System of a Down: I-E-A-I-A-I-O Meaning
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Pickle bearing pussy pepper,
Peter's pecker picked another
Pickle bearing pussy pepper, Why?
Meeting John at Dale's Jr.
Winked an eye and point a finger,
Meeting John at Dale's Jr.
Winked an eye and point a...
anonymous Mar 5th, 2007 3:03pm report
"As with many System of a Down songs, there are supposed double meanings. For this song, some of the possible meanings are a journalist digging up dirt on a politician (Meeting John at Dale's Jr.), and the western world's obsession with gadgets and trinkets (plutonium wedding rings). I-E-A-I-A-I-O are the vowels inside the word I-D-E-A-L-I-Z-A-T-I-O-N 
Also, I-E-A-I-A-I-O is a portion of a mantra or "word of power" described by the English occultist Aleister Crowley, presumably in parody of numerologically significant syllables uttered in magical ritual that have no meaning without understanding the specific numerology tradition used in the ritual (in this case, Hebraic Gemetria, numerology of Hebrew letters). The I-E-A-I-A-I-O is parodical because it somewhat emulates the sounded choral portion of the traditional children's song, "Old MacDonald Had a Farm". It is said that Aleister Crowley would teach his students the incantation as a sacred and mystical mantra, then after they'd chanted it for a few minutes, begin singing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" to see if they could keep their meditative concentration instead of laughing. 
There are other explanations theorizing that the "One flag", "plutonium wedding-rings" and other strange descriptive shapes, and the sharp, loud tribal drumbeat all add to the conclusion that this song is about the fourth of July - "and we light up the sky" is another strong reference, which could mean the traditional fireworks displays. The lyrics "Why, On the fourth of July" appear in the originally recorded version of the song from the Toxicity recording sessions, but not in the Steal This Album version. The "One flag" and "plutonium wedding-rings" could also be describing the effect after a nuclear bombing, with one flag ruling over all others, radiation affecting all things, and of course this could explain the "As we light up the sky" part of the song."
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anonymous Aug 31st, 2006 8:56pm report
I'm going to touch on the fact that i-e-a-i-a-i-o are the vowels in idealization. Yes, aa ee eh aa eh aa oh is a kkk chant but it doesn't exactly sound the same as i-e-a-i-a-i-o recited. I postulate that soad played off the fact that the vowels of idealization sound are like the kkk chant. Perhaps that is a little too ironic for it to be true. So now we have 3 themes we need to relate. We have idealization, racism, and secret organizations that are named off in the other lyrics. The first lyric we will relate is 'why? As we light up the sky' perhaps soad is questioning the racist of our society. Why? Why would you hate somebody by grounds that have no relevance to anything. Why does it matter the color of skin or the place of birth? And maybe, becuase self-segregation is an ideology that is pushed upon americans, soad is trying to say that the idealization of our national government reinforces racism. So, u.S. Government, you are corrupt with your secret organizations that puppet our citizens and create this ridiculous idea of racism.
anonymous Feb 1st, 2006 2:43pm report
You might want to look into it a little better yourself. The line 'Why? And we light up the sky' refers to the common celebration of setting off fire works during the fourth of July. If you looked at the band's site a while back (I am unsure if it is still there), the line is written 'Why? On the Fourth of July'. But I-E-A-I-A-I-O is a KKK chant and the song does question racsism, it is also speaking the names of secret missions. There are multiple meanings to this song.
anonymous Nov 5th, 2017 11:01pm report
Its talking about the book of revelation. "Fighting crime with a partner,Lois lane Jimmy Carter. Meeting John dale Jr winked an eye and point a finger. If you watch the remake of true grit,in the beginning of the movie when a man gets hanged, he chants ieaiaio.
anonymous Sep 1st, 2016 9:06pm report
I just wanted to point out that one of the lead riffs in this song sounds a lot like the theme to the TV show "Knight Rider". Not sure why.
anonymous Nov 19th, 2014 11:52am report
Mind Delusions Acquainted
Plutonium Wedding Rings
One Flag,Flaggy But One
Painting The Paintings Of The Alive.
OF Opposing Force
FBO For the Benefit Of
anonymous Feb 25th, 2013 2:46pm report
Iv'e always believed that the "plutonium wedding rings" part meant the sky-rocketing divorce rate, becuase plutonium dies out very quickly.
anonymous Dec 8th, 2012 12:51pm report
Its all about the idealism and corruption merely ego... Idealism the ways of cunning around the world by politic..
anonymous Jun 3rd, 2012 6:28am report
I'm with the 'IdEAlIzAtIOn' group. IMO, each verse has something to do with an object or thought that America idealizes.
