System of a Down: Lost In Hollywood Meaning
Lost In Hollywood Lyrics
Those viscious streets are filled with strays,
You should have never gone to Hollywood.
They find you,
Two time you,
Say your the best they've ever seen,
You should have never trusted Hollywood.
XXXshenanigans04 Apr 29th 2006, 15:38 report
I think that they arent talking about another person, they are speaking of their own experience. And when they say Hollywood, it doesn't just pertain to the city itself, but it talks of fame and fortune in general and how it is corrupt. They are saying how everyone in hollywood is fake and dishonest. Also when they say,"They find you, two time you, say you're the best they've ever seen," meaning how people said they were the best they've ever seen but then two time them.
anonymous Oct 15th 2011, 16:22 report
I think its about fake religions. Just came to mind from the line ''Phony people come to pray'' AND '' I wassanding on the wal, feelig ten feet all. All you maggots Smoking faggs on santa minica bulevard.'' Idk how to explain it, it just makes sence to me.
anonymous Oct 14th 2011, 14:10 report
"You should have never gone to hollywood", "You should have never trust in hollywood", "Phooney people come to pray, look at them all begging to say" "Saying you're the best thing ever seen"... Kinda like Charles Manson story... (And we all know how much Daron like this freak!)
anonymous May 20th 2011, 21:32 report
the band is from LA which is right next to hollywood, and its about how you cant sell yourself, your ideas, and what you stand for just because you want to make it big. Its also about the politics of hollywood and how they just want money and will do anything to use you for their gain.
arnosluismans Feb 3rd 2010, 09:21 report
This song is about nobody in particular, and is not about Hollywood in particular. It's about how the showbiz manipulates people into something awful. If you look at famous people, you can see it clearly: awesome people and personalities, but they grow frustrated, often get addicted to all kinds of drugs, and they totally alienate from their audience. (Think: The Dead Kennedys, Roger Waters,...)
It's also about how people exploit talented people. They say you're the best they've ever seen, give you a seemingly great deal and especially a lot of confidence, but run away with all the profit. (Think: John Fogerty)
anonymous Jul 27th 2009, 17:11 report
yeah i'd say this is all about hollywood tricking you into signing contracts and things, and making way too much money.
Like, about it not being about the music and the emotion behind it, just about making money.
anonymous Jan 26th 2007, 09:36 report
The track in my mind seems to follow the styles of the Dead Kennedys in their songs 'pull my strings', 'MTV-Get off the air!' and 'Chickenshit Conformist' in the sense that it openly and painfully condemns posers and the entire Pop Music scene. There are referrences to the Sunset Strip where, of course, Hair Metal and Glam got their big break and disgraced all of Metal for all eternity. Also, Hollywood in general has been, in the lyrics of SOAD at least, a youthemism for the corporate brainwashing pop music industries trying to turn any music style and scene they see into big dollar signs and don't give a F--k about the scene itself and what messages it presents or what its followers stand for.
The bottom line is the bottom line of all Heavy Metal and Punk music: think for your F--King self, don't be a cog in the faceless machine, or you might just end up lost in hollywood.
anonymous Jan 9th 2007, 15:50 report
I just read the book "Catcher in the Rye" not too long ago for school and I thought that they actually sounded quite a bit alike. The main character in "Catcher in the Rye" is always calling people phoney, especially actors. Hence the lines "phoney people come to pray/look at all of them beg to stay". Its talking about how people go to hollywood and get screwed over by people that pretend to care for them but in reality just want them for money, yet they still beg to stay.
anonymous Aug 6th 2006, 17:32 report
Yeah, I saw that video, it's on youtube.Com I think. Daron has really come along as a musician and songwriter on the two albums, well they all have actually.
Lost in hollywood is about daron's outlook on growing up in hollywood and how people who want fame see hollywood as this whole glamorous place where everyone is a big star and lives in luxury. And he's basically saying that it isn't, it's basically a sham and not everyone makes it, and the people that don't stay there and whore themselves out to the stars, e.T.C
i also read somewhere that it has similar themes to the novel 'catcher in the rye', which is all about someone growing up and leaving home only to be taken advantage of, which sort of parallels the message of the song, I think anyway.
anonymous Jul 16th 2006, 16:02 report
this song is about the evils of hollywood. It's about how kids come to hollywood to be rockstars and end up working stocking cds at a cd store, and women who come to be actresses and models and end up being in porno. examples are "you should have never gone to hollywood", "say you're the best they've ever seen, you should have never trusted hollywood."
it's basically darons disgust for hollywood and some of the people who live there. "all you maggots, smoking fags on Santa Monica Blvd."
anonymous May 4th 2006, 18:49 report
this song is deff saying hollywood fucks everyone.But this song is not saying not to join show biz or any of that.this part of the song proves it.
I wrote you,
And told you,
You were the biggest fish out here,
You should have never gone to Hollywood.
He says "you were the biggest fish out here" so to me that means that they were prolly the best band/singer around in that area and would of been very popular localy.But they wanted to be rich and famous so he/she did what they ALL do go to cali. Hints the quote "you should have never gone to hollywood"
This song is about how people are so desperate to make it big that they basically throw their own life away and basically become a shell of what they were just to try and make it big. Fuck hollywood, all those corporate scumbags just say your the best just to make a quick dollar when they despise you. The line 'You should've never trusted Hollywood' means that hollywood is a fucking damn fake.
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