Pop Idol of the 22nd century

Pop Idol of the 22nd century

mike skliar's picture

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This is something that came out as i was playing an old resonator guitar in open G tuning (that so-called Keith Richards tuning, actually)

Kind of a 'what happens in the future to pop music' if you will....

Lyrics: 

The critics will use fancy words like synergy and re contextualizing
but if you know the past, its really nothing surprising
pop idol of the 22nd century
recycling all the tropes that were always meant to be

They're gonna call you another Beatles or Elvis
with a loyal audience that never heard nothing like this
pop idol of a future time
ransacking the past and making it rhyme

History repeats itself as tragedy and then as farce
you'll wow the crowd by rediscovering electric guitars
though Dylan went electric 200 years before
that was before the third and fourth world war

by the time you will be born, melody will be a lost art
but your songs will have at least four notes, I guess that's a start
pop idol of 2164
wants to hold your hand just like before, (yeah yeah yeah)

The cycle continues little is new
every generation's got its blue suede shoes
the roots of this music came from those who picked cotton
a fact that even now is conveniently forgotten

The critics will use fancy words like synergy and re contextualizing
but if you know the past, its really nothing surprising
pop idol of the 22nd century
recycling all the tropes that were always meant to be

(c) M. Skliar 2019



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cindyrella's picture

Perfect satire with so many other great things in this one! I love this line History repeats itself as tragedy and then as farce!

sbs2018's picture

Yep, you got that right! The instrumentation, especially in the beginning, reminds me of "Mystery Train" by Elvis. Good job!

coolparadiso's picture

Yes onwards to satire! Some great touchpoints, ah and the harmonica had me! Nice one!

NuJ4X's picture

I’m speechless. I listened and I loved it and I really wanted to leave you a really awesome comment...but I’m literally just speechless.

Great song. I have nothing to say because you’ve said it all <3

kahlo2013's picture

Cool creative satirical concept - imaging the future of pop - what a fantastic music delivery. Really well conceived and executed!

fresh spotless youth's picture

This is fantastic! You had me from that first line. I love the way you rap out those lyrics, which are on point all the time. BTW: I'm going to be the pop star of 2164. I'm looking into cryogenic freezing right now. You've got a hit, here, Nice!

Acousticmaddie's picture

I really came for the title but this is a perfect satir song. You really caught the dept of idol and talent shows. Very well played