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Peter's pecker picked another
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...


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    Sep 1st, 2008 9:40am report

    The words: 'as we light up the sky' could have thousands of meanings it could as well be related to firing artillery cannons as fireworks on the 4th of July...

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    Aug 15th, 2008 8:39am report

    For those who can't find "On the Fourth of July" in the song, here is the reason:


    There are also a few ideas there that seem rather plausible to me, but I'm not going to try and decipher a damn good song. When something is peefect the way it is, why bother opening it up, tinkering with it, and risk ruining the meaning of it? Although, I must admit, all these different ideas are very interesting...

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    May 3rd, 2008 5:26am report

    Okay....Has no one heard of an allegory. It's something (generally a story) that can be interpreted different ways. This song probably doesn't have one meaning.


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    Apr 1st, 2008 4:30pm report

    THE SONG HAS NO FREAKING MEANING. Not all of system's music is purely political. In fact, quite a number the band's songs have no true meaning and contains much tongue in cheek humour. I-E-A-I-A-I-O is one of these songs. Another exmaple is the song Vicinity of Obscenity. Is banana terrecota pie also a kkk chant? What about the whores with bad feet? That must be a reference to Hilary Clinton. Haha, I think not. You douchebags need to quit treating all of system's music like its metaphysical poetry and just take each song for what it is.

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    Feb 23rd, 2008 2:42am report

    Hello all. I posted this on songmeanings.net but I would like to share my opinion here too [I also edited it a bit, added couple of things]:

    On I-E-A-I-A-I-O:
    I believe that nobody "got it" just right, although there are multiple "right" interpretations of any of the songs, I think I pinned this one correctly.

    Well first of all, the title is a spoof. They are mocking the organisation which is going by the acronym IAEA. It means International Atomic Energy Agency.

    As for "meeting John (Doe) at some public location (Dale's Jr.), pointing finger, winking" tells us about secret meetings, perhaps illegal dealerships with the weapons. The part about the cop is telling us about a cop on an undercover job to expose such dealings, but the operation gone awry and corruption still stands tall.

    Now, I don't really know, what should all these comicbook related verses mean (Lois Lane, Peter [Parker]), I think it symbolises the organisation playing "heroes" with their nuclear research...

    Okay, on to the last part of the song:
    Bubbles erotica - a way of telling that these people might get aroused by the mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion... (quite sick)
    Plutionium wedding rings - Well, no need to elaborate connection with atomic bombs on this one I guess.

    The flag part might have some connection with the logo of the IAEA.

    And the grand finale, of course - As we light up the sky on the fourth of July.

    Giant fireworks on the fourth of July, symbolising the supremacy of nuclear weapons which light up the sky showing the great power and "pride" of America.

    That's what I got out of this powerful and mystic song. Cheers.


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    Oct 29th, 2007 10:51am report

    I have a version of this song called "Why". It has the original lyrics and serj sings at the end: "Why.. on the fourth of july"
    I don't know why he doesn't sing that on the album :S.

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    Oct 21st, 2007 10:53pm report

    Insanityproject I complely agree with you SOAD does not have meanings with their songs that they sisifically put in you are meant to come up with your own meanings they don't want anyone to have to explain it to us they want use to believe things for ourselves they said it themselves


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    Sep 28th, 2007 9:27pm report

    I-E-A-I-A-I-O is a very deep song even for SOAD, and I think its probably impossible to get the EXACT right interpretation of the song. SOAD have thier own ideas and interpretations about the song but they would never tell us them because they love seeing people like US trying to figure it all out.

    I believe that all of the previous posts are close yet very far away from the true interpretation what about the vocal bridge:
    "Mind delusions Acquainted
    Bubbles Erotica
    Plutonium Wedding Rings
    Icicle Streatchings
    Bicycle Shoestrings,
    One Flag, Flaggy but one
    Painting The Paintings Of The Alive"
    This seems to me to be about Technology, Porn, Sports and everything american, so the song is sort of about racism but mostly about Amercan Patriotism.


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    Jul 3rd, 2007 7:53pm report

    In reference to what was said about plutonium wedding rings having to do with high divorce rates...WRONG!!

    Plutonium has a half-life of 24,110 years.


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    Jul 3rd, 2007 7:49pm report

    This song is just like most of their other songs.

    If you haven't noticed SoaD is very VERY political in their songs. They talk a lot about government...ESPECIALLY the bad parts of government.

    They also talk EXCLUSIVELY about America. Practically all of their songs are about America and it's government.

    So this song is just a mish-mash of goings-on in America.

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    Jun 20th, 2007 6:02pm report

    Plutonium wedding rings refers to the extremely high divorce rate. plutonium, unless I am mistaken, has one of the smallest half-lifes (which means it decays at an incredibly high speed).


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    Mar 23rd, 2007 3:32pm report

    I-e-a-i-a-i-o are the vowels in idolization so it may be talking about idolizing your self prooving the One flag part of the song. Also it could be talking about nuclear war with the plutoniom wedding rings and One flag over all and the light up the sky.

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    Dec 28th, 2006 12:27am report

    I like the interpretations that people came up with but what about that part in the middle of the song where they start saying "Plutonium wedding rings, bicycles, shoestrings, etc." This song might just not be about racism but that is a good interpretation.


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    Nov 19th, 2006 11:33am report

    Hmmm, I don't know about the 'KKK' chant 'I-E-A-I-A-I-O' but on wikipedia it says that I-E-A-I-A-I-O was a chant taught by Alester Crowley (A relative of mine unfortunately) in other words a demonic chant of some kind. Though its also the vowels in idealisation, which I think is where SOAD is getting at, America as an idealistic society. The rap bits are mostly what TV portrayes as America, (sex, undercover cops, paparazi, Lois Lane with the president) then the rest is about fourth of july (America celebrated WHY?)


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    Nov 18th, 2006 11:36am report

    If the line "as we light up the sky" refers to fireworks, and this song is about racism, it's probably saying why do we celebrate the marking of our freedom if people are still being discriminated against because of race.

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