The Future Soon

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The Future Soon
ReleaseWhere Tradition Meets Tomorrow
Release date10-01-2004
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Demo version: {{#song:The+Future+Soon+(Demo) }} "The Future Soon" is a song on Jonathan Coulton's second album, Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow. It is one of Jonathan's most regularly played songs in his live shows, often appearing at the opening of a set.


"The Future Soon" was, in its early days, performed as part of John Hodgman's Little Gray Books Lecture #18, "What Will Happen In The Future". During the course of Little Gray Books, Jonathan was discovered by Andrew Zolli, curator of the Pop!Tech technology conference. While Jonathan had been playing music for some time (including having released his first album, Smoking Monkey), it was after a performance of "The Future Soon" that Andrew approached Jonathan.

Jonathan was invited to play "The Future Soon" at Pop!Tech 2003. On October 17, 2003, he performed as one of the events scheduled between official sessions. This performance was so well-received by the audience that Jonathan was asked to play several more songs over the course of the weekend-long conference, including "Gambler's Prayer" and "Mandelbrot Set". Jonathan later cites Pop!Tech 2003 as the cause of several career-shaping decisions (contributing to Popular Science Magazine, releasing music under Creative Commons), making "The Future Soon" a unique keystone of Jonathan's early career.

Demo version

A demo performance of "The Future Soon" was recorded by Jonathan Coulton before the version that was eventually released on Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow. The recording comprised of Jonathan's solo vocals accompanied by an acoustic guitar. Some of the lyrics in the demo version differ slightly from those in the published version. These changes are listed in the notes included on the lyrics page.

The demo version of this song is part of the non-album collection Other Experiments and is available on the Jonathan Coulton Store as "The Future Soon (Demo)". look at two rtaelively big occurences this year: United Breaks Guitars and the JK Wedding Dance and their search trends on Google (click for larger image): JK Wedding Dance United Breaks



"The Future Soon" is available for purchase in the Jonathan Coulton MP3 Store as an individual track or as part of Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow. Of course, this song is also included as part of the "Everything" playlist.

Downloadable FLAC versions of the above are available in the Jonathan Coulton FLAC Store


As of February 2008, the CD version of Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow is out of print and is no longer available.

Other versions

The demo version of "The Future Soon" is also available on the MP3 Store as an individual track or as part of Other Experiments. This song is also included as part of the "Everything" playlist.

A karaoke version of "The Future Soon" (studio recording version) is available on the Jonathan Coulton Karaoke Store.

This song is also now available through the music streaming application Spotify here

"The Future Soon" is also on Pandora streaming radio.

The Yale Spizzwinks did an acapella version at Jamnesia 2009

I Fight Dragons, a rock band from Chicago, has also covered "The Future Soon".

The song is also a track on Harmonix's Rock Band Network of which Jonathan Coulton is an avid supporter. It lists for 160 Microsoft Points or $1.99 on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, respectively.


Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow
1. The Future Soon · 2. Skullcrusher Mountain · 3. I Crush Everything · 4. Betty and Me · 5. Mandelbrot Set
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1. Code Monkey · 2. Ikea · 3. I Feel Fantastic · 4. Mandelbrot Set · 5. Tom Cruise Crazy · 6. Shop Vac · 7. Chiron Beta Prime · 8. I'm Your Moon · 9. My Monkey · 10. Skullcrusher Mountain · 11. I Crush Everything · 12. When You Go · 13. A Talk with George · 14. You Ruined Everything · 15. Creepy Doll · 16. Mr. Fancy Pants · 17. Baby Got Back · 18. First of May · 19. Re: Your Brains · 20. The Future Soon
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1. The Future Soon · 2. Ikea · 3. Shop Vac · 4. I'm Your Moon · 5. Baby Got Back · 6. Kenesaw Mountain Landis · 7. Chiron Beta Prime · 8. Tom Cruise Crazy · 9. Code Monkey · 10. Creepy Doll · 11. Still Alive · 12. Mr. Fancy Pants · 13. I Crush Everything · 14. Skullcrusher Mountain · 15. Mandelbrot Set · 16. You Ruined Everything · 17. Re: Your Brains · 18. A Talk with George · 19. I Feel Fantastic · 20. First of May