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If you are some how offended by this article in anyway, this was not my intention. My sole intention was to show what I believed what the lyrics meant. Keep in mind, I'm an athiest so my sources for these theories and the parts of Jesus may be incorrect.


Wake up,
Grab a brush and put a little (makeup),
Grab a brush and put a little,
Hide the scars to fade away the (shakeup)
Hide the scars to fade away the,
Why'd you leave the keys upon the table?
Here you go create another fable

You wanted to,
Grab a brush and put a little makeup,
You wanted to,
Hide the scars to fade away the shakeup,
You wanted to,
Why'd you leave the keys upon the table,
You wanted to,

I don't think you trust,
In, my, self righteous suicide,
I, cry, when angels deserve to die, Die,

Wake up,
Grab a brush and put a little (makeup),
Grab a brush and put a little,
Hide the scars to fade away the (shakeup)
Hide the scars to fade away the,
Why'd you leave the keys upon the table?
Here you go create another fable

You wanted to,
Grab a brush and put a little makeup,
You wanted to,
Hide the scars to fade away the shakeup,
You wanted to,
Why'd you leave the keys upon the table,
You wanted to,

I don't think you trust,
In, my, self righteous suicide,
I, cry, when angels deserve to die
In my, self righteous suicide,
I, cry, when angels deserve to die

Father, Father, Father, Father,
Father/ Into your hands/I/commend my spirit,
Father, into your hands,

Why have you forsaken me,
In your eyes forsaken me,
In your thoughts forsaken me,
In your heart forsaken, me oh,

Trust in my self righteous suicide,
I, cry, when angels deserve to die,
In my self righteous suicide,
I, cry, when angels deserve to die.


Lyrics courtesy of System of a Down Online

So, I was sitting in my English class this week, and we were reading about the crucifixion in the Bible, and as we read (its a shortened version from the full context), me and my friend began to notice some similarities....

Just read the lyrics for a minute. Notice the part about "Self-righteous suicide"?

self-right·eous (slfrchs)
adj.

1. Piously sure of one's own righteousness; moralistic.
2. Exhibiting pious self-assurance: self-righteous remarks.

From dictionary.com

So, it says there that whoever's being crucified is sure of their own righteousness in the cause of being killed. Well, Jesus knew he was being killed because he was the son of God and he must die for "our" sins. Well, I'm sure he'd consider his suicide self-righteous if he was dying to save millions/billions of people from hell. Wouldn't you?

Next thing to note is that while on the cross Jesus is offered vinegar (sometimes called sour wine, depending on the version of the bible or what source you use). He supposedly said "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?" or something to that effect. Check the lyrics.

Why have you forsaken me,
In your eyes forsaken me,
In your thoughts forsaken me,
In your heart forsaken, me oh,


Is that not just a modern text and deeply explained version of what is said?

Finally, he later says "It is finished; Father into Thy hands I commend my spirit" before dying. Check the lyrics again.

Father, Father, Father, Father,
Father/ Into your hands/I/commend my spirit,
Father, into your hands,


They both are offering up their spirit to their father and both use "into thy/your hands" and "commend". I see too many similarities here.

Now, another part I seem to see (though I'm not quite sure as its been a while since I've read the book), is the first section seems to describe Barabas on two lines.

Hide the scars to fade away the (shakeup)
Hide the scars to fade away the,


Barabas had a scar on his cheek (or was it his eye? I can't recall.) though its never said how he got it. But its said it was hard to notice because of his beard that he wore.

This section could also be referring to the fact that Jesus was whipped before he was placed on the cross and that they covered his scars with cloth once he was removed from the cross because the sights could cause them to be mentally "shaken up" by the sights.

So basically, my theory is that the lyrics of Chop Suey by System of a Down has to do with the crucifixion. Does anyone have anything to add to this? or does anyone have anything they disagree on?



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Sources
The Crucifixion of Jesus - I used this to get the quotes of Jesus' words because I left my book at school for the weekend. :P
Chop Suey Lyrics - To get the lyrics needed for the analysis.
Self-righteous definition - To be able to define it for proof/confirmation.


Last Edit: Jun 26, 2006 22:19:03 GMT by Chris

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great article chris... and i think theres more truth in this than meets the eye, well spotted as well i'm sure this would make an interesting essay if you wished to go deeper into it... should submit this to a music magazine or something?

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I could submit it to a music magazine, but first I'd need to quote my sources better and make it better organized. Like, show organization for each line and such. Tell what they all contribute.

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pwnage :P

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i agree, it is too coincidental. They must've written it based off of the crusification. Great artivle. :) :: rate 5 ::


Last Edit: Apr 9, 2006 21:50:59 GMT by andria

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Great article man,

That is something i would never of realised, i doubt. Well spotted, 'tis a good song too :P

~4renSick.



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fair doos u have good taste in music chris lol

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What? :P I couldn't understand you Yami.

Forensic, Andria: Thanks. :D

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Very perceptive, man. I'm quite impressed and intrigued by this article.

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