The Future Has Been Sold

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: PAST/PRESENT/FUTURE

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I have picked a song I loved from the moment I first heard it when I was a kiddo. In fact, I actually bunked off school the day we had tickets to see Blur at the Manchester G-Mex, because the detention I had been given by a very annoying and uptight geography teacher would have made me late. I know, I know, but that was all in the past. The present day Caramel would not do things like that – she is very reliable indeed.

I love the strings….I love the concept…it was just a fantastic track. British Gas thought so too! This is Blur (hard not to mention the word “Britpop”) and their very cool track “The Universal”.

This is the next century where the universal's free
You can find it anywhere, yes, the future has been sold
Every night we're gone and to karaoke songs
How we like to sing along though the words are wrong

It really, really, really could happen
Yes, it really, really, really could happen
When the days, they seem to fall through you
Well, just let them go

No one here is alone, satellites in every home
Yes, the universal's here, here for everyone
Every paper that you read says tomorrow's your lucky day
Well, here's your lucky day

It really, really, really could happen
Yes, it really, really, really could happen
If the days, they seem to fall through you
Well, just let them go
Well, it really, really, really could happen
Yes, it really, really, really could happen
When the days they seem to fall through you
Well, just let them go

Just let them go
Just let them go

Written by: Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree

14 thoughts on “The Future Has Been Sold”

  1. Psychological studies show that thinking and speaking of yourself in the third person (you calling yourself Carmel) increases wisdom and has a positive effect on your mental state because an individual who does so is more intellectually humble, more capable of empathy and understanding the perspectives of others, and is able to distance emotionally from one’s own problems. Nice music Carmel.

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    1. My oh my – I cannot claim to be any of the above dear Jim, but thank you for saying so. I do think all of those qualities are very admirable indeed though.

      Carmel is a very pretty name, but I sneak an “a” into the middle and make it Caramel. I enjoy thinking back to the music I enjoyed as a child.

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    1. I remember that concert so well Willow.
      We were outside the Manchester G-Mex waiting to see Blur. Across the road was a construction site, and the builders put up a huge sign which said WHAT’S THE STORY MORNING GLORY (the name of the Oasis album just released). There were perhaps around a hundred of us queueing up but more joined the queue throughout the day. We were all standing there waiting to see Blur, but we were singing Oasis songs. It was odd.

      Inside the venue, there was a young girl on stage with a violin and she played the Oasis track “Wonderall” as part of her set. All the audience were singing the words. But when Blur came on to the stage, they were brilliant.

      They were both great bands. I could not be doing with all supposed the rivalry between. them.

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      1. Yes heady days I lived it second hand via my middle son who was and still is a huge Oasis fan…..how could I not fall under their spell! I did also love Blur…both groups so right on for Brit pop all born circa 1975 like my middle son and his mates they followed Oasis all over the country even going to Ireland.
        I love your story of quequeing up for Blur and singing Oasis songs…so brilliant. I do love the title , What’s the story Morning Glory!
        My days of quequeing up we way earlier for the Stones, Yardbirds, Ike and Tina Turner, Geoff Beck, the latest I quequed was probably Wet Wet Wet! I wished I had not stopped but hey life!
        There was some hostility between Blur and Oasis but I think it was blown out of proportion….mind you the Gallagher fought like dogs . 💜💜💜

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