System of a Down: Chop Suey Meaning
Song Released: 2001
Chop Suey Lyrics
We're Rolling Suicide
Wake up(wake up)
Grab a brush and put a little makeup
Hide the scars to fade away the shakeup
Why’d you leave the keys upon the table?
Here you go create another fable
You wanted to
Grab a brush...
anonymous Dec 31st, 2006 12:36pm report
I have read a lot of interpretations on this song, and many off them are deep and logical, but I have yet to find a single explanation that covers every aspect of the lyrics. I tried to take the song very directly and make conclusions on what I heard. Here goes nothing.
The beginning of this song talks about a person who is trying to cover up their problems so that everyone else thinks that they are totally fine. We know that the person is going through hard times because they talk about how he wants to hide "scars" to fade away the "shake up" (fight). We see that the person is trying to hide it on the outside (grab a brush and put on a little make-up, hide the scars...)but, of course, the problems, whatever they may happen to be, won't go away. Now, the speaker states that others don't understand his self-righteous suiside. Of course they wouldn't understand, they just see his outside, not his cold, troubled inside.
Now for the "father" stanza. Apparently this is a quote from Jesus before he died for us on the cross, but I don't think that this stanza actually refers to Jesus. First off, I m positive that the speaker is talking to God, not his dad, because if he is going to die, why and how could he command his spirit to his dad, it just doesn't make any sense. Anyway, I think that the the speaker is angry at God for bringing him so much misfortune, hence the "Why have you forsaken me..." bit. Think about it. Living day in and day out having to hide a secret from the rest of the world that keeps bitting him in the rear end. Sounds like a pretty sad life if you ask me. I think that he is handing over his spirit to God now in hopes that God can bring him a sort of peace.
For the "Why'd you leave the keys up on the table" line, I think that this symbolizes that the speaker (although I don't know if he is the one who actually quoted this)has given up on his life. You see, keys give you access to your home, to that vast majority of you. Leaving them somewhere kind of hints that he doesn't care enough to keep track of his own lifeline, that he has left them for someone to find. Lastly, the "I cry when angels deserve to die" line symbolizes his death, how sad others will be when a "perfect, happy, carefree" guy kills himself
anonymous Mar 20th, 2006 3:52pm report
I believe the part about the leaving the keys on the table is about whoever tried to hide the scars (hide the bad things in the world, done to them, or done by them), like the Turks in the Armenian Genocide, or the Media covering certain events, or someone abused by another. They tried to hide whatever it was, but they left some kind of clue to the truth in the open, the key to the secret and truth, and that line is asking why they leave the key to the truth out if they are trying so hard to hide it.
I think this song is left open for interpretation on many levels. I think it has a basic theme of fakeness, or lying to cover something up. This could refer to the Genocide, Media, or someone abused by another or themselves. Chop Suey is a fake chinese dish, as it was created in the US, and it represents that basic theme. I also beleive it relates to religion in covering up certain things that make them look bad, and how religion plays in the world today. If someone commits a self rightious suicide, in whichever way you wish to take that, they can either be considered as a maryter to some, or a statistic to others. Their death could be used to prove the point of others, making it self rightious in a sense.
But that's just my opinion. This has very open possibilities for interpretation as I said before, and that's what SOAD tries to do. They don't want to explain everything to you, it's more important to them what the song means to you then what it means to them.
soad interpreter Aug 26th, 2005 8:49pm report
This song is about Jesus on the cross. "Self-righteous suicide" is referring to him dying but having the ability to save himself. "It's a suicide" and "Angels deserve to die" is Jesus being an "angel" that must die.
"Father father into your hands i commend my spirit why have you forsaken" me was taken from the Bible its Jesus' exact words taken from the original Hebrew to English hide the scars to fade away the shake up is God's forgiveness through Jesus' death.
I've studied a lot on this song to find true meaning, I hope you enjoy the post.
I thought that the song was about an abuse victim, forced to hide their true selves. The victim cries out to God, asking why he has done this to them, and asking for forgiveness for committing suicide, as it seems justifiable. I also think this could be a microcosm of Armenia, a country that is a victim of abuse, with many people taking their own lives.
anonymous Oct 31st, 2012 10:18am report
First of all, I will refer to the words of Daron Malakian who once said that the song is about how others interprate the death of a person according to the kind of it for example if he abuses drugs and "he deserves it" and so it goes "I cry when angels deserve to die".
Of course, the other lyrics are actually like any other lyrics by SOAD: making little sense because they deal with multiple things at a time and lack cohesion. Probably the verses in the beginning are refering to the ordinary lifes of people while behind them a secret is held uncovered (apparently deppression since the person wants people to understand why he wants to end his life).
