"Adam's Atoms" as written by and Greg Graffin Brett Gurewitz....
Some live, some die
Everybody wonders why we're here
Should we even try?
Philosophers lost in the night
A beacon in the distance
You gotta turn around
It's vestige dimly flickers
In elocution sound

The modernest chronometer uptight and underwound
Pretensions of a higher ground
Higher ground
introspective paradise found

Adam's Atoms resound

Economy of nature
the dead and shallow graves
the particles of happiness elude us of their names
A psychosymbiotical reflection on the waves
Eternal is the night and day
Night and day
Omnipresence is losing faith

Adam's Atoms remain

The righteous opposition has led us all astray
One side against the other, one loses one reclaimed
And if reconciliation eludes us every day
Then will we ever find a way
Find a way
Not with a religionious gaze

Adam's Atoms remain
Adam's Atoms betray
Adam's Atoms remain


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    General CommentThis song is about Adam Smith (Graffin says so on New Maps Deluxe), "Father of modern economics" and a Darwin inspiration. He was believed to be a Deist, someone who believes in a higher being as a creator, but not that it intervenes in natural causes of nature or events nor affects humankind.

    It may refer to Smith's being part of the Scottish Enlightenment that led to the first major current of atheism and deism that can be pined in history, and how it left an imprint in today's theories.
    yankblanon October 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA dual meaning to this song, that Greg said was unintentional, is that Adam is referring to the story of creation. But looking at the lyrics, instead of just the title, it's plain to see it's not the case.
    notaloser87on July 12, 2009   Link

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