When no one looks the clouds come rolling in,
And under darkened skies the buildings grow big teeth and eyes.
They breathe and walk through unending doors,
Eating restaurants, and barbershops, and hardware stores.
With catch phrases and jingles stealing,
Steal and concrete lies,
The corridors of Babylon are craning for the skies.

Chorus:
Who's behind the curtain anyway,
Who pulls the levers and tells the lies?
Giants roam the land today,
Gaining dominance with every stride.

Oh don't you cry for the mom and pops,
Nothing but dry eyes for integrity's demise.
Hulking machines grind as whistles blow,
Corporate Darwinism crushes everything below.
Advances in efficiency increasing productivity,
Are narrowing the margin for liberty.

" This house is haunted by the ghost of Adam Smith,
The Wealth of Nations and the further death of innocence.
To rule the world, the desire of every man,
The earth is shaking,
There are giants in the land.

See the blood red sun is rising,
On the broken carnage from the darkest days.
Giants locked together arm and arm,
Pushing all the meek out of the way.


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    General CommentI think that this song is talking about how money and the strong desire of it is destroying Christianity and simple freedoms of people. It is talking about how no one is noticing (When no one looks the clouds come rolling in) that big business is taking over small business and pushing God out of thte picture completely (See the rest of the first verse).

    The second verse is elaborating on how big businesses are pushing out small businesses and thus, taking away the people's freedoms (Oh don't you cry for the mom and pops,/Nothing but dry eyes for integrity's demise.) The integrity's demise part is saying that big businesses are corrupt and taking away our liberty to choose our own businesses.

    Corporate Darwinism is not saying that businesses are anti-Christian specifically. It's talking about survival of the fittest and the strong survive (i.e. the big businesses thrive while the small ones die).

    Adam Smith is basically the man who invented American economics. To say "This house is haunted by the ghost of Adam Smith" is to say that everything in the economy reflects him.

    Bottom line, this song is about how big businesses are pushing God outu of our society with their corruption and lust for money and worldy possessions. Meanwhile, no one notices and those who do notice don't care or do anything about it.
    donkeykong325on September 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song! It like talks about a great part of my life where I never stood up for myself even though I should of and could of! It hits me on a personal level as well as a enterainment basis
    RevolutionRunneron April 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song. Although it is actually about big businesses (they mention Nike in the thank yous for it), it can also be taken for other meanings and applied to your life (like most Five Iron songs do, and all good songs should) :D Yeah.
    Gamzilla0on August 16, 2002   Link
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    General Commentbig corporations stomp out the independant companies
    J35U5_ownz_M3on September 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIf your wondering about the part where they say
    "This house is haunted by the ghost of Adam Smith,
    The Wealth of Nations and the further death of innocence. "
    you can find out about it and Adam Smith here:

    lucidcafe.com/library/96jun/…
    manwithoutfear181on July 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI love how Reese Roper from FIF holds a mirror up to you in Giants, showing you the world at its worse and then asks you to see yourself in the picture. Are we contributing to the worlds infatuation of celebrating power and domination? Notice the very curt 'desire of every man' bit.

    To rule the world, the desire of every man, The earth is shaking, There are giants in the land.

    Reese uses industry giants as the main metaphor here (Adam Smith stuff) with its clear adoption of survival of the fittest to conquer all competition, in order to dominate.

    IMHO Reese is a damn lyrical genius, in the same league as Bono and Jon Foreman (Both Christians in a secular band writing biblical poetry into their music). Reese I salute you.
    brandon118on May 05, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI love the part were it says:
    "Hulking machines grind as whistles blow,
    Corporate Darwinism crushes everything below.".

    Corporate Darwinism, what does this mean?

    Well Darwin was an anti-Christian how renowned the FALSE theory of evolution, he was an evil man.

    I'm guessing Corporate Darwinism is a united forse of unGodly hard-hearted people.
    clutteron August 11, 2006   Link

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