"In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)"

(1964)

 

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                               written entirely, lyrics & music, and is owned by    Richard (Rick) S. Evans,  U.S. ©1968 #Eu-47617. Verify: BMI.com (Broadcast Music, Inc.),

 (1943 - 2018)

 

                         performed by:         Denny Zager   and     Rick Evans         Reached #1 in July of 1969

                   (1944)                                  (1943 - 2018)            

 

The song was written and composed by Rick Evans in 1964 and originally released on a small regional record label (Truth Records) in 1968.

US Billboard Hot 100 number one single: July 12, 1969 - August 16, 1969

Reached #1 07-12-69 on the Billboard Charts

 

 

CARMEN EZGETA'S GOUESTBOOK:    Richard (Rick) S. Evans (1943 - 2018)   on Sunday, December 08, 2013 10:16 PM...

 

 

The first time man landed on the moon through the spaceflight Apollo 11, the song "In The Year 2525" dominated the charts that summer.
It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary and No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100,
where it stayed for six weeks, making it the longest-running No. 1 that year.
And as it nears its end, it wonders if mankind will still be alive in the year 9595,
after taking everything the world can give without giving anything back.

Zager revealed that Evans wrote the lyrics of "In The Year 2525" within just ten minutes at the back of a Volkswagen van after partying all night.

Zager and Evans were a one-hit wonder, never releasing another charting single.
This occurred in both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart and as of 2022,
they are the only recording artists ever to have a chart-topping number one hit on both sides of the Atlantic
and never have another Billboard charting single in the US or the UK for the rest of their career.

Two lines of the song are sung by the inmate Murphy in the 1992 movie Alien 3 immediately prior to his death.
The song was rewritten and used as the introductory theme for the 2000 TV series Cleopatra 2525.
In 2010, it was parodied as "In the Year 252525" in the seventh episode of Futurama's sixth season.
 

 

 

Earth photo by F. Espenak. NASA's  GSFC ( 2004. Transit of Venus )

 

 

 

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In the year 2525
If man is still alive   
If woman can survive      
They may find........         

 In the year 3535        
Ain't gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lies              
Everything you think, do, or say                  
Is in the pill you took today                   

           In the year 4545                  
Ain't gonna need your teeth, won't need your eyes                       
You won't find a thing to chew                         
Nobody's gonna look at you                          

In the year 5555                    
Your arms are hanging limp at your sides                        
Your legs got nothing to do                        
Some machine, doing that for you                       

In the year 6565                
Ain't gonna need no husband, won't need no wife                  
You'll pick your son, pick your daughter too                 
From the bottom of a long glass tube              

In the year 7510      
If God's a comin' he ought to make it by then    
Maybe he'll look around himself and say 
``Guess it's time for the Judgement day''

In the year 8510
  God's gonna shake his mighty head
   He'll either say ``I'm pleased where man has been''
     Or tear it down and start again

    In the year 9595
      I'm kinda wondering if man's gonna be alive
       He's taken everything this old earth can give
         And he ain't put back nothing...

      Now it's been 10,000 years
        Man has cried a billion tears
         For what he never knew
           Now man's reign is through
             But through the eternal night
               The twinkling of starlight
                 So very far away
                   Maybe it's only yesterday...

          In the year 2525
            If man is still alive
             If woman can survive
               They may find.......