-fi film Metropolis, combined with sci-fi folk song In The Year 2525 by Zager & Evans. I really found them fitting together in a dystopian transhumanist meets Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World kind of way. What awaits humanity after the intense technological and biological developments set in motion? If we ever get there? Thea von Harbou had some intensively accurate visions of the future. And Fritz Lang did the visual masterpiece. All this is now a classic topic about the future of humanity. In this video I wanted to concentrate the idea, the message and the visions of the future. With the classic one hit wonder song and outstanding vintage film footage.

Lyrics

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 hangin’ limp at your sides
Your legs got nothin’ to do
Some machine’s doin’ 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 oughta 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 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 wonderin’ 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, maybe it’s only yesterday

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5 Comments
  • JOHN BECKER
    September 20, 2018

    AWESOME SONG. I TAPPEARS THAT THE MODERN DAY PROPHETS ARE SONG WRITERS. SEE SONG BY SIMON AND GARFUNKLE AND THE WORDS OF THE PROPHETS ARE WRITTEN ON THE SUBWAY WALLS AND TENEMENT HALLS. SOUND OF SILENCE. SCOOTERDOG

  • Dan
    March 12, 2019

    Excellent Work, Great Song. Thanks for bringing it back to life. This was an obscure unique song.

  • Charles
    April 21, 2019

    Excellent video. Very moving and really kind of scary what our future holds for us. Thank you for your work and if you like my suggestion on a future video to work with song how bout “A Day in the Life” The Beatles.

    • Sanjin Đumišić
      April 21, 2019

      Thank you! You know it’s hard to do these due to various copyright laws. YouTube can allow some music through when the author of the music or film monetizes the video. The Beatles are impossible as their stuff is strictly regulated. We were lucky with this song. /All the best

  • jean-
    July 26, 2019

    Remarquable illustration à part celle qui concerne les enfants. Il me semble qu’il aurait été plus judicieux de voire des tubes à essais dans un labo.
    Mais bravo pour ce montage