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Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now.
Everybody, everybody, everybody fucks.
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now.
Everybody, everybody, everybody sucks.

Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now.
Everybody, everybody,...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Nov 20th 2005 report

    I very much disagree with the interpretation above. I think it is very much about the media and how we are desensitised to the horrors ("the kinda shit you get on your TV") seen on TV daily. It's pointing out that the stuff we see on TV is as bad as a violent pornagraphy, yet it is socially acceptable to watch.

    It also points out that TV is brainwashing viewers ("can you say brainwashing"), refers to a big American snack food corporation that probably advertises a lot in the US ("Bet you it's Nabiso")and tell the listener to switch off ("turn of your TV"), which I think all supports the view that the song is not, in fact, about porn.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Feb 23rd 2006 report

    I have to agree with those of you who say this isn't about the porn you have to order through your cable company, this is like Law and Order Special Victim's unit etc. Ever wonder why there is a whole TV dedicated to sex crimes? People are addicted to the horror of rape, murder, incest etc. It's like they made the Marquis DeSade a network executive. "Tonight on 20/20 we'll bring you the story of a violent sexual assault on a fourteen year old girl all caught on tape. And yes we will show you the tape too." Yuck.


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    Mar 30th 2006 report

    I think this song is about how the media potrays society on TV. Basicly the media potrays that everyone has lots of sex, lies, is unhappy (sucks and cries) and dies ussually before their time. The "bet you didn't know" multiple times is meant to symbolize that perception from the media being drilled into people all the time by watching tv.

  4. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2016 report

    Heads up-most likely nabisco reference is about the fact that,at time the song was written,nabisco (a "family-friendly" company) spent over $4million a year advertising their food products in pornographic magazines-bet ya didn't know woohoo!

  5. tish
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    Mar 20th 2013 report

    This song is about rape culture, capitalism and normalization of sexual violence against women.

    "Everybody everybody everybody livin' now, everybody fucks,sucks, cries, dies"- Violence, selfishness, self-entitlement are inevitable facts of life.

    "It's a non-stop disco, bet you it's Nabisco, bet you didn't know" - The perpetuation of the status quo(Nabisco is a vicious, self-defeating cycle maintained by mainstream media and Capitalism. (Nabisco is a capitalist, mainstream food distributor. In my opinion, Nabisco can be likened or compared to white-washing, catering the the masses.) Uneducated consumers are brainwashed and feed into the capitalist infrastructure that encourages and perpetuate oppression.

    "It's a violent pornography, choking chicks and sodomy, the kind of shit you get on your TV." Television and media provide unrealistic and damaging portrayals of women. These hyper-sexualized and degrading portraits incubate the normalization and justification of violence against them.

    What Serj is trying to tell us is....


  6. DevilDriver
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    Mar 5th 2013 report

    Pornography doesnt mean just nude pictures/videos it means material that fills a desire to feel something sort of. its talking about how we can fill our heads with stuff that brainwashes us to do stuff. i was playing black ops 2 one day and there was a 4YEAROLD playing. This was the first song that came to mind.

  7. anonymous
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    Mar 21st 2012 report

    I agree to the top comment, yet I have to add:
    Maybe it is a little bit about porn, how people today seems to accord too much importance about it and only want porn instead of thinking about how the society is of today is brainwashing us.

  8. anonymous
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    Jan 31st 2012 report

    the first part is most definitely about the television being used to divert our minds from the real issues and dissension going on all around us. Porn being the most exorbitant means.
    "It's a non stop disco, bet you it's Nabisco, bet you didn't know"
    A little research on Nabisco makes it a little clear. http://www.masgrafx.com/masgrafxracing/images/jdownloads/screenshots/mgrfx_nabisco.jpg

    Notice the Double cross and circle. This symbol is an occult symbol.
    The original has an infinity at the bottom as shown here: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_hCtXNDGAhxI/SBzwwoXqc4I/AAAAAAAAAKw/rfGp8qIuDLg/s400/sigil7.jpg

    But a circle can also mean infinity. So what does the logo stand for?
    The Pontifical Cross of Lucifer which is linked with Satanism and apparently freemasonry. So, S.O.A.D is trying to say that they bet you didn't realize that Nabisco was Satanic. Conspiracy theory? hmm...interesting much?

