Give me absolute control
Over every living soul

from Leonard Cohen – The Future Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Who is the singer of this song?

This line hints that it may be Satan, as the desire for absolute control of humanity is Satan’s defining characteristic in Christian mythology. It also ties nicely into the previous line, as Satan is also the one who tortures evil souls in hell.

However, this song is more complex than that, since it happens in “the future”, a post-apocalyptic world in which there are no longer distinct entities like God, Satan, and Mankind. Perhaps the singer is at once all three of those.

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