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Hey Mr. Jack,
Is that the mouthwash in your eyes,
Hey Mr. jack,
Is that the cause of your surprise,
Hey where you at,
On the side of the freeway in the car,
Hey where you at,
On the side of the freeway in the car.
In the car.

On the...


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    Jul 19th, 2006 7:08pm report

    I think this song is about a drug dealer who is caught by the police..And was running from them and he had a stand off on the side of a freeway. So the song is explaining what "mr. Jack" is seeing as the police (little men/pigs) are pointing their "big guns" at his head.

    Also, they say "put your hands up! Get out of the car! Saying the police are trying to get him out so he will give up..But he returns that in saying "f**k you pig!" so I think at the very end, because the song stops so ubruptly, they shoot mr. Jack.

    Thats just my interpretation though. Its probably wrong, but that's what I think that song is about


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    Jan 7th, 2006 1:31am report

    If you look at the "Toxicity" album cover, you'll see Serj thanks "Mr. Jack for Mass Relaxaciones". Mr. Jack is their pot dealer. "Is that the mouthwash in your eyes" = red eyed. Mr. Jack has been pulled over and System is mad at authority because they're out of ganja.


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    Jun 1st, 2007 6:24pm report

    I hope you are familiar with Jack the Ripper, if you know about the case then it kind of make sense

    Hey Mr. Jack, (Jack the Ripper or also known as Freeway killer)
    Is that the mouthwash in your eyes, (mouthwash burns your eyes[no duh] so I thought it was drugs until I read up on Jack the Ripper and well read down to understand and then I realized something...If you have mouthwash in your eyes you eyes must be red so he was angry at something and snapped at something?)

    Is that the cause of your surprise(it means the surpise attack on London that means he began his killing spree, so that is what the last line mean about snapping)

    On the side of the freeway in the car(Jack the Ripper was known to wait in his car on the freeway for lost women who's car that has broken down or just walking, so for a while he was known as the Freeway Mass Murderer)

    Is that the trick of your disguise (Think about the last line, most lines have to connect to each other someway, as is that the trick of how you killed without being caught. Because Freeways rarely have cops[still don't])

    Seven a.m. morning, came to take us away(I've been to london and when I wake up is when I find most cops snooping around at 7.00AM also if you think about it[also proven fact] during the time of Jack the Ripper people and cops were paranoid about what is going on, so they would arrest any person that looked suspicious)

    (I don't need to explain little men with big guns...Everyone seem to have a common ground that its cop who think there superior to others because of there power and handguns but you probably didn't know[and I still have the poster in my room] the reward of finding Jack the ripper(s)[rumor there was more then 1] was 4.5 billion euro's Oo that is a lot...So I would feel superior if I had my gun pointed at the guy who is going to give me a billion Euros)

    Your prospect of living gone, (This is probably refers to the fake Jack the Rippers or the people in the city, lets change the words..."The reason of living is gone" If your in a city with a killer who could be anyone and anywhere...Why should you bother living[there was many suicides during this time] or people changing there identity to become a follower of Jack or a fake Jack(which is from the people who spread the graffiti around the city which has different words probably mistranslation of people who spread the rumor, and people making pretend they were the killer[P.S:From a recent Police report that a friend of mine found at his police station at 34 street Radcliff England Police office, there has been 112 reportings of Jack the Ripper going to court, 0 went to jail, 112 community service[they had this that long ago?] OLD THEORY^

    (I read the next few lines on how they flow to each other[but decided to keep the other proof up just for other theories]

    "Your prospect of living gone,
    You ran the light at dawn,
    Protectors on your back,
    Lights are on their track," (remember how I mentioned how cops lit there lights up at 7:00 am well that's the second line. Now since the cops during the time are obssesed with finding this guy wouldn't that make there whole life turn around "Your reason of living GONE!" That means that you got rid of everything you cared about just to find one(or more) killer, getting all geared up to find the guy)

    Now this next one might be a little different then what you think...

