LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE

Album version


A letter come blowing in on an ill wind
Something 'bout me and you never seeing one another again
Yeah, well I knew it'd come, still I was struck deaf and dumb
Like when we kissed, that taste of blood on your tongue

Don't worry darling, now baby don't you fret
We're living in the future and none of this has happened yet
Don't worry darling, now baby don't you fret
We're living in the future and none of this has happened yet

Woke up election day, skies gunpowder and shades of grey
Beneath a dirty sun I whistle my time away
Then just about sundown you come walking through town
Your boot heels clicking like the barrel of a pistol spinning round

Don't worry darling, now baby don't you fret
We're living in the future and none of this has happened yet
Don't worry darling, now baby don't you fret
We're living in the future and none of this has happened yet

The earth it gave away, the sea rose towards the sun
I opened up my heart to you, it got all damaged and undone
My ship Liberty sailed away on a bloody red horizon
The groundskeeper opened the gates and let the wild dogs run

[Instrumental]

I'm rolling through town, a lost cowboy at sundown
Got my monkey on a leash, got my ear tuned to the ground
My faith's been torn asunder, tell me is that rolling thunder
Or just the sinking sound of something righteous going under

Don't worry darling, now baby don't you fret
We're living in the future and none of this has happened yet
Don't worry darling, now baby don't you fret
We're living in the future and none of this has happened yet
None of this has happened yet
None of this has happened yet
None of this has happened yet
None of this has happened yet

[Instrumental]

Na na na na, na na na na-na
Na na na na, na na na na-na
Na na na na, na na na na-na
Na na na na, na na na na-na
Na na na na, na na na na-na
Na na na na, na na na na-na
Na na na na, na na na na-na
[fades out]


Info

LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 2007 album Magic. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE as released in 2007.

Composition and Recording

It's unknown when exactly LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE was written, but the song was recorded during the Magic recording sessions which took place between March and May 2007 at Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta, GA. Soozie Tyrell contributes violin on this track.

Talking to Rolling Stone, producer Brendan O'Brien described the song as a "throwback to 'Hungry Heart,' an R&B thing."

Magic

Magic is Bruce Springsteen's fifteenth studio album. It was released on 02 Oct 2007 on Columbia Records. The album was officially announced, along with its track listing, on 16 Aug 2007. It was produced by Brendan O'Brien and was recorded between March and May 2007 at Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta, GA.

Bruce Springsteen -- Magic
Bruce Springsteen -- Magic

Magic was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album but failed to win. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, becoming Springsteen's eighth number one album in the U.S. and selling about 335,000 copies in its first week. In addition to the U.S., Magic peaked at number one in several European countries including the UK.

The album features 12 tracks and clocks at 50:48. The twelfth track is bonus hidden track that was added to the album two weeks after the album was announced.

Other Official Releases

Other versions of LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO 8/23/2008
The live 23 Aug 2008 version of LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE was released on the Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO 8/23/2008 official live download in 2017.

Live History

In preparation for the Magic Tour, LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE was performed during all of the tour's three public warm-up rehearsal shows that took place in September 2007 in Asbury Park and East Rutherford. The song is also known to have been practiced during at least two of the private rehearsals that took place in September 2007 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's first leg, and during at least one of the private rehearsals that took place in February 2008 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's second U.S. leg.

  1. 10 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  2. 18 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  3. 24 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (public rehearsal)
  4. 25 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (public rehearsal)
  5. 28 Sep 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ (public rehearsal)
  6. 25 Feb 2008 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)

LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE was performed 99 times during the Magic Tour (100 dates, October 2007 to August 2008), dropped from the set only on 21 Aug 2008 in Nashville, TN. The 30 Aug 2008 performance was during Harley-Davidson's 105th Anniversary Celebration.

