System of a Down: Hypnotize Meaning
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Song Released: 2005
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They disguise it, hypnotize it,
Television made you buy it.
I'm just sitting in my car and waiting for my--
She's scared that I will take her away...
oscarfish16 Jun 7th, 2007 6:44am report
The Tiananmen Square massacre had nothing to do with "self-immolation" or "suicide" as you say. It was a MASSACRE of protesters by the Chinese army. The "burning" you speak of was the army burning the bodies of the civilians they killed.
The song is about how propaganda makes one thing look like another, bending the facts in the favor of the government. The Tiananmen Square example is how a protest against the brutal treatment of citizens by the Chinese government was potrayed as a movement for freedom of fasion in order to make it appear to be less serious.
He then says "She's scared that I will take her away from there, Her dreams that her country left with no one there". By this he means that he has explained his political, or deep social views to his girl, and she was disturbed by it. I can relate to this. I've had girlfriends that have had a hard time with my interpretations of world events.
He then talks about sitting in his car, waiting for his girl. I'm not sure if it is metaphorical or if he was just sitting in his car waiting for his girl. The only thing I could come up with is that he already sees through the everyday propoganda, and has gotten into the car (or movement) to be against it. He is waiting for his girl to realize the truth (or get into the car with him). Basically he is waiting for his girl to realize things like he does.
XXXshenanigans04 Apr 29th, 2006 4:32pm report
First of all, the big problem with people at this website is that they all seem to think that every song only has one solid meaning.
Obviously, the tienimen square reference is not about the entire song. They are saying "why don't you ask the kids at tienimen sqare, was fashion the reason why they were there," Critizising how american youth are only concerned with fashion and materialism, unlike the chineese youth who gave their lives for what they believed in, and stood up for political injustice.
I also think that the "she's scared that I will take her away from there. dreams and a country left with no one there" is talking about a girl that is in love with the country she is in, and does not want to leave, possibly a girlfriend of a band member.
The other points in the song are very apparent, such as that propaganda leaves us blind to what really goes on in politics today, and how it mesmerizes the simple minded, all which is stated in the song itself.
anonymous Nov 26th, 2005 11:20pm report
I think that this song is about the American people neglecting to stand up against the American government, ruling the country by blinding and brainwashing its population with ‘propaganda’ to cover all of its fraud. ‘The kids at Tiananmen Square’ was the Chinese student’s demonstration in 1989, which ended up as being a
massacre. It was against the Chinese Government’s violent treatment of its population and the censored freedom of speech, which SOAD sadly admits is conspicuously maintained in America this day as well. ... Regretfully the Americans are just innocently ‘sitting in their cars and waiting for their girls’
anonymous Jul 4th, 2016 7:49pm report
I think that by "I'm just sitting in my car and waiting for my girl" he could mean that he is a Chinese father waiting for his daughter that was massacred in the Tinnamon square incident, I know the singer wrote it while waiting for his girlfriend but I am just writing down more possibilities
anonymous May 27th, 2011 5:57pm report
Do we have any artists like this anymore? i mean after September 11th? Wake me up when September ends...
Malakian wrote the song while he was in his car waiting for his girlfriend (Jessica Miller). Song is most defiantly about how the mainstream media and government work hand in hand to keep the masses distracted. Same things happens in China. I always thought the reference to "fashion" had to do with our modern day protests here in the US. Most people I know go to protests because it is the cool thing to do, and not because they had a deep rooted problem with the powers that be annihilating the middle east. see, the soldiers are not there to protect our rights, or the rights of a population enslaved by a 'terrorism'. They are there to protect the rights of EXXON and BP. YOu would think we would be a little more pissed off, but no.
anonymous Feb 11th, 2010 2:29am report
This song is referencing events almost completely about the tiananmen square incident, but the general idea and message of this song can be used in any nation where free thinking is outlawed. The song first starts talking about the actual massacre that occurred on june 5 1989 where hundreds of chinese students were slaughtered during a peaceful demonstration asking for more democratic freedoms. The song then goes into how the Chinese media is controlled by the government, after this incident the media in china actually portrayed the actions of the army as heroic, by bravely standing against this aggressive protest against the nation and the ever loving chinese government. For the sitting in the car part, the song is personifying the american government as the guy in the car, and the girl as the chinese students, i believe the girl is literally the girl of liberty which was a little statue that the students had set up in Tiananman square. It shows how the students needed help from the american government or even the UN, but they were left on their own and demolished by tank regiments.
anonymous Mar 15th, 2008 3:48pm report
Actually the 1989 incident and the self immolation incident, were two different demonstrations. The second one being in 2001.
The song asks "Was fashion the reason they were there?"
Obviously it was trying to say that the kids at Tienanmen actually had something important to stand for, unlike most Americans whose most important priority is materialistic things such as fashion.
It goes on to say how the media has hypnotized us into this materialistic state of mind, and how the simple minded among us (which are most of us) are easily mesmerized by the propaganda of those in authority.
anonymous Feb 11th, 2008 2:40am report
I remember reading somewhere on Wikipedia or something that Malakian was in his car waiting for his girlfriend when he wrote the song. It was supposed to be about how mass media keeps us entertained while war and death and whatever is going on.
Sitting in his car and waiting for his girl is a metaphor about how as all this happens life goes on as it always has and nothing is questioned.
anonymous Jan 15th, 2008 1:31pm report
I don't think this has anything to do with America. I think that it is very selfish to say it does That's like claiming a holocaust song as having to do with consumerism.
It talks about how the Chinese gov, has censored all literature about tiananmen square from libraries newspapers and the internet. Even the chinese version of google (google.cn) turns up mostly blank for tiananmen square.
He also goes on to criticize that the government wants people to believe that people were massacred justly (they disguise it hypnotize it television made you buy it). Not actually BUY, but accept their views.
So yah it's not about America in my opinion.
anonymous Dec 4th, 2006 12:03pm report
It´s important to keep in mind that the protests was not aginst communist as someone suggested (with reference to "the tank guy"). Many students (there where also other groups protesting) sang "the International" a socialist fight song. However it´s commonly belived that the protest was aginst communism, but the largest group there (studens)protested aginst the goverment and for freedom off speech. An other example off how you are made to buy it...
anonymous Aug 16th, 2006 8:17am report
If anyone thinks that there was a mass suicide in tiananmen square, you have believed the lies! "they (chinese gov.) disguise it, hypnotize it, television made you buy it". The protestors were unarmed, and the chinese army fired at them to break up the protest. The "girl" didn't kill herself, rather she has been a victim in the tradgey that the chinese government tried to distort and cover up.
Why don't you ask the kids at Tiannamen Square
Was fashion the reason why they were there?
This refers to the Tiannamen Square incident of 1989 and how China really didn't want to the world to know the truth about what happened.
They disguise it Hypnotize it Television made you buy it
This refers to how Mass Media can control pop culture and tell Americans what they want to beleive, wheather or not its ture. Also refers to how ad's on television tells Americans what to buy.
She's scared that I will Take her away from their
Dreams that her country Left with no one there
The girl he is refering to is afraid he's becoming so disenlusioned about America he's willing to leave the country and give up his american citizenship. And she's afraid he'll try to convince her to go with him.
Mesmerize the simple minded propaganda Leaves us blinded
This refers to how the goverenment tells us what we should beleive about things and how they try to hide from the American public from the truth about what they are really doing. And for some people who can't see beyond the lies of the governmeant believe what they are told.
I'm just sitting in my car And waiting for my girl.
This refers to the fact that despite the mass media influance and the goverment scandels and lies, americans try to go on about their daily lives
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