PET SHOP BOYS | This Used To Be The Future

LYRICS:

I can remember when this was the future
Where it was gonna be at back then
Why don't we turn the whole bloody lot down
And make a new start all over again?

I can recall utopian thinking
Bold mission statements and tightening of belts
Demolition of familiar landmarks
Promises made and deals that were dealt

This used to be the future
Where it was at back then
Let's turn the whole bloody lot down
And start all over again

But that future was exciting
Science fiction made fact
Now all we have to look forward to
Is a sort of suicide pact

Was it the dear old future
That created the problems we face?
How do we deal with the fallout
Of the age we used to call space?

I can remember planning for leisure
Living in peace and freedom from fear
Science that promised to make us a new world
Religion and prejudice disappear

I can remember when this was the future
Where it was gonna be at back then
Now religion and nuclear energy have united
To threaten, oh God! Amen

This used to be the future
Where it was at back then
Now religion and nuclear energy have united
Oh God! Amen

Was it the dear old future
That created the problems we face?
How do we deal with the fallout
Of the age we used to call space?

This used to be the future
Where it was at back then
Let's turn the whole bloody lot down
And start all over again

Amen

INFORMATION:

Available on:
x Pet Shop Boys - Yes Etc. (2009) bonus CD

Credits:
Written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.
Produced by Brian Higgins/Xenomania.
Mixed by Jeremey Wheatley.
Guest vocals: Philip Oakey.
Keyboards & programming: Chris Lowe, Neil Tennant, Pete Gleadall, Tim Powell.
Mastered by Dick Beetham at 360 Mastering, London.
Published by Cage Music Ltd/Sony ATV.

Notes:
"This Used To Be The Future" is only available on the double-CD limited version of Yes (entitled Yes etc). The song features guest vocals from Philip Oakey of The Human League.

REVIEWS
x (...) a suitable lament for old times, featuring Philip Oakey doing a brilliant reprisal of early Human League "futurism". Good stuff, indeed. PopMatters

x It includes:
1. The word 'bloody' - meaning that copies of 'Yes' to come with this bonus CD should really have parental advisory stickers.
2. Chris Lowe a-warblin'.
3. Phil Oakey doing a scary voice.
4. One of the best bits of melody from the whole 'Yes' package.
5. Etc. Popjustice

x The song laments the future once promised us...no 2000AD, silver Blake's 7 outer space tunics or friendly robots... Like the Richard X track 'Fundamental', we think that people will end up wishing that this track wasn't hidden away on the limited edition of 'Yes etc' It starts of a bit like 'Being Boring' with a similar keyboard lead before going unusually weird and wonderful. The track features extensive vocals from Chris Lowe and he's in good voice. The track is very, very catchy... Philip get's to sing the line 'This used to be the future...' and he sounds very dramatic - it is quite wonderful hearing Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe and Philip Oakey in quick succession to some banging analogue electro. This is pop history in the making. Electronically Yours

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