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IT IS NOT ABOUT JESUS! | Reviewer: Atheist | 11/27/10
Please guys, just stop putting Jesus and the Bible into everything. These guys have Muslim backgrounds (not Jesus friendly at all).
Here is my humble interpretation on the song [Which I think it's awesome]
The "Wake up" part of the song describes the repetitive life of a girl/boy who is being physically/mentally abused by his father. He has to cover up the scars of physical abuse. Even tough the father abuses his son, he still wonders why he left the keys on the table. The boy will create an entire fable to justify why he left the keys on the table, just to avoid more beating. The kid is so mentally affected, that he forgets about things easily.
The "(You wanted to) Grab a brush and put on a little make" part, it is what the kid is thinking to himself when his father orders him to put on makeup, and cover the scars. He thinks to himself "If I'm making this, it is not because you want, but because I want to!".
The part "I don't think you trust, in, my, Self-righteous suicide," defends his right to suicide, for whatever reasons the kid haves. If he is going to suicide, it is because he wants to. Therefore, the word "Self-righteous", expresses that he has all the right to suicide, and not just be called "stupid" or "idiot" for thinking or doing it.
The part "I, cry, when angels deserve to die", is talking about other kids like him, that have been victim of abuse, and decide to die. Those other kids are referred as "angels" (Yes, Muslims have angels on their religion also, not just Christians). The kid, instead of judging other kids when they suicide, he just cries. He knows, by his first hand experience, that the other kid deserved to die, not because someone else wanted it to, but because that other kid had been through so much pain, that he simply deserved to die. [The word deserve is used like in the context "I deserve a better life" not as "You deserve to be punished". The word deserve is used in a positive context, not on a negative one ]
For "Father into your hands, I commend my spirit", it means that the kid gave his Father all his trust, love, heart, and feelings .
For "Father into your hands, why have you forsaken me?", the kid is asking his father, why does he mistreats him, ignores him, and neglects him the love that he deserves.
In "In your eyes, forsaken me", he asks why his father doesn't pay attention on what he does, "In your thoughts, forsaken me" not even thinks on him, and with "In your heart, forsaken me" it means that his father doesn't even loves his son.
So when his father just gets to wonder why his son want's to suicide, the kid replies "Oh, trust in my, self-righteous suicide".
Jake. | Reviewer: King Marco | 11/19/10
Jake - Atheism has been around since the first religions, and spoken long before world war one I assume a couple hundred years after the first religions began that there was people speaking out against religious figures, more commonly spoken as Atheist but they were strung up in a tree or beheaded before there views could influence others. . Brush up on your history. I myself am not christian nor do I believe they originally ment for it to be about christian views. I will however admit to the versus from the bible. In which Jesus does so ask why he has been forsaken by his father. And that's really all I have to say to that. As for the song Great! :] And for any future reference I am not Atheist I am polytheistic & study religions, due to the fact that i believe the older the religion the more accurate they can be. All you christian die hards out there, I don't give a flying fuck if your religion has been around for two thousand years, humanity is approximately 195,000 - 200,000 years old, and that's the modern homo sapiens. Human like beings have existed much longer. Australopithecus anamensis specimens are in the range of 3.9 to 4.2 million years old. But there are many questions as to how "human" these beings were. And so back to my original point, your religion is young & in my opinion less accurate. Of course I could be wrong but we'll jus have to wait and find out won't we? That's all from your King have a nice day Ladies & Gents.
- King Marco
Modernism! | Reviewer: jake | 10/30/10
Well some of you out there are thinking "Its about how Jesus saved us all!". To be honest if you look at the diction (word choice) and the tone of this even though there is some biblical allusions this mostly seems to be about modernism which started back after World War 1. This is where atheism started to form because of the horrible things soldiers saw on the battlefield. It started a chain reaction of people starting to think if there is gods or God, or if the elders (mothers, fathers, teachers, president, preachers etc.) actually just did that keep them under control. Of course this is more of opinion of what its talking about.
DO YOUR RESEARCH | Reviewer: Shant Magdessian | 10/11/10
First of all!I'm Armenian and From Beirut too.N i can tell you that Serj is deffinitely not muslim!!!there are no Muslim Armenians actually!!!and this song IS actually about suicide!The original name of the song is "Suicide," but they had to change the name to make it radio friendly. In the beginning of the song, you hear Serj say "we're rolling suicide." The title is a bit of a play on words - "Suey-cide" and this is actually what Daron had to say about it and I quote ""The song is about how when people die, they will be regarded differently depending on the way they pass. Like, if I were to die from a drug overdose, everyone would say I deserved it because I abused drugs, hence the line 'Angels deserve to die."
