This 1930 Song About 1992 Didn't Mention Kurt Cobain Even Once

In 1930, Arthur Fields and Fred Hall recorded a song about the futuristic world of 1992. And, if you can believe it, they didn't mention a single grunge band. Not even once.

No Soundgarden. No Nirvana. These supposedly future-minded charlatans didn't even give a passing mention to Eddie Vedder.

Then what were these guys yammering about? Zipping halfway around the world in an hour and a half, alcohol prohibition, and financial assistance for the nation's struggling farmers. What a buncha nonsense.

I just read a story, and if that story's true

Here are the things that are gonna happen in 1992

If you all wanna travel, that won't be hard to do

We'll get to Spain in an hour and a half in 1992

In 1992, In 1992

You'll get to Spain in an hour and a half in 1992

You'll start to go a-fishin' with just a worm or two

The fish will jump right in your boat

And tell ya "Howdya do"

But ya bet yer bottom dollar, if what I hear is true

We'll still be cryin' for farm relief in 1992

In 1992, In 1992

We'll still be cryin' for farm relief in 1992

In 1992, In 1992

We'll still be making liquor in 1992

The song was covered and adapted by Vernon Dalhart (probably later in the 1930s) who added verses about meal pills. But again, no grunge music. What a crock.

What a funny old world this world will be in 1992

And when we want our dinner

A steak or barbecue

We'll eat a red or little green pill

and say, "Well, now I'm through"

We'll still have people tell us

what we ought not to do

But we'll still be making liquor in 1992

The rooster will crow louder

each morn at half past four

The hens will lay a two pound egg

and maybe two or more

The cows will give ten gallons a day

but what good will that do?

They will still be waterin' all the milk in 1992

In 1992, In 1992

What a funny old world this world will be in 1992

Oh, the corn will grow much higher

and the wheat and cotton, too

We'll never have to push a plow in 1992

We'll plant the corn and cotton

That's what we'll have to do

But the crows will still have an appetite in 1992

Your mule won't be so stubborn

and won't be half so slow

He'll turn around and look at you

and say, "Come on, let's go"

But the mule I got down on the farm

sticks there as fast as glue

and I think he'll still be standin' there in 1992

In 1992, In 1992

What a funny old world this world will be in 1992

Thanks to Nathan Jurgenson for a reminder about the existence of this song.

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