Songs That Predicted The Future

Posted: October 27, 2016 in Music, Rock Lyrics, Rock Music, The Unknown, Things I Love


Oddly enough there have been a few songs that, coincidentally or not, seemed to foretell the future. I know, weird, but I wouldn’t lie to y’all. Anyhoo, let’s take a gander . . .

Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (album)

A lot of folks believe this album predicted 9/11. Let’s take a look.

First of all, from the song “Jesus, Etc.”:

“Tall buildings shake, Voices escape singing sad sad songs,

Voices whine, Skyscrapers are scraping together, Your voice is smoking.”

Well, that is a little unnerving I suppose. Let’s continue . . .

From the song “War on War”:

“Moving forward through the flaming doors, You have to lose, You have to learn how to die if you want to be alive.”

Yikes. Still, not that bad I guess? Wait . . .

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was to be released on September 11th, 2001.

Want more? Here are a couple of other nifty notes about this album:

1) It features another song called “Ashes of American Flags” and

2) The cover art bears a passing resemblance to a couple of tall buildings.


Holy . . .

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Street Survivors (album)

On October 20, 1977, just three days after the release of the now unfortunately titled Street Survivors, the plane Lynyrd Skynyrd was traveling in crashed in a forest near Gillsburg, Mississippi. The line “the smell of death surrounds you” in the song “That Smell” took on a whole new ugly meaning after three bandmates, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, perished. As if the song and the album title weren’t enough, thanks to the plane crash, Street Survivors now had quite possibly the most inappropriate album cover in the history of albums covers.


Oh boy.

Yep, that’s Lynyrd Skynyrd and yep, they are indeed on fire. Unfortunate, man.

Hank Williams: I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive

Well hell, that pretty much lays it out there, huh? Then again, we’re all dying at some point so maybe it’s not that big of a deal. Then again, there’s this little nugget – “I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive” was the last single Hank Williams released in his lifetime. Consider the chorus:

“No matter how I struggle and strive. I’ll never get out of this world alive.”

Ole’ Hank barely made it out of the rest of the year alive. On the morning of January 1st, 1953, just months after the song was released, he was pronounced dead at the Oak Hill Hospital emergency room.

Note: After Hank’s death his record sales skyrocketed, so he was the first artist whose family and record company benefited from his passing. Elvis, John Lennon and many others followed. Wait. Does Beethoven count?

Jimi Hendrix: The Ballad of Jimi

hendrixIn 1965 Jimi Hendrix waltzed into a New York recording studio and cut a new song about how some brother named Jimi was going to be dead in five years. “The Ballad of Jimi” starts when Hendrix declares that the song is dedicated to the memory of his best friend. That the friend’s name is a guitar player named Jimi is apparently to be chalked up to coincidence. Seriously, that’s what they thought at the time. Then again, they were all probably drugged out of their skulls so there’s that.

If you don’t mind being weirded out of your mind, take a gander at these lyrics:

Many things he would try, for he knew soon he’d die, Now Jimi’s gone, he’s not alone, His memory still lives on. Five years, this he said. He’s not gone, he’s just dead.”

And nearly 5-years later to the day, he was dead, having choked to death on his own vomit. Sweet son of a mother that’s creepy.

The Buggles: Video Killed the Radio Star


Visionaries I tell ya!

Sure, there were music videos as far back as the 60’s (see The Beatles, man), but it wasn’t until MTV was unleashed on the world at 12:01am on August 1, 1981, when this video was first shown. The thing is, the video predicted exactly what was to come. Cool.

There’s another song that purported to predict the future called “Murder Was The Case”, but it was by Snoop Dogg and predicted he’d be charged with murder, which came true a couple years later. But seriously, is it that much of a stretch for a rapper to predict he’d be charged with murder? I think not. Because of this I left a song by Tupac out as well.

Have a great weekend.


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