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Song Released: 2001


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(Mumbles)
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...

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    anonymous
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    Aug 2nd, 2010 8:35am report


    Wow! I always thought that only I understand this song as being about a woman that is abused by her husband :) It's good to know that there's also someone who thinks the same way :) I would only change one thing: the chorus "I don't think you trust in my self righteous suicide" - means that people don't know about this person's problems and probably wouldn't believe her because "He was always such a nice guy".. and suicide means that actually women that are with abusive husbands are commiting suicide in a way, they know it's wrong to be with them but they always believe that "he will change" and they stay with him and he's still abusive and it's their suicide. And the part "Father why have you forsaken me.." may be a kind of reproach to God, family, friends, people in general that don't see that she suffers and is abused that they don't help her in her miserable life.



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    Awesomedude
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    Aug 1st, 2010 8:22pm report


    It's about how people view other peoples' deaths.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 27th, 2010 7:24pm report


    I agree at a 50% with the first Anonymous comment, still let us not forget the vers "why'd you leave the keys upon the table"
    SOAD are of armenian religion(not Orthodox nor catholic), the biblic story probably being to em just a fable.
    What I think about the song , is that God tells someone (Not Jesus Christ) to write the Bible, but not introduce some parts of Christ's life.The verse why'd you leave the keys upon the table in my opinion means:Why would you let them read the truth,therefore by writing and not writing some things the writer of the Bible creats a Holy Fable.
    The come the verses: I don't think you trust in my self righteous suicide,which I am more than sure that it is said by Jesus tellng the nonbelivers that they do not belive in his sacrifice for humanity.
    Now the verse that is a problem is : I cry when angels deserve to die, as this is surely not said by Jesus, Jesus not being an Angel but a part of God. This verse does not reffer to GOD nor to Jesus, unless Angel is used here to show the Beautifullness of Jesus.
    Then the verses that beggin with Father are Jesus's last words while being crucified.

    So there are a total of 3-4 characters:
    1 God-who tells the Bible writer to write and not write some things
    2-The Bible writer who does what God says
    3 Jesus Christ
    4(May not exist) The person that says "I cry when angels deserve to die)-It might represent the people being sorry for the death of Jesus Christ.

    So on a short version, in SOAD's vision the Bible is just a "Holy Fable" written just to make others belive, in what might be just a story of a noarmal man who proclaimed himself the son of God.



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    X_rose_X
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    Jul 25th, 2010 7:11am report


    I believe this song boils down to this.... He was on a major acid trip when he wrote this.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 25th, 2010 7:07am report


    System did kinda well afterward... How many of you are stuck at looking for a meaning of this song? Stop looking for a meaning or an interpretation and let the song impregnates you. Leave up your mind, think about nothing but what you hear and appreciate once for all! You'll understand how strong their lyrics are. It's what I've done, do, probably be doing at the moment you'll read that and will do FOREVER. It's anonymous I have to agree, but if it represents how you think System should be listened put some stars so others could read that too.

    Belette Intrépide



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    anonymous
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    Jul 18th, 2010 7:55am report


    Ok I think I know what this song is about. People kill themselves because because they feel as if everything doesn't go right for them. For example everyone lowering their self esteem, problems, feeling everyone thinks he/shes a failure, etc. And people in the moment making fun of he she and make them feel low. Grab a brush and put a little makeup(they hide there problems) Whyd you leave the keys upon the table?(whyd you let everyone know my weakness i.e. A secret or something that humiliates that person) here you go create another fable(After a person dies everyone treats them differently, so everyone who was always seein them as a point of joking, lowering the self esteem, will be like oh my God I'm sorry he didn't deserve to die when in reality that same person caused that.

    About the You wanted to line it's about saying that the person who is acting innocent for lowering there self esteem are really the cause of this

    self righteous suicide: the person feels its better to end it all since nobody thinks better of him
    I cry when angels deserve to die: notice that he says 'deserve' meaning he was asking for it. This is why this part confuses me. It would've make a difference if he had said "when angels die" or maybe serj was just filling in. I dunno but it means that serj(or the speaker in this song) feels that it isn't fair for someone good in heart to die this way because of other people)

    About the father why have you forsaken me, is about when he she kill themselves God forsakes them because God doesn't accept people who suicide. At the end, he's just asking Him to trust in his self righteous suicide and just let him end it all. The speaker feels its just unfair for a person whos good die this way.

    So all in all, he's just saying that people hide what they feel and never ask for help. And the people who were causing his her problems just act another way when they die this way.



