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System Of A Down - Aerials


System Of A Down - Aerials - Meaning of the song


This song is about how people can lose their identities and become just like everyone else. Some lyric analysis:


"Life is a waterfall,we're one in the river, one again after the fall." - We all start off the same and we all end up the same.


"Swimming through the void, we hear the words,we lose ourselves, but we find it all." - As we go through life we are told lessons, but we ignore them. We forget who we really are in the mix of seeking the synthetic lifestyle, and that's the price to lose who we really are.


"'Cause we are the ones that wanna play, always want to go, but you never want to stay." - We always want to be part of the scene. We strive for what we want and when we get it, it still does not satisfy.


"And we are the ones that want to choose, always wanna play, but you never wanna lose." - We want and want. We do whatever we can but if trouble is ever near we do whatever we can to maintain innocence.


"When you lose small mind you free your life." - When we stop to see the full picture is when we really have control of our lives.


"Life is a waterfall, we drink from the river then we turn around and put up our walls." - We take and take and in the end we give nothing. This shows how greedy, oblivious and inconsiderate people can be.


The lyrics were written by guitarist Daron Malakian and lead singer Serj Tankian; Malakian wrote the music. They also have producer credits on the album along with their label boss, Rick Rubin, who was a big part of System's success.

The music video was a joint effort between the group's bass player, Shavo Odadjian, and the British director David Slade. It follows a young boy who appears to be at least part Klingon. We see him in a photo shoot and a press junket, but he seems to be a bona fide celebrity rather than a curiosity. The band is from the Hollywood area and often looks at that culture as if peering into a fun house mirror. The video got a lot of spins on MTV and Fuse.


Aerials - Lyrics


Life is a waterfall We're one in the river And one again after the fall Swimming through the void We hear the word We lose ourselves but we find it all 'Cause we are the ones that wanna play Always wanna go But you never wanna stay And we are the ones that wanna choose Always wanna play But you never wanna lose Aerials in the sky When you lose small mind You free your life Life is a waterfall We drink from the river Then we turn around and put up our walls Swimming through the void We hear the word We lose ourselves but we find it all 'Cause we are the ones that wanna play Always wanna go But you never wanna stay We are the ones that wanna choose Always wanna play But you never wanna lose Aerials in the sky When you lose small mind You free your life Aerials so up high When you free your eyes eternal prize Aerials in the sky When you lose small mind You free your life Aerials so up high When you free your eyes eternal prize


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