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Gina Taylor on Original Sin

Erika Christensen on the soundtrack to the film Wuthering Heights

Meat Loaf and Jennifer Hudson on Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose

Patti Russo on a demo recording[1]

Ariana DeBose at Total Eclipse: The Music of Jim Steinman

Similar SongsEdit

This song shares musical elements with "Come With Me," "For Crying Out Loud," and "Seize the Night."

LyricsEdit

I never knew so many bad times
Could follow me so mercilessly
It's almost surreal
All the pain that I feel
The future ain't what it used to be

It doesn't matter what they're thinking
It doesn't matter what they're thinking of me
It's always so cold
I'm too young to be old
The future ain't what it used to be

Were there ever any stars in the sky
Did the sun ever shine so bright?
Do you have any dreams I could borrow
Just to get me through the lonely night?

Is there anything left to hold on to
When the rivers wash it all away?
Is there anyone left to hold on to
Is there anything left I can say?

Say a prayer for the falling angels
Stem the tide of the rising waters
Toll a bell for the brokenhearted
Burn a torch for your sons and daughters
The endless night has got a hold of me
Dark days are pulling me forward
And all the tears are washing over me
I'm crying, lost forever
In a future that ain't what it used to be
No more, no more, no more

It's like a storm that's never ending
It's like a shadow on the land and the sea
There's nothing as sad as
A tomorrow gone bad
The future ain't what it used to be

Some days I feel so numb and empty
And those would be the good days for me
Nothing gets to me now
Unless I'm thinking of how
The future ain't what it used to be

Is there anything left to hold on to
When the rivers wash it all away?
Is there anyone left to hold on to
Is there anything left I can say?

Say a prayer for the falling angels
Stem the tide of the rising waters
Toll a bell for the brokenhearted
Burn a torch for your sons and daughters
The endless night has got a hold of me
Dark days are pulling me forward
And all the tears are washing over me
I'm crying, lost forever
In a future that ain't what it used to be
No more, no more, no more

The future just ain't what it used to be
It's never gonna be like it was
The future just ain't what it used to be
I wish it wouldn't come but it does
I wish it wouldn't come but it always does

Alternate LyricsEdit

I never knew so many bad times
Could follow me so mercilessly
It's almost surreal
All the pain that I feel
The future ain't what it used to be

It doesn't matter what they're thinking
It doesn't matter what they're thinking of me
It's always so cold
Guess I was born to be old
The future ain't what it used to be

There's never been anyone else
Who could believe in me exactly like you
And all I ever needed was another moment
And a chance to make it all come true

When I saw you I was sure that we must have been dreaming each other
It was just too perfect to last
Every memory that we made was golden
But memories often come and go in a flash
And all you got's a lot of golden oldies
And I still don't believe that the best of my future
Is forever just a part of my past
But I believe it when you--

Hold me now and then a little longer
Show me how to live a little stronger tonight
Dream on now and then a little harder
Show me how to go a little farther tonight
Touch me now and then a little gently
Tell me how the angels must have sent me tonight
Show me what the meaning of romance is
Show me how the dancers all get lost in the dance

Say a prayer for the falling angels
Stem the tide of the rising waters
Toll a bell for the broken hearted
Burn a torch for your sons and daughters
The endless night has got a hold of me
Dark days are pulling me forward
These ancient tears are washing over me--
I'm crying and I'm trapped forever--
In a future that ain't what it used to be
No more, no more, no more, no more

It's like a storm that's never ending
It's like a shadow on the land and the sea
There's nothing so sad as
A tomorrow gone bad
The future ain't what it used to be

Some days I feel so numb and empty
And those would be the good days for me
Nothing gets to me now
Unless I'm thinking of how
The future ain't what it used to be

Were there ever any stars in the sky
Did the sun ever shine so bright?
Do you have any dreams I could borrow
Just to get me through the lonely night?
Is there anything left to hold on to
When the rivers wash it all away?
Is there anyone left to hold on to
Is there anything left I can say?

Say a prayer for the falling angels
Stem the tide of the rising waters
Toll a bell for the broken hearted
Burn a torch for your sons and daughters
The endless night has got a hold on me
Dark days are pulling me forward
These ancient tears are washing over me
I'm crying and I'm lost forever
In a future that ain't what it used to be
No more, no more, no more

Hold me now and then a little longer
Show me how to live a little stronger tonight
Dream on now and then a little harder
Show me how to go a little farther tonight
Touch me now and then a little gently
Tell me how the angels must have sent me tonight
Show me what the meaning of romance is
Show me how the dancers all get lost in the dance

The future just ain't what it used to be
It's never gonna be like it was
The future just ain't what it used to be
I wish it wouldn't come but it does
I wish it wouldn't come but it always does

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