    You must now face authority,
    You're nothing like me,
    You must now face authority,
    You're nothing like me. (The police have to face authority, your probably not agreeing with my opinion but think about it. Cops superior Chiefs and Captain and police warden. Cops[believe it or not] get a lot of griefs from the higher ups because they can't find the guy...It is saying that they have to face there warden because he can't figure out Jack's plan "You're nothing like me!")

    Put your hands up, get out of the car,
    Put your hands up, get out of the car,
    Put your hands up, get out of the car,
    Fuck you pig,
    Fuck you pig,
    Fuck you pig,
    Fuck you pig,
    Put your hands up, get out of the car. (probably cops trying to arrest a random person on the Freeway because they don't want to get in trouble from the higher ups, and the commoner cursing back because it doesn't want to go for no reason...)

    (JtR=Jack the Ripper)
    Random facts to help this theory
    Names of song:Freeway>Bacon>Mr.Jack
    Names of JtR-:Freeway>Leather Apron>Jack the Ripper
    (most leather is made from pig skins or cow skins in the old day, and if leather comes from pigs it would relate to bacon)
    Rest self explanatory

    "The writing was added sometime after the apron piece was dropped — presumably shortly after the murder (thought to have happened just before 1:45am) — but before the discovery of the scrap at 3am" -Quote from Wikipedia, and Case Discovery JACK THE RIPPER!

    This time was changed into American time for us so if you change it back to London time it would be about 4 hours ahead...1:45=5:45 3:00>7:00AM

    that is my theory if anyone which to reply(((or fix my grammar which I have a feeling I did wrong[when I went to high school we had separate LAL grade and one was Punctuation I got a D average)))

    go ahead, I hope to see you soon
    The clock ticks at 4:00AM
    Sanji SongCrackers!


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    Dec 12th, 2017 12:29pm report

    So ready for this mindfuck? I was just on Instagram on Shavo's page and he's friends with a guy mrjack36 and Serj follows him too. I think he's a real dude on whom the song is based. either that or this song actually is about a dealer and now they have in an act of homage to their current dealer have named him mr jack and he rolls with it.


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    Feb 20th, 2017 2:30pm report

    To:all, the jack is on the freeway in the trunk of the car, t have you ever had a flat tire or on the freeway in the car?, cant find the jack, because you or some tell was stranded on the highway in the car!!.


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    Apr 18th, 2012 4:27am report

    Wow to the guy who said it's about Jack the Ripper? Cars + Jack the Ripper? Really? I guess he was driving one of those cool 1888 Ford Model A Mustangs huh? Wow, ignorance abounds... I guess you really did your research...When exactly was he known as the Freeway Mass Murderer? I suppose those "unfortunates" were driving old beat up 1870's Ford Pintos that had a known nasty habit of breaking down allowing them to be easy targets at the corner of Osborne and George Yard. Sheesh... Shoulda got a tune up I guess. At least points and plugs.


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    Mar 19th, 2012 3:17pm report

    This song is about Medical Jack Herer from Netherlands. This stuff is BLOWING YOUR FUCHING FACE OFF. You will understand what I mean when your paths with Mr. Jack come along. What I wish you<3


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    Sep 5th, 2011 9:28pm report

    Well system makes music so you can interpret it in your own way it can be what you want it to be and it wownt be wrong.


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    Jun 13th, 2011 6:57am report

    OK, first off, in the album it says thanks to mr jack for all the mass relaxations. Therefore this song is about their pot dealer getting busted. System of a down is hardly a political band. And the jack the ripper thing is completely off because of my first statement. <3 jack is their pot dealer. He got arrested. About 30% of their songs are political. Get your facts straight. “System of a Down are one of the most misunderstood bands around. I mean, Armenian rock? What the fuck is that? Political? I could name so many more of our songs that aren't about politics than ones that are. And for a long time, everyone thought Serj wrote all of our tunes. Until this album came out, people thought he wrote all the lyrics. So there are so many different misunderstandings of System of a Down that I don't even let it bother me anymore. I'm just kind of used to it. Our first bio said something like 'four guys based out of LA who are Armenian and political,' and, well, it wasn't really right at all. I mean, we are all Armenian, but we didn't plan that.” - Daron Malakian


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    Jun 10th, 2011 6:51am report

    As with a lot of System songs they are talking about civil right being violated that is especially present in this song. Why MR.Jack is being pulled over is only relevant to the writers of the song (as they are the ones who saw the situation). One thing that is certain is that they felt rather strongly that the altercation was unfair and unjustified. The song ends with Serj and Darren screaming "FUCK YOU PIG! FUCK YOU PIG!!" which is intense and deliberate to indicate the feeling of the situation.