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    khentem
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    May 26th, 2010 5:16pm report


    This song is about one of the bands crew members/roadies who became distraught to the point of suicide after both of his parents were killed in a car accident.
    I was told this by System's manager when I met him through a mutual friend at a show a few yrs ago. (No I've never met the band. And I'm not going all Hollywood and claiming I did. I have seen some great shows for free though! lol)
    He also told me that the band and crew made seeing him through this their personal responsibility. Stuck with him, Made sure he was never alone, Got him the help he needed.
    I thought that was a really cool back story. I'd always respected them as artists. But this made me respect them as humans as well.



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    Kenzie
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    May 7th, 2010 5:06pm report


    I think the song's about a person who's been falsely convicted. The part: 'Why’d you leave the keys upon the table?' might represent evidence although they're innocent.
    The person who's in prison now is contemplating suicide because their god has apparently 'forsaken' them.
    'I, cry, when angels deserve to die' is talking about 'angels', as in the innocent, are receiving the death penalty hence 'deserve to die'.



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    Meek7
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    Apr 24th, 2010 4:43am report


    Its in the lyrics idiots, 1st of all they sound angry, the makeup and fable is there argument with GOD. If u watched the vid u shud hav noticed that dey look up wen they speak. basicalliy theyr saying GOD put the issue there knowing that we'd take it(u wanted 2) now to skip sum, ull notice they scream Father!. who is our father? GOD ofcourse(remembr theyr looking up. Father into ur hands i commend my spirit. commend=to give in charge;entrust. Basically i entrust u with my spirit. GOD said HE'd nevr forsake us.(y hav u forsaken me, in ur eyez thoughts heart.) now if u watch 2+2+5 by radiohead he says, its the devils way now theres now way out u can scream it u can shout its to late now....becuz, ur not payn attebtion payn attention, etc.likin park, inthe end, he says i put my trust in u, blah blah blah, i nthee end it doesnt even matr(i dont feel like fully explaining.lol) bak 2 soad, trust in my self righteous(righteous=morally justifiable) suicide. basicallyhe he s sayn it was morally rite 2 him 2 kill himself spiritually (thats a whole nothr story.lol)all togethr, he s sayn that he feels that if GOD is all knowing(which he is) that he cud hav stop the whole situation which HE didnt bcuz of free will, but they feel that they were innocent and that GOD put the problem theyr to throw them off track and go the wrong route.. remebr go and do ur own research, the truth is evrywhere, muzic clothes shows, movies,etc. jus open ur eyes and c. btw byob, was a political song.lol rt



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    anonymous
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    Apr 22nd, 2010 4:12am report


    Just throwing this out there...System of a Down is a political band. They could be relating all of this to politics in some way...



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    anonymous
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    Apr 12th, 2010 4:06am report


    I think the song is about a someone who (thinks) he was forsaken by god, because of his cruel life.
    He covers his "scars" of his true self so that noone notice, but deep inside he is injured.
    So he commit sucide, to commit his life to god ("Father","I commit my spirit into yout hands")



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    anonymous
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    Mar 25th, 2010 3:10am report


    Hey people. Nice work but tell u one thing. theres something known as modern art,which is and has been attractin peoples attention since long. u too can become a painter.paint anything and just explain it.join anything to anywhere.no matter it makes sense to u or not.but once completed u can urself explain(create) the meanings. people like marilyn manson or SOD or osborne or kornmake videos keeping some intention in their mind, which may or may not have do do anything with the reality. these people are dopers,smokers. they arent even conscious wen making songs. they dont realize what they are doing. people say he is right he is wrong he is creative he is emotional or something wrong happened in their life and so they turned this way. Tell u what all these people are losers. do u all think that u dont have any problems in ur own life? or other people have got less problems than these antichrist people? it doesnt make any sense to become antichrist just because u have some probs in ur life rather fighting ...most of these videos have a little to do with the lyrics.i know this is a blog for lyrics interpretation and so i interpreted thw whole thing including lyrics.
    thanks a lot



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    anonymous
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    Mar 15th, 2010 3:52am report


    I think it's about the devil dying. Personally I am satanic, but whatever



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    anonymous
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    Feb 23rd, 2010 2:46am report


    Religous dont think it was meant that way but its up to interpretation. I watched a past interview of the band and serj and daron do a lot of reasearch on the topics of interest. I think it is political and here are my reasons: the wake up makeup verse obvious cover ups for what lets go on to cover up shakeup according to the dictionary shakeup has a definition of the effects of reorganization. The keys on the table keys defined as explanations. And this is all done because the person wanted to! Self rightous defines as narrow mindness, against the grain for own reasons. And suicide has a definition in a political aspect to against ones views. And the angel has a definition of one who aids or supports with money or influence. All of these definitions are secondary or third definitions but SOAD were poets but it all fits! Now liaten to the song and plug these in and wala political views.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 11th, 2010 2:22am report


    Part of the song is a quote from the bible. With that information it's pretty obvious that the song is sung from the viewpoint of Jesus around the time of his death. I get the feeling serj has a bone to pick with god. That's just me






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