"Ego Brain" as written by Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian, Shavo Odajian and John Dolmayan....
Life is but a dream
Drifting on a stream
A stream
Consciously it seems
All of what remains

Ego brain
Man made shame
Shame love after it rains

You see my pain is real
Watch my world dissolve
And pretend that none of us see the fall
As I turn to sand
You took me by the hand
And declared, that love prevails over all

I am just a man
Fighting other men
For land, for land
While I turn to sand
In Spite of the pain

Ego brain
Man made shame
Shame love after it rains

You see my pain is real
Watch my world dissolve
And pretend that none of us see the fall
As I turn to sand
You took me by the hand
And declared, that love prevails over all

All of what remains

Ego brain
Man made shame
Shame love after it rains

You see my pain is real
Watch my world dissolve
And pretend that none of us see the fall
As I turn to sand
You took me by the hand
And declared, that love prevails over all
(Love after it rains)


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"Ego Brain" as written by Shavo Odajian Daron Malakian

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    General Commentthis song is about a ego driven man who finds out that all he beleaves in is wrong
    wang_mayo_bakeron May 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI dont understand most of the song but one of the verses stuck out to me and I will interpret as best as I can and you tell me what you think.

    I am just a man
    Fighting other man for land, for land
    while I turn to sand
    In spite of the pain

    He is a man fighting for what he believes is right.He is just voicing his opinion.He is arguiing with other people who dont see things the way he does.So he turns into sand,which means everyone steps all over him and doesnt care what he has to say.They are unaware of his pain and they continue to step all over him.
    GreenEyedLatinoHeaton May 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about some guy who finally figures out he has been manipulated for the past part of his life.He figures out that all his efforts were wasted. He was just trying to be like everybody else, but happened to lose a lot on this attempt
    Angryllamaon October 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIn my opinion, the song tells the bitter story of a man who dies in shame due to the egotistical state of his mind.

    At the very beginning of the song, Serj says that life is merely a dream and that our material presence is insignificant. What is significant is one's mind. When one's mind is tainted by egotism (ego brain) then one's death shall be in shame.

    The character has fought for land, and as he dies, a woman attempts to purify his egotism by professing that love pevails over all. Will he accept this and be pure, or remain egotistical and die in shame?
    P.L.U.C.K.on January 29, 2005   Link
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    My Interpretation(Note: This is what I think in general)
    This song is about an Egotistical man. For most of his life he wanted people to see him as a higher class man, but greed got to the most of him. His lover ended up dying because of his selfish reasons.

    'I am just a fool, searching for a stool, just a stool, trying to look real cool, now I'm just a man, fighting other men'
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    I think that means the man is reflecting on himself, noting that he always wanted to look cool and didn't bother to really worry about emotional or problems that were happening by his significant other. 'now I'm just a man, fighting other men' can have 2 different meanings to it, since I couldn't decide which was more logical.
    1. The man joined the Army out of guilt, after his lover died.
    2. The man went on an outrage after his lover died, but still was highly self-confident so blamed the people around him; Resulting in m
    ass murder (I assumed this since System sung mostly about war and genocide.)

    'You see my pain is real, watch my world dissolve, and pretend that none of us see the fall'
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    This can tie with either of my previous ideal meaning of the last lyrics, so I'll divide it into Two again.
    1. After his lover dies he's obviously in pain, causing him to join the Army off of pure guilt, knowing that he can die in the Army makes him self assured that this is his plan (Since he wants to stay loyal with the lover). At the army his world dissolves; He no longer wants to be Egotistical, making that self confidence crumble, His lover is gone so he has nothing to rely or depend on. After this man becomes aware of things beside himself he sees that our Politics are falling causing unwanted deaths, his eyes opened by experiences of war. This also ties with being Egotistical; That this world doesn't realize what is happening besides what is happening in their life.
    2. After the lover's death his pain is obviously real, besides what he previously believed that Physical pain was worse than Emotional. His world crumbles apart after he realizes that the death of his lover might be his fault, but he doesn't want to believe this so he blames everyone who didn't tell him to stop being self confident. This last lyric piece can be divided into semi-categories. 1- Since he believes it's everyone else's faults he believes that the world is falling and that everyone realizes it is; making him go insane that people wont change it. He blames everyone else and he thinks that if he kills then people will get the memo that our generation is learning the wrong things about violence (Pretty much over saturation; making it seem as if it's not that serious). So he filled with hatred and decided to commit mass murder.
    2- He thinks the world is falling because if he would have went crazy over the death of a loved one, that everyone would do the same. This gives him the idealism that if he kills a majority of people then their hatred would leak out too since people are dying (Since he believed that everyone had the same type of problem). So if he commits mass murder it will cleanse the earth of hate crimes.