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    May 31st, 2011 5:26pm report

    Well considering Jack the Ripper those prostitutes in 1888 and Cars weren't readily available to the public until 1903 and still by that time very few people were able to afford a car. Jack would have traveled by horse drawn coach not by car, and he always struck at night, he would've been long gone by 7:00 AM in fact he probably wouldn't have been outside after 3:00 to prevent becoming a suspect, he was very smart.


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    Feb 4th, 2011 2:41pm report

    First, it is not Jack the Ripper. Jack the Ripper was named in 1888. The first automobile was invented just before the turn of the century 1898. Jack the Ripper finished his spree in Whitecastle in 1891.

    There is a possibility that Mr. Jack could be a drug dealer and SOAD was out of some of the finer things in life.

    I believe it is a generic name like John Doe. Mr. Jack is a man who is in trouble with the law. The reasoning is due to him being at the wrong place at the wrong time. The arresting officer held him accountable for things that he was not guilty off. Things got out of hand which inevitably led to Mr. Jack getting the short end of the deal. Mr. Jack is you, I, Rodney King, Andrew Meyer, Abner Louima, etc.

    For clarification, System of A Down is not against policing. They are against those in power taking advantage of anything and anyone who are not them. Those that they see as 'smaller'.


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    Jan 25th, 2011 1:02pm report

    You know, it's so obvious. Serge got a speeding ticket. One night coming home from a gig. Caught in a speed trap, he was rip shit and of course, he was buzzin' and a bit tweaked out. So, he took a shot at the cop. the cop got pissed and called for back-up. It just happened to be around 7AM.

    He wound up in the joint for a bit and started remembering his shitty childhood in the catholic church and wrote Forest. I know the rest of songs too...except for Mushroom People. That tune is whacked.

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    Oct 29th, 2010 10:53pm report

    Mr. Jack, is about a Science Teacher in California. He was System of a Down's favorite teacher. His car used to break down a lot, and that's the reason of "Getting pulled over".

    My teacher, Jack.. is also Armenian and was a teacher of SOAD.


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    Oct 6th, 2010 10:36pm report

    I think it's about four men 2 of them were best friends the other two just people they knew randomly... all four of them did a crime and the other two that weren't there friends found out the cop was on to them so they framed the two friends and at 7 am mourning the SWAT team/FBI came to take them away so they jumped out the window but one of them broke there leg and couldn't make it he was shot the other one got to the car in time and drove away but they cut them off on the freeway and they gave them a warning to put his hands up and get out of the car but didn't want to go in so he refused then was shot


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    Sep 30th, 2010 9:18pm report

    I also believe this song, as with most of SOAD songs have multiple meanings. However Serj has said about a few different songs that there is no actual meaning & for people to interpret them anyway they can.... Also i've heard from my best friend & a few other sources that THIS SONG is about (Their good friend) Jack Osbourne & how he got pulled over while being stoned & his eyes were red so the dumby that he is, he put mouthwash in his eyes so when it started 2 burn the cops thought he was crazy & he was yelling "F*ck you pig!"


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    May 25th, 2010 5:21pm report

    this song is about a drug dealer named "Mr.Jack" and he got cought running a red light and had pot on him and was running from the pigs


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    Jan 11th, 2010 1:12pm report

    Well I actually did think this song was about jack the ripper but the thing is jack ripper never raped any of the girls he killed and he dint do any killing by the side of the freeway, were they even call freeways back then? anyhow I don't think its really him they are talking about.

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