  9. anonymous
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    Jun 24th 2011 report

    its about illuminiti on tv brainwashing viewers

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  10. anonymous
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    Apr 16th 2011 report

    sytem of a down has been writing alot of songs to help realize that america is not as great as evreyone says it is and how much media controls our lives. i dont agree with them completley but there is alot of truth in the songs this one could have a few meanigs...

    1) i dout this one but it may be talking about how bad pornography and other tings are and soud be gotten rid of
    2)how the media portraits life
    3)crime,aids,theft, and all the other things that go one in the world around us and how caotic it is.
    4)This one I think has the best chance of being the righ one: how sex,racism,and other usightly thing are put into the media and no one notices

  11. soad4life94
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    Sep 4th 2010 report

    I beleiev that it does go along with some of the ones that others have put, but also much more. The world today has become so corrupt! with adds telling us how to look how to act. and worse of all the advertsing business believes that the key to selling products is SEX sex sells!
    and with the lyrics "everybody f**ks" reffering to advertsing is telling us thats hey its ok to do this, this is hwo u get what u want! and its making us beleive its right! and the thigns we say is so brainwashing to make us beklieve what they want us to is as bad a violent pornography the "violent" part being the ads. are harming our world our children our brains and the "pornography" being the sex ad. things
    the brain washing thing is self explainitory, the adverstinsing business is brain washing us to beleive thats what they are selling is right, what they are showing is how this world is suppose to be so we are believethem, becasue ehy see it enough, hear it enough u think its true
    with the turn off your tv. again self explanitory. we have the key to stop this from happening to turn off our TV!! we need to find whats real i9n lifer and our true mporals and watching tv is as good with morals as a pron!!

  12. anonymous
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    Apr 27th 2010 report

    Nabisco is actually referring to Oreos. Which describes interacial group sex. But I don't know how that goes with the media. Unless it's like the large corporation having sex with other "groups"

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 27th 2010 report

    Nabisco is actually referring to Oreos. Which describes interacial group sex. But I don't know how that goes with the media. Unless it's like the large corporation having sex with other "groups"

  14. systemfan1080
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    Jan 24th 2010 report

    This song is all about the shit that's on the average television these days. Think about it. Most shows are either about sex or killing. "Everybody fucks" and "Everybody sucks" refer to shows about intimacy. "Everybody cries" refers to all those soap operas where you hear someone screaming and crying "You killed my father!" or "Please let me have my baby!". and "Everybody dies" refers to violence. I'm not exactly sure what "It's the non-stop disco betcha it's nabisco betcha didn't know woo hoo" means. "Choking chicks" is violence, and "Sodomy" is sex. There you have it. The kind of shit you get on your TV!

  15. ashleigh915
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    Oct 6th 2009 report

    My favourite bit of this song is the line 'can you say brainwashing, brainwashing'. it reminds me of those kids TV shows you see where they get the children to repeat a word back to them, especially as the second 'brainwashing' is sung in a kinda childish, sing-song way. I feel like they are saying that we've been brainwashed since we were kids, and we didn't even know it. That's just my two cents worth :)

  16. anonymous
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    Aug 22nd 2009 report

    I think that everybody fucks, sucks, dies, and cries is a reference to prudes. Like you hear about someone having sex, and you say "Oh dear! They'll go to Hell for that!" Well how were you born? Everybody fucks.
    Non-stop disco, I think, is probably something about the tv brainwashing line. Like, the disco(brainwashing) just never ends on TV.
    Bet you it's Nabisco= maybe Nabisco is some company that runs subliminal advertising.
    Betcha didn't know= you don't realize TV brainwashes you.

  17. anonymous
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    Jun 27th 2009 report

    Ok this is wat I think: I think this is a simple song about "Snuff" films.

  18. PopCornMan
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    Jun 25th 2009 report

    i think this song is about how bad tv can really get like TV-MA shows and all of the other crap thats on your tv, and about how the government lets those shows be on air. Its not all about porn, its just sayin that some shows can go hardcore on there tv shows.

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