The Future Soon/Tabs

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Original transcription by Khavall, revised by Suuuupaadave, some corrections by Paradoxian.

For more info, see Suuuupaadave's guitar lesson for this song...

Chords
D      xx0232
Dsus4  xx0233
F#     244322
Bm     x24432
D7     xx0212
G      320033
Dmaj7  xx0222
BmM7   x24332
Bm7    x24232
E      022100
A      x02220
Em     022000
D/F#   2x0232
Gm     355333
A7sus4 x02030
Bb     688766 (alt x13331)
F      133211
A7     x02020
A+     x07665 (alt. A+ x03221 or A+7 x03223)

Intro: |D |Dsus4|D |Dsus4|

Verse 1
D                          F#
Last week I left a note on Laura's desk
Bm                        D7
It said I love you signed anonymous friend
G                              Dmaj7
Turns out she's smarter than I thought she was
G                             D           F#
She knows I wrote it, now the whole class does too
    Bm                   BmM7      
And I'm all alone during couple's skate
Bm7                          E
When she skates by with some guy on her arm
      G              A                  G           A
But I know that I'll forget the look of pity in her face
         G            A               G           A
When I'm living in my solar dome on a platform in space

Chorus
                        D           A
Cause it's gonna be the future soon
        Bm             G
I won't always be this way
          D                  A        
When the things that make me weak and strange get 
Em D/F#     G     A
engineered away
                  D          A
It's gonna be the future soon
      Bm               G
never seen it quite so clear
    Gm               D              Em
And when my heart is breaking I can close my eyes and
A7sus4        D
it's already here

Verse 2
D                             F#
I'll probably be some kind of scientist
Bm                        D7
Building inventions in my space lab in space
G                               Dmaj7
I'll end world hunger I'll make dolphins speak
G                                  D          F#
Work through the daytime, spend my nights and weekends
   Bm                 BmM7
Perfecting my warrior robot race
Bm7                     E
Building them one laser gun at a time
       G             A
I will do my best to teach them
      G                  A
About life and what it's worth
       G               A                 G           A
I just hope that I can keep them from destroying the Earth

Chorus
                        D           A
Cause it's gonna be the future soon
        Bm             G
I won't always be this way
          D                  A        
When the things that make me weak and strange get 
Em D/F#     G     A
engineered away
                  D          A
It's gonna be the future soon
      Bm               G
never seen it quite so clear
Gm               D              Em
when my heart is breaking I can close my eyes and
A7sus4
it's already...

Bridge
Bb                    F
Here on Earth they'll wonder
     Bb             D
As I piece by piece replace myself
        Bb                      F
And the steel and circuits will make me whole
Em                     A7sus4 A7
But I'll still feel so alone
Em                   A+ *
Until Laura calls me home
  [ * Instead of A+, JoCo plays A or A7(sus) here when he plays this song live; the A+ is a little hard to hit accurately. ]

Verse 3
D                             F#
 I'll see her standing by the monorail
Bm                               D7
 She'll look the same except for bionic eyes
G                              Dmaj7
 She lost the real ones in the robot wars
G                               D        F# 
 I'll say I'm sorry, she'll say it's not your fault
   Bm
Or is it?
                   BmM7
And she eyes me suspiciously
Bm7                     E
Hearing the whir of the servos inside
         G                 A
She will scream and try to run
            G               A
But there's nowhere she can hide
       G            A                 G         A
When a crazy cyborg wants to make you his robot bride

Chorus
                        D           A
Well it's gonna be the future soon
        Bm             G
I won't always be this way
          D                  A        
When the things that make me weak and strange get 
Em D/F#     G     A
engineered away
                  D          A
It's gonna be the future soon
      Bm               G
never seen it quite so clear
Gm               D              Em
when my heart is breaking I can close my eyes and
A7sus4            
it's already here

[edit] Alternative voicing suggestions (from Paradoxian)

  • For a little bit more dramatic entrance into the chorus, try altering the last pair of "G - A" before the chorus to Em 022003 - A7sus x02033, or alternatively Em7 022033 - A7sus x02233. The E to A makes the cadence a bit more final (ii - V - I).
  • To get a bit smoother voice leading, change the E in the verse sequence "Bm - BmM7 - Bm7 - E" to Eadd9 022102. This smoothes the top string from F# - E - G to F# - F# - G, and is the closest thing to continuing to bring the moving note down (B, A#, A, G#) while keeping the other notes constant.
  • To make the transition to the Gm chord at the end of the chorus easier, voice the G before it as the barre chord 355433 instead of the standard voicing. This is only one fret up from Bm, and then you just have to lift your middle finger to get to Gm. Or, you can alternatively play Gm as 310033, which will also make the transition from G to Gm smoother.
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