Verse 1 (Peter's pecker...pussy pepper): This verse may be about America's fascination/obsession with sex, as with 'pecker' and 'pussy'.
Verse 2 (Meeting John at Dale's Jr.): As has been posted already, this could be with journalists investigating politicians or with gossip, as 'winking' and 'pointing a finger'.
Verse 3 (A former cop undercover): Not so sure with this one specifically, probably just an observation of American crime or possibly even the need for undercover cops investigating drugs, which SOAD dislikes.
Verse 4 (Fighting crime with a partner):???
Chorus: This is possibly a Klan chant, but I think it is America's pride in the 4th of July, celebrating nationalist, unfounded patriotism.
'Plutonium wedding rings'... plutonium is expensive and has a short half-life, so it might be American's tendency of having short, expensive marriages.
'Bubbles erotica' sex?
'Icicles stretching' possible AGW...
The rest is nearly inscrutable to me, your guess is as good as mine.
anonymous May 6th, 2012 5:25pm report
I think the chorus sounds like a native American chant. Going with the assumption that the "4th of July" is part of the original theme, I think this is consistent. The native Americans were slaughtered by genocide to near-extinction, and the nation of America celebrates it every year with fireworks. The 3rd and 4th portions of the verse also seem to be an obvious crack at the "war on drugs" which disproportionately affects minorities and destroys the culture of native Americans and native meso-Americans. I still don't understand the first two portions of the verse however.
anonymous May 1st, 2012 5:34pm report
When you said that aa ee eh ah eh aa oh is a KKK chant. if you watch their performance at download he started chanting that instead of IEAIAIO
anonymous Mar 19th, 2012 3:36pm report
I-E-A-I-A-I-O are the vowels for IDEALIZATION, and the KKK are ''brain-washed-like'' about religions, racism and other thing.
In my opinion, the USA governement wants everybody to idealize the American Dream (Having big things, big money even if it is not necessary), like the KKK idealize racism.
anonymous Jan 1st, 2011 1:48pm report
Ummmmm..... it might be all what you guys think but it probably isn't because music is supposed to be portrait how u want it to be. So no it doesn't talk about racism or secret missions. I didn't look any of this shit up it's just kinda dumb how all u people think of this shit. And how would SOAD find out about the secret missions,and the KKK chant? This song isn't about anything, the only thing its about is what u want it to be about.
anonymous Oct 16th, 2010 10:01pm report
I-E-A-I-A-I-O......I d E A l I z A t I O n.........notice the capitals are the vowels that make up the name of the song? That is not just coincidence! and as far as the secret organizations, well it has been an ongoing thing with humans to keep secrets, and make new lies, and there for create a bond between those who share the secrets. one of my favorite lines in a song, comes from the theme for pretty little liars, "Cause two can keep a secret, if one of them is dead"
anonymous Sep 26th, 2010 9:47am report
I'm only looking at the more random section of the song (Plutonium wedding rings, Icicle stretchings, Bicycle shoestrings).
Plutonium wedding rings, I believe, like another person said, refers to the high divorce rate because plutonium decays extremely quickly.
Icicle stretchings could refer to the issue of global warming (Global warming isn't just making hot weather hotter, it also makes cold weather colder, so as the glaciers melt more quickly, the icicles are becoming longer).
Bicycle shoestrings (not sure if I am stretching this one or not) may be a reference to history repeating itself. Bicycles have circular wheels and shoestrings are on shoes that we use to go places. The reference may be to history being circular in the respect that we continue to make the same mistakes over and over again despite technology advancing (bicycles are more advanced than shoestrings).
anonymous Aug 30th, 2010 8:09am report
Something that I don't think it has been mentioned is that the letters i-e-a-i-a-i-o are the starting letters of words like "illegal emigration" apart from being a KKK chant and the "why?" after it refers to that we are thought to be civilized and so in Europe and America(Canada and the U.S. basically) but still major problems are out there.
anonymous Aug 20th, 2010 8:34am report
There are many interpretations. The first is that the title of the song is based after the vowels in the word idealization. The second, KKK related themes, the chant, and "lighting up the sky" relating to burning a cross. My personal interpretation being: i-e-a-i-a-i-o sounds like a siren (cop siren, etc?) and "lighting up the sky" perhaps relates to law enforcement (e.g. helicopters using spotlights to catch criminals etc.)
anonymous Jul 13th, 2010 7:11pm report
as others have pointed out, the "I E A I A I O" is a KKK chant, symbolizing the racism in our country. the song then continues to ask "why? and we light up the sky" which can symbolize the fireworks on Forth of July, our freedom. perhaps SOAD is asking why are we celebrating our freedom if not all of us are really free...
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