I have enjoyed reading others interpretations of this song. Here is mine. The song is powerful both in music and lyric. It is about how we seek truth but are not willing to commit to...
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 want to play
Always want to go
But you never want to stay

And we are the ones that want to choose
Always want to play
But you never want to 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 want to play
Always want to go
But you never want to stay

And we are the ones that want to choose
Always want to play
But you never want to 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


Lyrics submitted by F4RiD

"Aerials" as written by Shavo Odadjian Daron Malakian

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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  • +14
    General CommentI've always heard the lyrics as more of a warning about closemindedness
    "Aerials, in the sky,
    When you lose small mind,
    You free your life.
    Aerials, so up high,
    When you free your eyes,
    Eternal prize. "
    these lines here - these seem to be the pivitol lines, its about freeing your mind, opening "your third eye" if you will (Tool reference there for anyone keeping score ;-) ).
    I suppose it could also be about drugs - and using them to truely see the world for how it is.
    suicide_alon February 13, 2002   Link
  • +7
    General CommentAt the PoA tour Daron (Guitarist) said that this is about the stupidity of the world. They fucking rocked this song live too.
    ComaKonaon November 26, 2001   Link
  • +7
    General CommentThis song has an effect, and emphasis, on life. It seems to speak about the cruelty, unfairness, and selfishness not only of life but of the human mind. Very cool. My favorite SOAD song.
    SolarSky329on February 08, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Commentits certianly about life in that sense, i think the 'one in the river and one again after the fall' is a reference to the after life. just opening up your mind, breaking down the walls you've put up, 'lose the small mind' and gain happyness in life.
    axenicon December 07, 2001   Link
  • +4
    General Commentto me it's about spiritual enlightenment.

    life as a waterfall.
    The holistic nature of the world. The oneness.

    Swimming thru the void we hear the word.
    the first part speaking of meditation. "hearing the word" refers to what a lot of religions consider divine revelation. Thru meditation you hear an 'audible' source, which is the word which guides you to enlightenment. (pretty eastern)

    We lose ourselves but we find it all?
    we lose our egocentric selfish nature, and unable to put what was gained it into words, 'we find it all' is almost asked as a question.

    we are the ones..
    shows egocentric and prideful nature of 'normal' people.

    Aerials could be OBE(out of body experiences) if considered at face value, or just the accent to enlightenment, The loss of the closed mind and 'eternal prize'.
    xmod2on April 05, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIn the words of Daron, "THIS IS A SONG ABOUT NOTHING."

    <3
    monalisasmiles4youon October 11, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis 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.
    ROCKER094on June 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentshavo said that the song is about a boy in a weel chair looking at acrobats in the sky and knowing he can never do them, relising the world is unfair
    zero36on January 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the best song on Toxicity. Plain and simple. The lyrics, and the music to support it is just mind boggeling.
    THis band ROCKS
    Listen and Feel.
    Music is the most important thing in life.
    mo0stahon February 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLife is a waterfall, in come a system, and dum come the rest oftha allll.
    To rise above, Elevation. To transcend beyond material. To see above the river, to not reach the fall. You selfish, heartless, ignorant, media-oriented shits!
    Tankoon March 02, 2002   Link

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