The Industrial Revolution (And How it Ruined My Life)

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 are 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 White Castle, Wendy’s and Walmart.
And then it all repeats. If you’re the kind
That looks down on the masses, even for your
There’s a feint. Get some New Rocks or a
Pair of Docs. Look just like those who ain’t.
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.
It came into our lives and gave us uniformity by
Taking choice away from you.

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 point
It’s nearly free. As they grow bigger their
Prices get lower until they become a chain.
The smaller stores all shutter their doors and
Buckle ‘neath the stain.
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 everyone.
It came into our lives and gave us uniformity by
Taking choice away from you and me.

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 every bloody one.
It came into our lives and gave us uniformity 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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