YOU GUYS | Reviewer: the shadow | 6/17/10
I hate to stop the fun of watching you all confused...BUT I KNOW WHAT IT'S REALLY ABOUT!!! Serg's dad was really creul to his brother, so he commited suicide. HOW DO YA FEEL ABOUT IT NOW!?!? Love S.O.A.D BTW!!
Confuse | Reviewer: DouglasSOAD | 6/3/10
Ok to me what this song is trying to do is confuse. Like what does the first part have to do with the suicide thing? Like there trying to put many meanings in one song, but one is always looking for one. The only relation i see with the suicide part in that song with anything else is the "why have you forsaken me" part. Maybe because he commited suicide and he forsake him. The last part doesnt have a relation to the first part at ALL to me. Or self righteous suicide could be a metaphor...?
AWESOME | Reviewer: dweep | 4/29/10
these guys are real rockers coz they are able to fill terror in their song. The song B.Y.O.B by them is also mindblowing.
this is the band i remember at first if something like 'mad songs' comes into my mind.
Haha | Reviewer: Illusion466 | 4/11/10
lol i looked at the comments on other system songs and i came to the conclusion that this whole community looks way too deep into there songs,so i thought, this song is totally random i would love to see the comments on it, and all i see is mass confusion XD gg system gg <3
The ingredients for a good song | Reviewer: Saskia | 3/26/10
I lOVE this song! It sounds so good and so beautiful! The singer has a nice voice and the instruments are great! OK..the subject is a little scarring "the suicide" but even if i'm not a fan of system of down, I found this group quite funny ^^
Re:You guys are all clueless | Reviewer: Muhammed | 3/19/10
"I'm not really a soad fan, but i know for sure that the lead singer was born in Beirut and that he is a practicing muslim.Sooo given that knowledge i find the chances of him singing about jesus to be pretty slim.Friggin christians always making everything about jesus"
Actually the Quran has a lot of the old and new testament stories in it and Jesus is still considered to be a prophet of God. So really you're just an ignorant dumbass and serj could be a Muslim and still use biblical references. regardless of whther the song is about religion or not, it has obviuous religious references.
It's a great song and I don;t really care what it's about
Disgusted | Reviewer: thebronxcool@gmail | 1/26/10
All of you guys need to cut the shit, seriously. SOAD's music is open to interpretation. They never tell the listener what the song is about because that takes away whatever connection we thought we had with the song based off of our own personal experience with it. If you think it's about religion then so be it. If you think it's about something deeper, so be it. But there is no "right" or "wrong" answer so arguing to say who is right and who is wrong makes all of you look like jackasses.
Shut Up | Reviewer: Tyler | 1/5/10
You guys all suck dick, its a good song and it DOES relate to the death of Jesus. Lets not forget he gave his life to save us and there are better things to fight about than this bullshit. Just remain peaceful.
this song has nothing to do with jesus | Reviewer: You guys are all clueless | 12/30/09
I'm not really a soad fan, but i know for sure that the lead singer was born in Beirut and that he is a practicing muslim.Sooo given that knowledge i find the chances of him singing about jesus to be pretty slim.Friggin christians always making everything about jesus
Does any body care about the music? | Reviewer: liz | 11/23/09
all your guys' comments are stupid! who cares! its not about religion and why cant you guys just take time to actually find out what they mean here! this is music that no one cares to comment on how good the song really is!!
O__o | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/5/09
of coarse it has to do with religion Serj is very spiritual and some of the lryics are ripped right out of the bible as a matter of fact what Jesus says on the cross...most of his songs are related to religion/spiritual. it doesn't have to be specifically about Jesus i think it is more about relating to that pain of being forgotten (forsaken) but the part that relates to religion is just part of the song what about the first part? the part about a girl putting on make up to hide the marks of her being beaten her hastily leaving the keys on the table...think about that part some more and you may find the meaning of the song. (could be a he but i assumed female =X)
and soadfan93, a true fan WOULD try to interpret it but a true fan would not argue about it, they said themselves that our lryics are open ended and open to interpretations to how YOU feel the song relates to you. stop arguing dweebs and take your own meaning, songs might mean something different to someone else, deal with it -.-
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