The Globalist was originally going to be called The British Empire or The Rise and Fall of a Dictator or an Empire and it’s like the opposite of the story we heard so far, like a 2nd story (epilogue, long epilogue) because the main part of the album you have the personal journey - giving up on yourself, losing faith in yourself, love and so on, going on a dark journey, brainwashing, military, blah blah blah, and then you come back and rediscover love and ooh it’s a happy ending, you know - that’s kind of the main story of the album. [The Globalist] is like the same story but the dark version. The song start with the same kind of message than Dead Inside, this person feels abandoned, unloved and kind of alone basically [and] instead of going on a internal journey, an internal journey of darkness and sort of solving that and coming back to discover love, they decide to just become a dictator, and become a kind of power hungry maniac and in some ways inflict their damage onto the rest of the world… which I think a lot of people of power do by the way, I think that a lot of people who are drawn to power are a bit like that. So that’s why this sort of character is like this dictator character that kind of starts off like that and they make the other choice - rather than going internal and solving, they go external and destructive and end up pretty much destroying everything, the world and so on. And that is where that part of the song ends.
Drones is sort of a mysterious, ghostly moment - I wanted to create this sound of the ghosts of the innocents that have been destroyed throughout the world though this way of thinking [the way of thinking of the non-empathetic/psychopathic globalist], through this psychotic mentality or through this desire to achieve results for corporations, the military and so on […] so I just kind of wanted to create this haunting sound of these voices floating in our heads at the end of it.
So the album has these two stories: you got Dead Inside through to Aftermath which is kind of like sort of a happy ending if you like, so that’s the good side of going on that journey. And then the bad side which is The Globalist to the end of The Globalist. And then you end with that sort of mysterious, ambiguous moment where you don’t quite know .
I guess the intention is that you realise that there is a choice that you have to make, whenever a person reaches challenging moments in their life. There is a choice that you make: you deal with it, feel the pain and get over it or you choose to inflict it on others.
Matt Bellamy on the meaning of The Globalist and Drones
in XFM interview on June 9th