  1. 02 Oct 2007 at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
  2. 05 Oct 2007 at Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
  3. 06 Oct 2007 at Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
  4. 09 Oct 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  5. 10 Oct 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  6. 14 Oct 2007 at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Canada
  7. 15 Oct 2007 at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
  8. 17 Oct 2007 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  9. 18 Oct 2007 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  10. 21 Oct 2007 at United Center, Chicago, IL
  11. 22 Oct 2007 at United Center, Chicago, IL
  12. 25 Oct 2007 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  13. 26 Oct 2007 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  14. 29 Oct 2007 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  15. 30 Oct 2007 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  16. 02 Nov 2007 at Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
  17. 04 Nov 2007 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
  18. 05 Nov 2007 at The Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
  19. 11 Nov 2007 at Verizon Center, Washington, DC
  20. 12 Nov 2007 at Verizon Center, Washington, DC
  21. 14 Nov 2007 at Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  22. 15 Nov 2007 at Times Union Center, Albany, NY
  23. 18 Nov 2007 at TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
  24. 19 Nov 2007 at TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
  25. 25 Nov 2007 at Palacio De Deportes De La Comunidad De Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  26. 26 Nov 2007 at Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao, Spain
  27. 28 Nov 2007 at Datch Forum, Milan, Italy
  28. 01 Dec 2007 at Gelredome, Arnhem, The Netherlands
  29. 02 Dec 2007 at Sap Arena, Mannheim, Germany
  30. 04 Dec 2007 at Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
  31. 08 Dec 2007 at Forum København, Copenhagen, Denmark
  32. 10 Dec 2007 at Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
  33. 12 Dec 2007 at Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
  34. 13 Dec 2007 at Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany
  35. 15 Dec 2007 at Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  36. 17 Dec 2007 at Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
  37. 19 Dec 2007 at The O2 Arena, London, England
  38. 28 Feb 2008 at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
  39. 02 Mar 2008 at Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
  40. 03 Mar 2008 at Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Canada
  41. 06 Mar 2008 at Blue Cross Arena At The War Memorial, Rochester, NY
  42. 07 Mar 2008 at HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY
  43. 10 Mar 2008 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
  44. 14 Mar 2008 at Qwest Center, Omaha, NE
  45. 16 Mar 2008 at Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
  46. 17 Mar 2008 at Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
  47. 20 Mar 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
  48. 22 Mar 2008 at U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
  49. 24 Mar 2008 at Value City Arena, Columbus, OH
  50. 28 Mar 2008 at Rose Garden, Portland, OR
  51. 29 Mar 2008 at Keyarena At Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
  52. 31 Mar 2008 at GM Place, Vancouver, BC
  53. 04 Apr 2008 at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
  54. 05 Apr 2008 at HP Pavilion At San Jose, San Jose, CA
  55. 07 Apr 2008 at Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
  56. 08 Apr 2008 at Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
  57. 13 Apr 2008 at American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
  58. 14 Apr 2008 at Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  59. 22 Apr 2008 at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
  60. 23 Apr 2008 at Amway Arena, Orlando, FL
  61. 25 Apr 2008 at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
  62. 27 Apr 2008 at Charlotte Bobcats Arena, Charlotte, NC
  63. 28 Apr 2008 at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
  64. 30 Apr 2008 at John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
  65. 02 May 2008 at Bankatlantic Center, Sunrise, FL
  66. 22 May 2008 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  67. 23 May 2008 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  68. 25 May 2008 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  69. 28 May 2008 at Old Trafford, Manchester, England
  70. 30 May 2008 at Emirates Stadium, London, England
  71. 31 May 2008 at Emirates Stadium, London, England
  72. 14 Jun 2008 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
  73. 16 Jun 2008 at LTU Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany
  74. 18 Jun 2008 at Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  75. 21 Jun 2008 at HSH Nordbank Arena, Hamburg, Germany
  76. 23 Jun 2008 at Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
  77. 25 Jun 2008 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
  78. 27 Jun 2008 at Parc Des Princes, Paris, France
  79. 29 Jun 2008 at Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  80. 04 Jul 2008 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
  81. 05 Jul 2008 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
  82. 07 Jul 2008 at Valle Hovin Stadion, Oslo, Norway
  83. 08 Jul 2008 at Valle Hovin Stadion, Oslo, Norway
  84. 11 Jul 2008 at Olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland
  85. 15 Jul 2008 at Estadio Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
  86. 17 Jul 2008 at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
  87. 19 Jul 2008 at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
  88. 20 Jul 2008 at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
  89. 27 Jul 2008 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  90. 28 Jul 2008 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  91. 31 Jul 2008 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  92. 02 Aug 2008 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
  93. 15 Aug 2008 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
  94. 16 Aug 2008 at North Charleston Coliseum, Charleston, SC
  95. 18 Aug 2008 at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA
  96. 19 Aug 2008 at Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, PA
  97. 23 Aug 2008 at Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
  98. 24 Aug 2008 at Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
  99. 30 Aug 2008 at The Roadhouse At The Lakefront, Milwaukee, WI

LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE was performed off-tour on 28 Sep 2007 (morning) at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, NY, during Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's live broadcast on The Today Show. See the live 28 Sep 2007 (morning) version for more details.

Covers

As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE.

Credits

Thanks Jay, Rick Holeman, and Debrah Block for the lyrics help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE on this website:

LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE [Album version]
LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE [Live 28 Sep 2007 (morning) version]

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