    'As I turn to sand, you took me by the hand, and declared, that love prevails over all'
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    This lyric is also divided into 2 things! Oh god...
    1. This is when the lover dies. The man is becoming more aware, his self-esteem is turning to sand as he realizes what he's done. But the lover is loyal to their last breath, taking him by the hand and saying that their love over powered his Ego (Since he was still in-love with her).
    2. This is where the man dies. He ended up getting fatally wounded during war, and is visited by the ghost of his lover came to assure him that he died in honor. She took him by the hand and told him that his love overpowered his egotistical ways, while he died (AKA turns to sand).

    'All of what remains, ego brain, shame, love after it rains'
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    THIS GOES BOTH WAYS ASWELL!
    1. This happens RIGHT after his lover's death. He took all of what hadn't been destroyed by his emotional breakdown to power off his egotistical side, even though he was overwhelmed with shame, guilt, and regret. (This last piece is divided into semi-categories) 1- After it rains means/symbolizes his egotistical brain (The sand), His regrets (The rain). The egotistical part of his brain is melted by his regrets. 2- This means his lover died in the rain?
    2. After his lover died, a part of him died as well. He felt shame as he had only realized how much he loved himself as to her, and how he felt guilt that he just now knew after the rain (After she passed away).. So he still loved her after she died resulting in him either going to war, or committing mass murder.

    THE REST OF THE SONG IS SELF EXPLANATORY! THANK YOU FOR READING SUCH A LONG FUCKING INTERPERATATION!
    unknown117on February 23, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI don't Know what to think about this song.
    Lloyd-Giovanni666on May 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentawesome song. dont kno why no one else has posted on it. sounds like drugs, but it;s prolly not knowin SOAD
    Señor Pluckon May 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think ''i am just a man fighting other man for land while i turn to sand'' is all about war. Where do the bodies of the dead soldiers go after they die? They sometimes get buried and therefore turn to sand... There is a minor mistake in the lyrics, instead of:

    Ego brain
    That makes shame, shame love after it rains

    Its:
    Ego Brain
    Man-made shame.

    War is nothing but egocentric. It is created from fear... fear of loss of money, power, obsession. The system teaches us that we are nothing without money. I think the first verse is a very important teaching

    Life is but a dream
    Drifting on a stream, a stream
    Consciously it seems

    The many minds that are dominated by the system, believe that life is real. But what is reality and how can we tell real from fake? If anybody has deeply analysed 'The Matrix' then they might understand what im talking about.
    The verse:

    You see my pain is real
    Watch my world dissolve
    and pretend that none of us see the fall

    could possibly be about the pain created once an individual realises the fabrication of the world. Pretending that "none of us see the fall" is about the way people live their lives pretending to know what life is all about. I dont know the purpose of our existence and i honestly dont know what keeps my alive but im probably just insane. Oh and one more thing, if serj believes life is a dream, then when are we awake? When we die?....hmmm....interesting.
    SOADdicton June 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentParts of this song sound like he is describing 'ego-death';

    You see my pain is real
    Watch my world dissolve
    and pretend that none of us see the fall
    As I turn to sand
    you took me by the hand
    and declared that love prevails over all

    Once you understand ego-death you'll see that only love matters nothing else.
    Xylem_16on June 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, it reminds me of when I was being led on by this guy, when I realised what an idiot i was being, i sent him the lyrics to this song and he felt like shit.

    'As I turned to sand, you took me by the hand,
    and declared, that love prevails over all'.

    Beautiful song.
    theladysopalon October 21, 2004   Link

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