System of a Down: War? Meaning
Song Released: 1998
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The man you fight,
With all your prayers, incantations,
Running away, a trivial day,
Of judgment and deliverance,
To whom was sold, this bounty soul,
A gentile or a priest ?
Who victored over, the seljuks,
When the holy...
The song is generally thought to be about mankind fighting wars for wealth and other material gains throughout the centuries while coming up with great reasons for it; one of the first reasons given for such wars was that God commanded the war. As this reason changed to fighting communism and eventually terrorism, the war was still being fought for material gain and global domination.
anonymous May 23rd, 2012 5:24pm report
just notcied "international security, call of the righteous man, needs a reason to kill a man" --- Oil isn't a good enough reason to go to war but international security is. Bomb the shit out of your own towers and blame it on the other guys and you have the support of your nation.
anonymous Jan 17th, 2012 1:44pm report
The song is about using religon to send people to war. I'm an atheist and i don't want to offence anybody, but i think religion is just a way to gain money. in the live version Serj says "God wants you to go to war (see first sentence)
anonymous Mar 14th, 2011 3:56am report
I don't think its about antidisestablishmentarianism. google it and read what it means on wiki. Not something SoaD generally sings about.
anonymous May 10th, 2010 5:07pm report
It's about the Muslims invading in the fourteen-hundreds. In the beginning they talk about Seljuks, who was a Turkish group that took over Muslim land. The rest of the song, I think, is about using god, or Allah as an excuse to go around killing people to take back your land.
anonymous Apr 2nd, 2010 4:28am report
This song is definetly about the crusades during the middle ages. The reference to the Seljuks is a big red flag. If you don't already know, the Seljuks were a group of Turks that the Crusaders fought against. The song also mentions the "Holy Land," which was what the crusaders were after.
Anonymity_is_great Oct 13th, 2009 10:24am report
I think that this song is about the fact that war through the ages has been only ever for one thing, material gain. Also I belive it explains how excuses have been made to wage war from "holy wars" like the crusades in the middle ages fought in the name of god to modern wars fought for reasons of "International security". For example Bush, although U.N. weapons inspectors didn't find a trace of any "weapons of mass destruction" he still invaded Iraq, directly disobeying a U.N. order. Technicaly Bush is a war crimial but no one wanted to take him to a U.N. war crimes council because they feared America's power. The whole Iraq war with the massacre of civilians through indescriminant bombing was only for control over Iraq's oil.
Well thats it, sorry if I got off the topic a bit
anonymous Feb 9th, 2009 2:51am report
In answer to DisposableCartman.
The Gulf War of 1991 might very well be the war they are referring to?
DisposableCartman Aug 5th, 2008 8:20pm report
Most of you got it right. Except this isn't about the current War in Iraq, cuz' the album is from 1998. Anyway, it relates to the Armenian Genocide a lot, but Justin was obviously reading from the quote book above "War?":
"We first fought the heathens in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change."
anonymous Apr 23rd, 2008 4:54pm report
Seljuks, according to Wikipedia, expanded as far as Baghdad. This to me makes this song clearly about the Iraq war, and the framing of the Iraq war as a holy war against Islam (infidels). 'That lead the noble to the east to fight the heathens...' Noble = noble cause, also nobility or King Bush, aka King George. 'For you must enter a room to destroy it' we went into Iraq and it's now essentially decimated. 'Call of the righteous man' to be Christian is to support Bush. 'The reason he must attain' look at the Downing Street Memos where the intelligence was fixed around the policy. I could go on, but this is yet another example of SOADs beautiful use of metaphor and double entendre in its lyrics!
anonymous Jul 11th, 2007 7:05pm report
Yes this song is about the Crusades in the 1400's.
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous Apr 26th, 2007 4:28pm report
I think he is talking about the Crusade and the Holy Wars of the Christians. They went east to fight the "heathens" muslims....They don't speak of this war anymore because they want to leave it behind....Today the same thing is happening with Muslims and we are all acting as if this hasn't happened in history.
willyson45 Dec 29th, 2006 12:41pm report
you know I read somewhere that this was about the crusades back in the 1400s with the protestants n stuff. you know "we will fight the heathens." "We will fight the non-believers."
and everything else about the riches and everything is true about that period and time.
Darkangel_X Nov 5th, 2006 11:23am report
Religion? Fighting off the anti-christians and those who don't believe in god?
"we will fight the heathens."
just the way I perceived it. This could also be about antidisestablishmentarianism. I mean that, I'm not saying that to seem like a smartass who knows a big word.
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