The Future Ain't What It Used To Be

by Nick Flora

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We were promised cities in the sky
Vacations to mars
In cars that could fly

Instead we fight the wars of
The men came before us

Oh the future ain’t what it used to be

We were told with a four year degree
We could climb every ladder
And reach for our dreams

But now we’re working 2 jobs
Just to pay our student loans off

Oh the future ain’t what it used to be

It seemed like a good idea at the time
To listen to those in power

If we’d only knew
They had no clue
And they’re guess was as good as ours

We were raised that the Gospel is truth
And God’s favorite colors are red, white, and blue
But while under his favor
We trampled every neighbor
Oh glory be, hallelujah

If we could dream it then we could achieve it
As long as you’re straight and white
They say “created equal”
And hope that you’re not able to
read between the lines

We trusted our leaders to lead
To speak for the people from the towers to the streets
But when they won’t speak for us
We’ll rise up in chorus
And make the future what it needs to be


released August 7, 2020


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