"Forest" as written by Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan....
Walk with me my little child,
To the forest of denial,
Speak with me my only mind,
Walk with me until the time,
And make the forest turn to wine,
You take the legend for a fall,
You saw the product,

Why can't you see that you are my child,
Why don't you know that you are my mind,
Tell everyone in the world, that I'm you,
Take this promise to the end of you.

Walk with me my little friend,
Take this promise to the end,
Speak with me my only mind,
Walk with me until the end,
And make the forest turn to sand,
You take the legend for a fall,
You saw the product,

Why can't you see that you are my child,
Why don't you know that you are my mind,
Tell everyone in the world, that I'm you,
Take this promise to the end of you.

Take this promise for a ride,
You saw the forest, now come inside,
You took the legend for its fall,
You saw the product of it all,
No televisions in the air,
No circumcisions on the chair,
You made the weapons for us all,
Just look at us now,

Why can't you see that you are my child,
Why don't you know that you are my mind,
Tell everyone in the world, that I'm you,
Take this promise to the end of you.


Lyrics submitted by F4RiD

"Forest" as written by Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian, Shavo Odadjian, John Dolmayan

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind


Forest song meanings
Add your thoughts

199 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentI think it says that our minds have the capacity to do a lot of good things but also bad things, "you made the weapons for us all" means that we made the weapons and we are not taking the responsability to use them correctly; for self protection. And the "just look at us now" is telling that we have turned out wrong.
    claudinaon December 14, 2001   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think in this song the speaker is the actual religion of Judaism and it’s speaking to Christianity and Islam. It’s stating that both of those religions are simply different time/cultural interpretations of the same concept. Unfortunately ethnocentrism is so strong that they all hate each other for thinking differently. SOAD sees this and is basically telling them to all calm down and quit trippin’. It’s the same damn thing so quit hating each other. Quit fighting each other. “You took the legend for its fall, you saw the product of it all” is pointing out that after all these hundreds of years these three different monotheistic sects are trying to claim the same God, and with him his legends, and look how it turned out in the end…violencenad hate Now that we see that it didn’t work it’s time for us all to accept and respect all different religions because we’re all reaching the same “promise to the end.”
    bigjonon June 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaybe i'm crazy, but I think the song is about an interaction with God trying to explain to Christ that he is not just a man, but that he was created in his image.

    the chorus
    the reference to miracles (turn to wine, sand)
    tell everone that I'm you (created in image)
    take this promise to the end of you ( even if the truth kills you)
    waxxytwoon January 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it means that the world is screwed up. The only place we will be happy is in denial. That is where everyone is at the moment with the state of the world.
    I think that maybe the line 'Tell everyone in the world, that I'm you, ' is saying that we are all the same, and that we all have to come to terms with what we are doing to the world hence verse three..i think he is saying thast look where the denial gets us, we create the weapons, we destroy the earth, and yet we don't want to take the blame...but i don't no if thats rite..just my view.
    dilweed83on January 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song reminds me of the novel, THE SCARLET LETTER. In such a case, where the child called to the forest which is the main characters daughter, and in come cases her own flesh and damned future. The forest which is an actual forest means so much more than a few trees and shade. It symbolizes the comfort of freedom from labels and tortures of society. It is however presumed to be evil by all who do not understand it, there-in to be lef to the "forest" some would call it "temptation".....
    LyingEyeson March 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHere's what Serj and Hohn had to say about this song, to Kerrang! magazine:

    Serj: Erm, how can I put this? You know how a paedophile looks at a young boy? Well, the way that a paedophile looks at a young child is the way that...someone is looking at their own mind.

    John: Er...I don't know what that meant.

    Serj: People can define it for themselves.

    Puts a new perspective on the song for you? Definitely does for me. The lines 'Why can't you see that you are my child' and 'walk with me my little child/to the forest of denial' take on quite some added signifance, non? Add the ideas of the little boy smiling and it'll all be well and Johnny being a sweet little boy (I will always want you) and it seems there is another agenda behind System's fine tunes!

    Just a thought...
    Fishcakefishon March 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always figured that this song was about the Arabic countries turning against America and even the Islamic countries have circumcisions just at a different time in a boy's life but we have made them into our child and now they have television in their airwaves, the denial bit is our denial that they were our product and they deny that we made them. the forest of eden was supposed to be in that area as well, or it could be the over use of forests turning them into products like "wine" for instance but then the end result is a desert turning the forest to sand.
    Ronin Dudeon September 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its about uncovering something about his childhood that was he was denying, and is now just coming to terms with it.. not sure though, it doesn't seem to explain the full song.
    axenicon December 07, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti would agree with axenic if it wasnt for the line that says "you made the weapons for us all, just look at us now". so that makes me think that he is using symbolism in this song when he talks about the child. the child being a country..like america and we make the weapons for all the other countries and then they go and turn against us like 9-11-01. system of a down is a very pollictical band if you havent noticed in any of their other songs...but then when u look at the other words of the song they have nothing to do with anything i just said...i'm thinking the child is an idea of some pollictal value.
    clumsiest1on December 13, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree
    rambamslamon January 05, 2002   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain