The Future Soon/Tabs
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
 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.