EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘In The Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)’ – Zager and Evans

What was the number one song in the UK on 30th August 1969?

American duo and one-hit wonders, Zager and Evans were at number one with In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus) for 3 weeks.

Musically, this song sounds very outdated, even for 1969. However, it was written 5 years earlier, so this may explain why. The subject matter can hardly be described as outdated though, as the year 2525 is in the title and the song describes the future of humanity and earth right up to the year 10,000. It’s a bleak prediction and now in the 2020, I find myself nodding along to some of these predictions  “life becomes increasingly sedentary and automated: thoughts are pre-programmed into pills for people to consume, machines take over all work, resulting in eyes, teeth, and limbs losing their purposes, and marriage becomes obsolete since children are conceived in test tubes.” I think the song is trying to serve as a god-fearing stark warning of our future. It’s unique, that’s for sure and I actually quite like it.

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
You won’t 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 judgment 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
In the year 2525, if man is still alive
If woman can survive, they may find

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