System of a Down: Lost In Hollywood Meaning
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Lost In Hollywood Lyrics
Those viscious streets are filled with strays,
You should have never gone to Hollywood.
They find you,
Two time you,
Say your the best they've ever seen,
You should have never trusted Hollywood.
XXXshenanigans04 Apr 29th, 2006 4:38pm report
I think that they arent talking about another person, they are speaking of their own experience. And when they say Hollywood, it doesn't just pertain to the city itself, but it talks of fame and fortune in general and how it is corrupt. They are saying how everyone in hollywood is fake and dishonest. Also when they say,"They find you, two time you, say you're the best they've ever seen," meaning how people said they were the best they've ever seen but then two time them.
anonymous Sep 27th, 2013 9:38am report
I think this song is very easy to understand. It's all about girls coming to LA to be a movie star and end up in pornography.
arnosluismans Feb 3rd, 2010 2:21am report
This song is about nobody in particular, and is not about Hollywood in particular. It's about how the showbiz manipulates people into something awful. If you look at famous people, you can see it clearly: awesome people and personalities, but they grow frustrated, often get addicted to all kinds of drugs, and they totally alienate from their audience. (Think: The Dead Kennedys, Roger Waters,...)
It's also about how people exploit talented people. They say you're the best they've ever seen, give you a seemingly great deal and especially a lot of confidence, but run away with all the profit. (Think: John Fogerty)
anonymous Jul 27th, 2009 7:11pm report
yeah i'd say this is all about hollywood tricking you into signing contracts and things, and making way too much money.
Like, about it not being about the music and the emotion behind it, just about making money.
anonymous Jan 26th, 2007 1:36am report
The track in my mind seems to follow the styles of the Dead Kennedys in their songs 'pull my strings', 'MTV-Get off the air!' and 'Chickenshit Conformist' in the sense that it openly and painfully condemns posers and the entire Pop Music scene. There are referrences to the Sunset Strip where, of course, Hair Metal and Glam got their big break and disgraced all of Metal for all eternity. Also, Hollywood in general has been, in the lyrics of SOAD at least, a youthemism for the corporate brainwashing pop music industries trying to turn any music style and scene they see into big dollar signs and don't give a F--k about the scene itself and what messages it presents or what its followers stand for.
The bottom line is the bottom line of all Heavy Metal and Punk music: think for your F--King self, don't be a cog in the faceless machine, or you might just end up lost in hollywood.
anonymous Jan 9th, 2007 1:50pm report
I just read the book "Catcher in the Rye" not too long ago for school and I thought that they actually sounded quite a bit alike. The main character in "Catcher in the Rye" is always calling people phoney, especially actors. Hence the lines "phoney people come to pray/look at all of them beg to stay". Its talking about how people go to hollywood and get screwed over by people that pretend to care for them but in reality just want them for money, yet they still beg to stay.
anonymous Aug 6th, 2006 8:32pm report
Yeah, I saw that video, it's on youtube.Com I think. Daron has really come along as a musician and songwriter on the two albums, well they all have actually.
Lost in hollywood is about daron's outlook on growing up in hollywood and how people who want fame see hollywood as this whole glamorous place where everyone is a big star and lives in luxury. And he's basically saying that it isn't, it's basically a sham and not everyone makes it, and the people that don't stay there and whore themselves out to the stars, e.T.C
i also read somewhere that it has similar themes to the novel 'catcher in the rye', which is all about someone growing up and leaving home only to be taken advantage of, which sort of parallels the message of the song, I think anyway.
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