Once, long ago there was a time in what now seems a distant land
Each small boutique was precious and unique
'Cause every little thing was made by hand
Then there came a revolution
The progress of production was its aim
Now instead of one, there were many
And each costs just a penny
But every single one looks just the same

Now there's a Starbucks on every bloody corner
McDonald's on everybody's street
There's a White Castle, Wendy's and Walmart
And then it all repeats
If you're th kind that looks down on the masses
Even for you there's a feint
Get some New Rocks or a pair of Docs
Look just like those who ain't

(Chorus)
And that is how (Tell us how)
It came to be (How can it be?)
After two long centuries
That in the name (What's in a name?)
Of human greed
The industrial revolution fixed everything for me
(Everyone) (For every bloody one)
It came into our lives and gave us uniformity by taking choice away from you (and me)
(By taking choice away from you. Taking choice away from me. Taking choice away from you and me)

And so now if one does will with a business
They open two more and then three
They buy in bulk in big massive hulks
At which points it's nearly free
As they grow bigger their prices get lower
Until they become a chain
The smaller stores all shut their doors and buckle 'neath the strain

(Chorus)
And that is how (Tell us how)
It came to be (How can it be?)
After two long centuries
That in the name (What's in a name?)
Of human greed
The industrial revolution fixed everything for me
(Everyone) (For every bloody one)
It came into our lives and gave us uniformity by taking choice away from you (and me)
(By taking choice away from you. Taking choice away from me. Taking choice away from you and me)

Now the machines are working tirelessly
Through all night and day
Making garbage in our image
For a world that's made our way
And they won't stop until every inch
From Peru to Bombay
Looks like a mall in the US of A


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    General CommentThe smaller stores all shutter their doors*
    youuxxsuckkon September 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love the mechanical run in the final stanza

    the loss of choice is exaggerated
    one can still make their own stuff
    Matt Holckon October 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWith how today's business works, I think that everyone initially has many more choices than they did originally. The down side to unique boutiques and stores is that people in a different town or state would never get to experience what the business has to offer.

    The standing issue, then, is that these choices very quickly reach their limit. I hate going to malls because I know what they will always have to offer, and I almost never find anything I like. I don't like the idea of wearing shirts with logo's or catch-phrases I don't understand or don't really believe in. I refuse to be a walking advertisement for corporations and individuals just because it's popular to do so.

    In order to really be an "individual" in appearance, you've only got a few choices these days: Either go with generic or plain clothes, like solid color shirts and such, and mix and match with other jeans or shoes you like. You can also pay for the more expensive clothes, but really, there's no point. One pair of underwear is pricier than another because some guy's name is on the back of it. The material is rarely anything to be proud of, and the artificial wear and tear look is down right insulting. The last option is shopping at thrifts stores, but even then, you're just wearing the recycled and forgotten products of today's society.

    All that being said, I'd rather that the industrial revolution hadn't exploded like it had. While it's certainly had its perks and uses, I think that anything can and will turn bad when it expands too much.
    Naota391on June 27, 2010   Link

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