The part with the words of Jesus is actually not only a way to show the dramatic situation of the person but also to show religious people that even the Son of God that they praise suffered and just wanted to end this (through death). That way he seeks the approval of them to end his own life without being marked as a sinner or quitter.
anonymous Jul 27th, 2012 7:49am report
Initially I thought it was about free will and it's relationship to blindly giving your spirit to God without questioning the crucifixion of Christ. The statements of " you wanted too" repeated after actions of hiding signs of having the keys or path to heaven but choosing to "leave them aside and pretend to be ok. We hide sin and conform instead of trusting our feelings and acting on them, which could shake up or create conflict. Additionally we may not relieve our souls of sin by giving it over to God. Maybe it is about free will or the terrorism and genocide of Armenians or any other people in the name of religion. It is interesting to see so many personal interpretations, thus means many things to all. Awesome band
These dudes are muslim who view Jesus as only a prophet and not the Son of God...the song is deep in the beginning keys on the table refer to the Catholic Church make up and all that stuff fetal position is vague refernce to pedifile priests (who are like 1% of the priests) The self righteous suicide would be a muslims interpretation of Christs crucifiction which they deny ever happened. The father why have you forsaken me is directly referencing Christ.
Basically the song is mocking Christianity.
remember islam was created by a man named Muhammad and he didn't walk on water or do any miracles for that matter...oh and he created islam 700 years after Chtist. Chop Suey that S.O.D. lol
anonymous Jun 21st, 2012 6:34am report
Yall are trippen. this song about a bitch. he gotta a bitch and she a angel to him until she fucks him now she deserves to die. all that leaving keys and creating fables and hiding shit he talking to a bitch. and he telling her she dont believe he'll kill himself over that shit which maybe he will.
anonymous Jun 9th, 2012 6:42pm report
I think this song is about using drugs, or alcohol. I think the lines ''Wake up, grab a brush and put a little makeup, hide the scars to fade away the shake'', refer to sobering up from being high or drunk, because you have to hide the evidence of being under the influence of the substance. While the lines '' I don't think you trust in my...'' refer to people thinking that he can't control of the substance he's using even do he knows that it's killing him.
anonymous Jun 4th, 2012 6:20pm report
First of all they said themselves that it's not about god or the bible see post #2 js ah
anonymous May 23rd, 2012 5:04pm report
all of these are great interpretations, but when does "you wanted to" come in? everyone tends to leave that out, it's because of those 3 words that throws off most of these interpretations (at least for me)
anonymous May 9th, 2012 5:41am report
The posts i've read take it way too seriously. Just becuase we have biblical references, or suicide allusions doesn't mean that the song is about either killing yourself or martyrdom. Maybe we need to listen to what they are saying, instead of what we think they are saying.
It really sounds as if it's just about life. We all have scars (...put on a little make up), devote our lives to something and die (self righteous suicide, why have you forsaken me). It's definately not about death, destruction or drug addiction. Definate hints of Armenian Genocide but still, I think the song just is what it is!
anyways not gonna waste your time with BS but that's my 2 cents.
I think it's more literal; starting with the title.
The song is about suicide.
Another commenter noted that the song was originally called "Suicide" but the record company made them change it. I was thinking about that...
So what did they do? They "chopped" the word in half so you just had "Sui" or "suey" for phonetics sake. The exclamation point, in my opinion, was icing on the cake saying to the record company, "look, we did what you told us, we made a happy! song...eff you." Even right before the song starts, you know how one person in the band tells the other members what song they're playing next? You can hear either the drummer or lead say "okay..Suicide" like he's giving the cue,"okay, we're going to play this song now."
With that said, I agree with the commenter who quoted the lead singer "the song is about how we are regarded differently depending on how we pass. " Suicide will not get you into heaven. But any other way that you can die, is okay. Why can't someone be saved AND commit suicide?
So you have this guy, putting make-up on what I think, are cutting scars on his arm. The first stanza describes what he goes through to keep this hidden. Maybe he uses a swiss army knife on his keychain or the keys themselves to cut.
Second stanza, he's replaying what he does and other's responses over in his head like:
Other: Why are you using make-up?
Him:..I wanted to
Other: Why are you putting it on your arms?
Him: I wanted to
Other: Uh why did you leave your keys on the table?
Him: Shit, I have to think of a reason for me to have left them there (create another fable).
The next part, he's being a little sarcastic when he says "trust in my self-righteous suicide." He's saying "listen, just because I do not want to live anymore doesn't make me selfish and self-righteous" and that it makes him cry to think that just because "I'm depressed, why does that make me deserving to die and be condemned and not go to heaven?" Other than wanting to kill himself, he is an angel in every other aspect.
