"X" as written by Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan....
Tell the people,
Tell the people that arrive,
Tell the people,
Tell the people that arrive,
We don't need to multiply,
We don't need to multiply,
We don't need to multiply,
We don't need to multiply,
Die!

Show your people,
Show your people how we died,
Show your people,
Show your people how we died,
We don't need to nullify,
We don't need to nullify,
We don't need to nullify,
We don't need to nullify,
No need to nullify,
No need to nullify,
No need to nullify,
We don't need to nullify,
Die!

We don't need to,
We don't need to,
We don't need to,
We don't need to,
Ask your people,
Ask your people what is right,
Ask your people,
Ask your people what is right,
We don't need to multiply,
We don't need to multiply,
We don't need to multiply,
We don't need to multiply,
No need to multiply,
No need to multiply,
No need to multiply,

We don't need to multiply!


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"X" as written by Shavo Odadjian Daron Malakian

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    General CommentThis song is so powerful in so many ways. Its awesome
    Tbone912on December 14, 2001   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't understand why people always deliberate about what the meaning of songs mean. Naturally, they all have meaning to the people who wrote the lyrics and naturally, they will have a different meaning to everyone who hears them. Stop and think before you type things trying to insult people. Just let the song have its own meaning within you and stop arguing with each other about the literal meaning.
    Listen and feel.
    mo0stahon January 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song, is most probably about over-population.
    "Tell the people that arrive,", the new arrivals to the world, the new generation.

    "We don't need to multiply", the human race cannot cope as it is with the population the highest it has been ever, Serj even says in an interview, the two graphs going in opposite directions - the oil and resources running out, and the population growing too much.

    "Show your people how we died", this could be Serj pointing out the fact that even though the population is growing so much, and the world cannot cope with the current population, he's saying that 'we at the current moment cannot feed everyone on the planet, so why increase the population and have 5 kids?' that kind of thing.

    "We don't need to nullfiy/No need to nullify" could be pointed at different things, for instance contraception pills or condoms, as these nullify the effects of sex, Serj must mean that people need to avoid depending on sex for enjoyment, as forms of contraception still aren't effective, and STD's are also growing fast.
    It could also be that we don't need to work harder to slow down the effects of global warming, as it is better to have an equal population, instead of a strongly growing one.

    "Ask your people what is right", most people realise that the population of the world is growing too fast.





    sandihumeon April 13, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationIn my opinion, the message of the song is simply that humanity needs to decrease birth rates ("we don't need to multiply") while not going extinct ("we don't need to nullify"). This is a rational antinatalistic concern considering all the issues of overpopulation.
    Sushimitzuon November 22, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationIn my thoughts, I feel like this song is about the "Armenian Genocide" and how it is still not known to a lot of people. As System of a Down are Armenian Genocide activists (Serj Especially), and also the fact that I, myself, had never heard of the Armenian Genocide before I listened to System of a Down, It wouldn't surprise me that this is at least something to do with the genocide. Hence, "Ask your people what is right", asking the civilians of Ottoman is what they're doing is right, but before these lyrics, it reads, "Show your people how we died", show the people of Ottoman HOW they (They, being the Armenians) died, then ask them if this is right.

    Or

    My second interpretation, is that they are talking to the people of the future, as the world is becoming overpopulated, hence "We don't need to multiply", I won't go into detail, as there are numerous other comments talking about this point.
    Mopsyon May 19, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti guess its about a guy who is just confused
    rambamslamon January 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey jerk rambamslam...how do you know that the brother is what it is about...a little validity wouldn't help. i'm not too likely to trust your meaning when you say, "that was when the brother probably..." or, "this could mean..." whatever...
    -one of those little fuckers who still have no clue what the song means
    krystalon January 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot to mention it's 'hide the scars to fade away..' As in covering up to hide memories...
    ThreeMilesDownon January 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit's about oppressive government. this song is actually really simple, unless i'm missing another underlying layer of symbolism, which i probably am.
    but it has to be about revolution under corrupt governments. i mean... just listen to it. christ...
    aominuxon January 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah it's about a government that regulates everything, even population control, like they do in Japan. They aren't necessarily talking about the Japanese government, I think that they are talking about a government that could be.
    Wangon January 17, 2002   Link

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