"Old School Hollywood" as written by Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian....
Old school
Hollywood
Baseball
Old school Hollywood, Baseball

Tony Danza cuts in line
Old school Hollywood, washed up Hollywood
Standing in the sun I'm wasting my time
Old school Hollywood, washed up Hollywood

Old school Hollywood, baseball
Jack Gilardi's ten feet tall
Old school Hollywood, baseball
Me and Frankie Avalon

Old school Hollywood, washed up Hollywood
Old school Hollywood, washed up Hollywood

Hey man, don't you touch my belt
Old school Hollywood, washed up Hollywood
Standing in the sun I'm about to melt
Old school Hollywood, washed up Hollywood

Old school Hollywood, baseball
Jack Gilardi's ten feet tall
Old school Hollywood, baseball
Me and Frankie Avalon

Old school Hollywood, washed up Hollywood
Old school Hollywood, washed up Hollywood

Old school Hollywood, baseball
Old school Hollywood, baseball
Old school Hollywood, baseball
Old school Hollywood, baseball
Old school Hollywood, baseball
Old school Hollywood, baseball

Old school Hollywood, baseball
Jack Gilardi's ten feet tall
Old school Hollywood, baseball
Me and Frankie Avalon

Old school Hollywood, washed up Hollywood
Old school Hollywood, washed up Hollywood
Old school Hollywood, washed up Hollywood
Old school Hollywood, washed up Hollywood


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"Old School Hollywood" as written by Serj Tankian Daron Malakian

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    General CommentOkay, maybe this song is about Daron's experiences, but I read into it a different way:

    Old school... Hollywood... Baseball...
    OLD SCHOOL HOLLYWOOD BASEBALL!
    -from the kid who wants to get famous view, it's really all a game, going to Hollywood, getting rich... like how Baseball's a game

    Tony Danza cuts in line
    (Old school Hollywood,
    Washed up Hollywood)
    -it must be easy and fast tog get into Hollywood (cuts in line, so he got there faster)

    Standing in the sun
    I'm wasting my time
    (Old school Hollywood,
    Washed up Hollywood)
    -you're wasting your time going to Hollywood to get famous, because you'll just end up like most everyone else who goes there... working in a music store. (as Daron Malakian put it)

    Old school Hollywood baseball
    Jack Gilardi's ten feet tall
    -people go to hollywood and get famous (at least that's how the media portrays it)

    Old school Hollywood baseball
    Me and Frankie Avalon
    -people who go to Hollywood will be right up there with the greatest celebrities ever

    Standing in the sun
    I'm about to melt
    (Old school Hollywood,
    Washed up Hollywood)
    -you'll only fall apart if you go to Hollywood, because almost no one makes it.

    I have no clue what they mean by "Hey man don't you touch my belt," so I didn't include that.

    Anyway, that's just one way of looking at it... the way I look at it!
    lucky_guess_roxon August 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGilardi is an old school Hollywood talent agent to a bunch of has-been stars and he created the Hollywood All-Stars charity baseball game at Dodger Stadium that Daron refers to in the song. thats probably why u cant find him on google. and your right about frankie avalon. check out the movie "stoned age" they keep visiting his house.he was a teen idol that did a dance show or something.
    bassmastaon May 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI never liekd system until i herd this song!
    ian1988on May 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI hate people that assume just because it's an SOAD song it has a deeper meaning. Daron said it's about a celebrity baseball game he went to, hence all the celebrity names, Tony Danza, Frankie Avalon. It has no deep meaning, it's simply about Old School Hollywood Baseball.
    Shatteringon July 21, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI just watched a DVD extra on System of a Downs concert DVD for Hypnotize and Mesmerize and he says that the song is very simple. Daron was invited to a celebrity baseball game with washed up celebs hosted by Jack Gilardi. He remarked that Tony Danza was kind of an asshole who would do things like cut in line. He said he had no deeper meaning whilst writing these lyrics.
    nikhil8387on November 17, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song and great new sound for system of a down its interesting
    fiddyknowsitbeston May 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove the synth at the start, as the above said, great new style. Think its about a sureal experience at a baseball game or something!
    VodkaLixon May 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Old school Hollywood baseball
    Jack Gelardi's ten feet tall
    Old school Hollywood baseball
    Me and Frankie Avalon"

    Jack Gelardi turns up NOTHING on google or wikipedia, but Frankie Avalon was a "teen idol" in the 50's as well as a film actor and singer.

    Now, what the hell does that have to do with this song?
    haiducon May 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentheres the link to the info foundrymusic.com/bands/displayheadline.cfm/id/3258/div/bands/headline/…

    i rippped this off worstfilms1 on the sonymusic forum
    bassmastaon May 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics are pretty straightforward and short (like radio/video) but I still don't understand what it means.
    DAcraZarmAdilloZon May 16, 2005   Link

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