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Flaunt your will at every wheel,

Parachute your chocolate soul,

Cobblestones under your wheels,

I got pictures on my mind,

I got pictures on my mind,

I got pictures on my mind,

I got pictures on my mind.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 5th, 2012 7:46pm report


    I'd say it's about pictures on Google Images and whatnot. You can see them, but they can't see you. "Can't you look at my shamed ass"



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    anonymous
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    Apr 17th, 2010 4:33am report


    I don't know what the entire song is about, but "parachuting the chocolate soul" might have to do with something I recently learned at school (wow, it was good for something)

    Paul tibbets, the WWII pilot who dropped the first Atomic bomb started his career as a pilot in his early years by dropping candy bars onto sport arenas attacked to tiny parachutes.

    Considering this is about pictures, one would think it would be about pictures in his head he couldn't get rid of, considering he killed over 70,000 people instantly and many more later. But actually for the remainder of his life he said he had no regrets and would do it again if his country wished.

    Just thought I'd add that for your discussion.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 11th, 2009 11:25pm report


    Valshad, you're probably right. To add to your theory, the ba ba ba baaa's probably represent some sort of mockery or twisted memory of horns blowing at the start of battles or marches.



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    Valshad
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    Jun 30th, 2009 6:31pm report


    I think it's about a man who went insane after fighting in a war. (I think the Civil War)

    "I got pictures on my mind" Could be the images he saw in war that don't escape his mind.

    Some of the weird lyrics, like "Parachute your chocolate soul" Could either be his mind as he's insane, Or the african americans forced to fight in the war.

    The drum cuts between lyrics resemble the Snare beats that the drummers would play during millitary marches, Such as the civil war.



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    Zigley
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    Jun 16th, 2008 6:19pm report


    This song is about how images used with the media can twist people's minds around. "Flaunt your will at every wheel","Circumvent your thick ego" are both excellent examples of this.



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    anonymous
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    May 23rd, 2007 5:14am report


    I think this this song is about Serj looking at pictures in your mind while in prison. SYSTEM OF A DOWN RULES!



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    anonymous
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    Oct 5th, 2006 10:15pm report


    This song (I think) is about how pictures, or more accurately photos, save memories and moments.

    You can show off or pose for them ("circumvent your thick ego") or you can be embarrased and not want them to be seen ("can't you look at my shaved ass?")

    "fear waits, for us, when the present can be sealed" is getting ready for a photo. "away, goldust, now the dishes can be cleared" means the photos taken, it gets put away and tresured and life returns to normal. (back to mundane things like putting the dishes away)




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