Little man big man who came first
What is the measure of our worth
If there was a storm rolled in
Who'd run inside
Who'd go walking

Little man big man what's inside
It's all in the places where we find our pride
If there was a soul lost by the road
Who'd pass by
Who'd take it home

Where is the beast lying
Is there a beast hiding

Little man big man who is who
It's all in the damage that our toys can do
If there was a window pane
Who'd throw stones
Who'd walk away


Are we moving
Are we learning

Little man big man fade away
It's all in the violence of the games we play
It's all in the violence of the games we play
It's all in the love we give today

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Little Man, Big Man song meanings
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    General CommentThe references to powerful weapons:

    "It's all in the damage our toys can do"

    and the line:

    "It's all in the violence of the games we play"

    ..indicate to me that this is a song about mankind moving forward in many aspects while still failing to advance in other trains of thought.
    jobezarkon June 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe's basically asking if man is really progressing; if mankind as a whole is getting better or worse. At least, that's what I think.
    Bravuraon December 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe main thing I take away from this song is that you'll never know whats inside until you're faced with the dilemma or decision. It's just one more in the long line of songs by Glen Phillips that is amazing in its depth and meaning.
    SavageMadroxon December 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima were named "Little boy" and "Fat Man"

    "The violence of the games we play"

    "The damage that our toys can do"

    You can probably figure it out from there.
    gravitonon September 24, 2009   Link

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