What does Honking Antelope mean?

Serj Tankian: Honking Antelope Meaning

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Song Released: 2008

Honking Antelope Lyrics

"Honking Antelope"

Why dont you go photograph
Everything that ever passed in time,
Indigenous traces, tribal chiefs,
Vanishing hereditary lines,
Poets gone wild on the muse
Prophets all destroying the Tao,

When you see that honking...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 25th 2012 !⃝

    As usual you have to decipher some to decode what Serj wants to say, in this case literally, the letters in the title is an anagram, and if you decipher it you will see "Napoleon the king".

    My interpretation is that we as humans will kill each-other trough wars because of their egos (as Napoleon had quite a big ego).

    Some people look at other people with different backgrounds as lesser humans and destroy their cultures, and we continue doing this to this day, we haven't changed one bit in the over 200years since Napoleon, so when we see our leaders in this time we see the Honking Antelopes, i.e. "Napoleon the king" of our time doing their snake dance before striking out and killing or strangling their victims.

    Nature in some way will survive our destructive behavior, but we wont.

  2. anonymous
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    Sep 28th !⃝

    Serg says its about the hunted showing off the hunter on his car to his friends after fighting back, basically role reversal, I think its deeper than that, he is saying that humans are the beings that dont belong, we act like human Gods leaving destruction "nature will survive us, human 'dogs' after all" i think hes saying if we were gone, and not acting like we owned the earth, like we made it to destroy, nature would thrive, and there are snakes secretly (people behind major coporations) destroying the balance of the Tao, roughly there are more interpretations but they are going down some rabbit holes, that will take way too long to explain, lol.

  3. anonymous
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    Nov 5th 2017 !⃝

    I think that honking antelope is not an antelope but the likeness of. Its got big round eyes. And though its a male it has breast and it has jet black skin like onyx. And there is smoke coming off of him because he had been standing in the sun as a shell around him forms ,because without it it would be impossible for anyone to stand before him,the light is so powerful it will kill you. The secret dance of snakes is a rod that always seems to be in motion,and has the power of creation. Its one of two symbols used in medicine today. Its just a thought. That's what I always think when I hear the song.

  4. anonymous
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    May 11th 2011 !⃝

    This one's easy...

    Okay, so picture some guy driving into town with an animal on his hood.

    Now picture the animal driving, and the human on the hood.

    Thank you

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