Jonathan Coulton
Singer/Songwriter
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Jonathan Coulton Performs "The Future Soon"

Jonathan Coulton Performs "The Future Soon"

An unplugged rendition of one of the musician's most popular songs.

Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton is a musician and songwriter. A former computer programmer and self-described geek, Coulton tends to write quirky, witty lyrics about topics like science fiction and technology: a man who thinks in simian terms, a mad scientist who falls in love with one of his captives, and the dangers of bacteria. His most famous hits are "Code Monkey," "Still Alive," "Skullcrusher Mountain," and "The Future Soon." He is largely associated with the folk rock genre, though he occasionally experiments with other styles. His primary instrument is the guitar, but he also plays all of the other instruments in most of his recorded songs.

Transcript

Question: Can you sing us a song? 

Jonathan Coulton: Last week I left a note on Laura's desk. It said I love you, signed anonymous friend. Turns out she's smarter than I thought she was. She knows I wrote it, now the whole class does too. And I'm alone during couples skate when she skates by with some guy on her arm, but I know that I'll forget the look of pity in her face when I'm living in my solar dome on a platform in space. 'Cause it's gonna to be the future soon and I won't always be this way, when the things that make me weak and strange get engineered away.  It's gonna be the future soon. I've never seen it quite so clear and when my heart is breaking I can close my eyes and it's already here. I'll probably be some kind of scientist building inventions in my space lab in space. I'll end world hunger; I'll make dolphins speak. Work through the daytime; spend my nights and weekends perfecting my warrior robot race. Building them one laser gun at a time, I will do my best to teach them about life and what it's worth. I just hope that I can keep them away from destroying the Earth. 'Cause it's gonna be the future soon and I won't always be this way. When the things that make me weak and strange get engineered away, it's gonna be the future soon. I've never seen it quite so clear and when my heart is breaking I can close my eyes and it's already. Here on Earth they'll wonder as I piece by piece replace myself and the steel and circuits will make me whole, but I'll still feel so alone until Laura calls me home. I'll see her standing by the monorail. She'll look the same except for bionic eyes. She lost the real ones in the robot wars. I'll say I'm sorry, she'll say it's not your fault, or is it? She'll eye me suspiciously hearing the whir of the servos inside, she will scream and try to run, but there's nowhere she can hide, when a crazy cyborg wants to make you his robot bride. Well, it's gonna be the future soon and I won't always be this way. When the things that make me weak and strange get engineered away, it's gonna be the future soon. I've never seen it quite so clear and when my heart is breaking I can close my eyes and it's already ... Thank you.

Recorded on May 6, 2010
Interview conducted by Austin Allen
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