At the end, I think he's praying. He's asking God to save him "I commend my spirit." But he feels God has forsaken him by creating him, giving him feelings, and ultimately therefore, depression. He feels forsaken because the Creator will let everyone else into heaven, who commends their spirit to Him as long as they don't kill themselves. That's the only caveat...be saved, you're okay. Be saved and commit suicide, you're screwed.
It is a song about a person trying hide some truth.The "key leaving in the table" part, is a clue that the person leaves about the truth.Then when the person gets caught he/she wishes that the truth could be hidden longer-(you wanted to.....[in the song]).After the truth is exposed the person thinks somebody else does not trust him and thinks angels deserve to die for not protecting him.The person might have called GOD as father in the same voice as Jesus once spoke to God.He now felt forgotten by God as he was not protected from hiding the truth and facing the disadvantages of life.
anonymous Jan 13th, 2012 1:36pm report
There are some main points in this song as i see it that everything is based on
fakeness, (from the start of song also there is a symbol in the song name, chop suey = fake chinese dish
I see it as relation to
- fake ordinary persons life and every time it ends with "You Wanted to" - its his/our choice to live like this.
Which leads to
"i dont think you trust in my
self righteous suicide i cry
when angels deserve to DIE!!!".
So how to find sense in this?
First of all i dont think that author is refering "when angels deserve to die" as song theme's wish that angels die because lyrics have > i cry WHEN angels... < which
could also go both ways but i doubt since the rest of the song doesnt point any anger to god/angels...
Connecting it with the first part it seems as he is talking from Jesus's perspective(since on the end of song he does show that)who is sad that about us who cant see/care about his sacrifice and keep living in fakeness.
"I cry when angels deserve to die" could also be connected to author of song who cries/is sad upon injustice...(this could also be connected to something from his life/experiences)
anonymous Jan 9th, 2012 1:17pm report
Wow actually nobody has the correct understanding of this song. System of a down is a band of Armenian descent and made their songs about the Armenian genocide that happened in 1915 when the Turks slaughtered over 1.5 million people. No one really talks about it because World War I was happening, and the media didn't focus on that. All the songs are all about getting recognition. It is an important ambition for them, the Armenian population, and the diaspora to gain world recognition, especially in the United States because its a super power.
"Wake up, Grab a brush and put a little makeup" is referring to the turkish government and how their crimes are so obvious, yet they're trying to cover it up, hence the reference to the makeup. System of a down is also making a reference to them being young girls and running away from their problems, not facing the truth of what they did.
"Why'd you leave the keys up on the table" is referring to the Armenian people not being able to have what is theirs, the homeland. Eastern Turkey is Western Armenia. The "key" was left in the house not letting them inside. All their churches lay in ruin to this day. Its Armenia's belongings.
"Here you go create another fable" is once again in reference to the Turkish Government making up stories about the genocide. They say that Armenians killed their people. Yet they also said no such genocide occurred. System of a Down is basically saying "Wake Up" and realize what your doing and saying.
"In my, self righteous suicide" does not literally mean that they think suicide is justifiable, but that the turks make it seem like the Armenians killed themselves and their own people for attention. They say "I cry when angels deserve to die" because how could the Armenians, a nation that did nothing wrong (the angels), be killed in such an awful way for no reason? Essentially, this line is sarcasm for the Ottoman Empire's foolish actions.
"Father, into your hands, why have you forsaken me" Although this line is an allusion to Jesus before he died, this line is speaking for the Armenian people as a whole. During the time of the genocide many Armenians lost their faith in God. They thought to themselves, if God was with us, he wouldn't let something so tragic happen to our people. So they're asking "why have you abandoned us father?"
Now tell me, doesn't this song make a lot more sense now?
anonymous Dec 27th, 2011 12:10pm report
"Grab a brush and put a little makeup. . ." refers to someone hiding their inner emotions.
"I dont think you trust in my self righteous suicide" self righteous suicide is when to kill yourself for someone else's benefit. Like Jesus on the cross.
"I cry when angels deserve to die" this also refers to Jesus and how the people killed him and thought he deserved to died.
Now of course in the part where he screams "Father, father" he means God.
"Father into your hands I commend my spirit" He's giving his spirit to God to hold in His care.
"Why have you forsaken me?" are the words of Jesus before he died on the cross.
How does this all connect? Maybe this person is living a terrible life and wants to kill themself? You can put it all together yourself but I really believe that these are what the lyrics are supposed to mean.
anonymous Dec 27th, 2011 12:54pm report
i think the "Why'd you leave the keys up on the table" part, means that the guy who voers his mistakes, errors and misfortunes, can't see his defects and prefer blaming the others; like, some problem happened, and he needed the key, but he didn't find it, so he blames other person, not himself
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