"Roulette" as written by Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan....
I have a problem that I can not explain
I have no reason why it should have been so plain
Have no questions but I sure have excuse
I lack the reason why I should be so confused

I know how I feel when I'm around you
I don't know
How I feel when I'm around you, around you

Left a message but it ain't a bit of use
I have some pictures but one might be the duce
Today you saw, you saw me you explained
Playin' the show when runnin' down the plain

I know how I feel when I'm around you
I don't know
How I feel when I'm around you

I, I know how I feel when I'm around you
I don't know
How I feel when I'm around you, around you

I, I know how I feel when I'm around you
I don't know
How I feel when I'm around you

I, I know how I feel when I'm around you
I don't know
How I feel when I'm around you, around you

Around you
Around you
Around you


Lyrics submitted by ruben

"Roulette" as written by Daron V Malakian Serj Tankian

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  • +8
    General CommentThe song is obviously about feelings based on a strained relationship.The speaker of the song is saying that they do and do not know how they feel around the unnamed other person. this reciprocity shows that though they know they have deep feelings for the person, those feelings a too complicated to identify fully. The song is beautiful, but tragic, in that the speaker wants to explore their relationship with the other person, but does not seem to be able to openly confront them
    LoGFan92on August 13, 2010   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationI think I can put a whole new meaning to the song...


    I have a problem that I can not explain
    I have no reason why it should've been so plain
    ("I" have met someone, that "I" thinks he's in love with. but when it mattered it was all plain because of the excitement of just being with the person without being intimate... but there could have happen so much more)
    I have no questions but I sure have excuse
    I lack the reason why I should be so confused
    ("I" wanted to do something but "I" doesn't have the guts because of the fear of the consequences. And in the end it was so obvious what "I" should have done to the person, and in the presence he was confused about what the person really intended)
    I know, how I feel when I'm around you
    I don't know, how I feel when I'm around you
    ("I" begins to feel, "I" knows what "I" is feeling, but thinks about the signs "I" had from the other person)
    Around You...

    Left a message, but it ain't a bit of use
    ("I" wrote the person but doesn't get an answer.)
    I have some pictures but what might be the deuce
    ("I" is getting an idea of what the signs I got and begins to think it is "I"s own failure)
    Today you saw, you saw me, you explained
    (The person explained)
    playing the show when running down the plane
    (While playing with the feelings of "I")
    I know, how I feel when I'm around you
    I don't know, how I feel when I'm around you
    I, I know, how I feel when I'm around you
    I, don't know, how I feel when I'm around you
    ("I" still doesn't know what to think or what to feel)
    Around you...

    I, I know, how I feel when I'm around you
    I, don't know, how I feel when I'm around you
    I, I know, how I feel when I'm around you
    I, don't know, how I feel when I'm around you...

    Around you...
    Around you...
    Around you...
    Around you..
    Dalleriuson January 13, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is from the perspective of a man who thinks he may be in love with this woman, but she makes him unsure that she loves him, and he begins to doubt his feelings.

    I have a problem that I can not explain
    I have no reason why it should've been so plain
    (The one thing he couldn't handle was love.)
    I have no questions but I sure have excuse
    I lack the reason why I should be so confused
    (He doesn't know why he should be confused, he's sure he loves her now.)
    I know, how I feel when I'm around you
    I don't know, how I feel when I'm around you
    (He begins to doubt)
    Around You...

    Left a message, but it ain't a bit of use
    (She won't call him.)
    I have some pictures but what might be the deuce
    (Sounds kinda stalkerish...or he's "getting the next best thing" to actually being with her.)
    Today you saw, you saw me, you explained
    (She told him why she didn't call?)
    playing the show when running down the plane
    (@_@ no. idea.)
    I know, how I feel when I'm around you
    I don't know, how I feel when I'm around you
    I, I know, how I feel when I'm around you
    I, don't know, how I feel when I'm around you
    (He loves her but doesn't want to be hurt.)
    Around you...

    I, I know, how I feel when I'm around you
    I, don't know, how I feel when I'm around you
    I, I know, how I feel when I'm around you
    I, don't know, how I feel when I'm around you...

    Around you...
    Around you...
    Around you...
    Around you..
    life_as_lucidon January 28, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentserj once said that all the songs written are not meant to be taken in one specific way. all system songs can be interpreted any way by who ever the person is and what they are going through/feeling at the time. so all these songs are what ever you want them to be:) i personally love this song and its exactly waht im going through right now. like "cut_and_bleeding" said -
    "It's simple.You meet someone.You like them.Thne you don't.Then you like them again.And then you don't.Then you're falling in love and you don't want to.I know.."

    for me this is waht the song means right now.
    xquuizziton September 18, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOk, so, like, I'm an old guy (51), so somebody needs to explain to me why I'm listening to SOAD anyway, but....

    If you read up on the history of Armenia, it will shed a lot of light on SOAD's lyrics for you.

    With all the warring that has gone on in that area, using Armenia as basically target practice, much of the mystery of SOAD's lyrics is easily explained. Read the Wiki on it, and then let's discuss what "I know how I feel / I don't know how I feel" means.

    Oh, and Daron absolutely rocks! Check out his work on the Scars stuff.
    roadkillAZon April 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the song is about love,the confusion of love,and the insanity and depression longing for someone can cause. I think the titile is maybe the deepest part of the song,and thats saying alot considering how much it says in so few words. The amazing thing is that probobly half of the song's meaning comes from it's tune and the overall musical mood.
    darthfodderon September 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the chili pepper feel of this song...great song showing system isnt just about heavy music or politics
    harper83087on January 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits "the wild might be the deuce" and "today you called,"
    QuEeFeRon June 24, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes you are right. I realized this after I submitted the song. I got it from a bad site.
    Poopish_stainon June 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWait, you are right about "the wild might be the deuce", but the "today you called" is not correct.
    Poopish_stainon June 25, 2003   Link

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