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Literary Analysis | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/2/11
The song Aerials by System of a Down is a song that like a poem means more than is actually said in words. It uses many poetic devices to make a point other than what is stated by the lyrics themselves. It analyzes the world we live in and the faults it contains.
The song Aerials describes the condition in today’s world. We are divided by our standing in the world. There are those who hold power, directly related currently to monetary status, those striving to gain monetary related power through fame, and those, lacking fame or monetary standing are separated from the other groups. Those put in a position of potentially experiencing monetary gain through fame alienate themselves from others and change themselves to better themselves. Those put in this position often feel that “we lose ourselves, but we find it all” (6). They may change themselves to appoint that they are in essence no longer the same person, but they feel that it is acceptable as long as they put themselves in a position to better themselves. People always want to be able to better themselves without the risk of not succeeding. They feel like “we are the ones that wanna chose, always wanna play but you never wanna lose” (11). They feel that if they lose any sense of values they will be able to be higher in the world. They feel that “when you lose small mind you free your life (15). The song also gives a look at general human mentality. While it is more noticeable in those in a position of power, it applies to most people. “Life is a waterfall, we’re one in the river then we turn around and put up our walls” is a good example of that people will ask for help only until they can fend for themselves (17). After they are self-sufficient they will “put up their walls” and not remember that they needed help to get where they are.
maybbbbbbbbbbbeeeeeeeeeeeee? just sayin | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/11/10
i think that just maybe its about america being selfish we all know serj allways talks about it and also maybe war " life is a water fall we drink from the river and then we turn around and put up our walls" ( the water comes to us from somewere else but we drink it put up our borders and say no one else can have it) yet the water reaches everyone. " allways wna play allways wna go but never wna stay" (bored so go to war for no reason ready for battle but we get over there and its bring the troops home and ready to pull out)?
Awesome Song! | Reviewer: Marie | 7/27/10
This is hilarious. Everyone's debating on what genre SOAD are, and whether their music is religious or satanic... WHO CARES! Honestly, take this song as you want, but dont ruin it for everyone else! All that matters is whether you like it or not. If you dont like it, dont comment, and if you do... GO NUTS! But stop criticising everyone elses opinions, this is kind of something I'd expect a 4 year old to be arguing over a toy about. Just remember your individuality. Like opinions are assholes... EVERYONES GOT ONE! Remember this people.
By the way, I love this song. It kicks ass! :D
What The Heck.? | Reviewer: Max | 4/30/10
Look people u guys are saying this and that but this song and some of you guys don't even make sense
What the song is saying that people will do anything to get fame so meaning that GREED so its applying that the little kid in the video wud make him self look like a freak just to get fame and women and everything........BUT AT WHAT COST.?!
Why'd you leave the ketchup on the table? | Reviewer: ~~Michellio~~ | 4/27/10
OMG I <3 them they are amazimg! First song I ever heard by them was chop suey! the fast paced insane lyrics and just got to me and ever since i've been a fan. 8P Incredibly brilliant group of ppl they are. :D
ok... | Reviewer: Tommy | 3/16/10
Alright, what the hell people. Your over-examining this song... "aerial" is another word for an antenna or something of that sort. Therefore, when it says "Aerials in the sky/so up high" it is referring to antennas. What uses antennas? TV stations. Who uses TV stations? People who seek fame. Who has fame? Well... famous people... If you watch the video, It stars a kid with an effect on him making him look like an alien. This is a metaphor for how he's alienating himself when he seeks out monetary gain. I know this because I saw it in a SOAD interview. So, this song would evidently be about fame and the cost to achieve it. While I realize that there are infinite ways to interpret songs, this is the intended meaning.
you all insane | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/12/10
first of all, I believe in God becouse God exists everywhere, and he is watching us. i'm like you, my parents do not like the music that i listen to, but i do not care, I will listen to the things that I like and no one will impose anything on me. Some of u are metal and the other is Satanic, what is these identities ?!
??? | Reviewer: Ben | 1/29/10
Ok I'm 13 yrs old and I love soad!
My parents don't care what I listen to as long as I like it.
Anyways ppl are scared of soad's songs bcoz they are tellin a different side of the story to real life events that other ppl don't want to hear and don't take into to account.
And that's were soad is different!!!
ROCK ON SOAD!!!
Interpretation | Reviewer: Craig | 1/14/10
I thought the lyrics looked pretty deep and decided to try to find out it means so this is my interpretation of poem. But I would like input. The numbers are for the stanzas. I'm really unsure about how aerials tie in to the meaning but know that they are important so I just guessed. If you have any idea, let me know.
1. We are born from and die to the same place. (Possibly a belief of reincarnation)
2. In order to be swimming, we must be in the river and not in the fall (which is life as we know it). We are physically dead. We lose our identity, but we become one with all.
3. We are humans who love entertainment and are never satisfied.
4. We like to make decisions for the world through experimentation because it gives us enjoyment, but we do not want our experiments to go awry.
5. (As we look at the machines flying through the air, we see that they can be used for good or for corruption. In order to use it for good, it is necessary to let go of your ties to how you believe. You must understand that everyone is different and needs to work together as a whole) – guess
When you let go of yourself, you are at peace.
6. Again, the waterfall represents life while the river can represent spirituality. Our water (spirit) comes from the river, but we make ourselves different than the river by not mixing with other souls by being ignorant and not understanding that we are all connected. We imprison ourselves in our own personal lives.
11. When you finally see this, you have the ability to transcend yourself and become at peace with all.
Aerials | Reviewer: Chris | 1/14/10
I just had to respond to the whole "System of a Down aren't metal" argument.
I consider myself a rock fan and I dislike most of the stuff that is considered "true metal".
To me Death Metal is garbage and Black Metal is a horrible joke. The only kind of "real metal" I like is the old stuff like Sabbath, Priest, Maiden, old Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Mercyful Fate and a few others.
Anyone that knows anything about rock knows that SOAD are Alternative Metal. It is the only metal related genre that I listen to often as Deftones, Tool, Faith No More, System of a Down, and Rage Against the Machine are some of my favorite bands.
.....STOP! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/7/10
STOP!!! IT DOSNT MATTER WHAT GENRE OF MUSIC IT IS!!!!!! ALL THAT MATTERS IS THAT ITS BAD ASS AND BEATS THE SHIT OUT OF HIP HOP, POP ,AND RAP!!
THIS SONG IS SOO SIC!
Aerials, in the sky!,
when you lose small mind,
you free your life!!
Aerials, so up high!,
when you free your eyes,
Ariene | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/7/09
i love this song and up until recently i thought the song was bad bc a friend of mine kept saying it was, but i finally decided to look up the lyrics, and from what i can see their not bad. that and someone on this website, i think, eplained it. i feel stupid for listening to my friend.
Wow | Reviewer: Anastasia | 9/24/09
Some of you people are idiots.
System of a Down has amazing lyrics, and, even though some are weird, they are very serious about their music.
It doesn't matter what religion you are, but I can't judge you, considering I'm atheist.
Just stop being idiotic, people. I'd like to see you write a song.
swimming througe the void... | Reviewer: metal fan | 6/18/09
i dont know why in this page u talk about your parents;but i should say that i wonder that most of u are like me almost,parents sometimes became enemy but not all parents.i'm a 17 girl.my parents never understand me too.they think i'm insane because i'm crazy in love with soad,because i have make all my room black and cover my walls with soad posters and i light my room with only some candles.because i never listen to that bullshits that they listen.i know exactly what is metal,i beleive metal is the best type of music for a lot of reasons,if u dont know so much about metal go and search about it,soad is alternative metal as u know.i realy dont know why some people think metal is satanic maybe black metal is thisway but not all .i want to tell u that be yourself always and never change your mind and thoghts for parents or anyone else's sake,be firm about your minds,beleifes and thinks.u have righ to listen everything u like,wear everything u like,do that job and work u like,have every mind and think that u like,u are a human and human is free;so live that way that u like always;never forget this and dont care what others say or think about u.and about the song;this is one of their bests,too beatiful meaning,i got it almostly.serj's voice makes me crazy.i fell so lonely and depressed.all i want is soad because they make me happy.pray they come back together again;because soad is pure and number 1 forever...
>.> | Reviewer: Dante | 6/12/09
To all the people saying that this isn't Christian or Christians don't listen to it, that's clearly not true. xD System of a Down are brilliant, intellectual, and their lyrics are genius. There's no point in getting hung up about weather they're metal or not, just listen to the music.
I'm Christian and I love SoaD, but I won't deny there are some people who find their faith threatened by music. I find it sad they don't have that kind of strength.
I do blast this, despite my parents not liking it. To all the people worrying about your parents not understanding you, don`t worry. Just be who you are, and they`ll have to accept you. No one even gained anything by wallowing in despair.
Anyway, I raise my glass to the greatest nu-metal band in a genre of wannabes, who carved out their own style and niche and defied all imitators to kick glorious ass.
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