"Tentative" as written by Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian....
Who wants to come with me and melt in the sun?
Superstition taking all of us for a ride
Bombs overtaken by the signs of the light
The bombs are falling overhead with no sight
While you talking all detached, so tell us

Where you going,
To the bottom?
Do you hear us?
We are rotting

We're going down
In a spiral to the ground
No one, No one's gonna save us now

Ceremonies have killed religions for they provide
The masked comforts to delusional,
They're all in fright
The true believer's head was bathed in sunlight
While you are walking all detached, so tell us

Where you going,
To the bottom?
Do you hear us?
We are rotting

We're going down
In a spiral to the ground
No one, No one's gonna save us now

Not even God
No one saved us
No one's gonna save us

Where do you expect us to go when the bombs fall?

Where do you expect us to go when the bombs fall?

Where do you expect them to go when the bombs fall?

Where do you expect us to go when the bombs fall?

Superstition taking all of us for a ride
Mimes overtaken by the signs of the Right
The bombs are falling overhead with no sight
While you are talking all detached, detached, detached, detached, detached

We're going down
In a spiral to the ground
No one, No one's gonna save us now

Not even God
No one saved us
No one saved us
No one saved us
No one's gonna save us now

Where do you expect us to go when the bombs fall


Lyrics submitted by haiduc, edited by galenfe

"Tentative" as written by Serj Tankian Daron Malakian

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    General Comment"'Superstition taking all of us for a ride Mimes overtaken by the signs of
    the Right The bombs are falling overhead with no sight While you are
    talking all detached, detached, detached, detached, detached"

    I think the "superstition" and "the right" is our current adminstration that has "good morals" and how they tricked us into allowing them to drop bombs on other people(Iraq).

    We never ever had any bombs dropped on us so we are detached and completely unfamiliar with what bombing a country really means. Heck we still use cluster bombs. The closest thing we had to a bombing was 9-11 and we panicked incredibly with such suprise. When to people in Iraq and in bombed countries they understand really what bombing is.

    We only had a tiny taste of what it is from 9-11. Makes us look like a bunch of pansies when we panicked. Over 100,000 Iraqis are dead since we invaded. We are so not used to War that we are completely detached to what it actualyl means when our government decides to declare war and "bomb" another country.

    Also because we use jets to drop bombs the pilots have no idea waht kind of carnage they create. To them it's just video game really. They don't see the kids with missing limbs and shrapnel stuck in their faces. They don't see the pregnant women giving birth to dead children because fell down when the bombs hit.

    Our fucking media helps detach us even more from what bombing is by saying "we use smart bombs". I'm just giong to say that the massacred people labeled as "collateral damage" sure didn't blow themselves up.

    "Ceremonies have killed religions for they provide The masked comforts to
    delusionals, they're all in fright The true believer's head was bathed
    in sunlight While you are walking all detached, so tell us"

    I think he's sayign that our religion in this country has become so dillusional and gives us "masked comforts". It's a crock when you see these supposed "good christian" and "morally sound" corporate leaders and politicians praying.

    It's saying that we drop bombs on the true believers. The ones that trully believe that God or Allah etc are the ones that realize they aren't going to be saved by their god as the "morally right conservatives" rain firey death from above on them.

    Also the "Where do you expect us to go when the bombs fall?" is such powerful anti-war lyrics.
    dsgfsdgson December 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think this song is about the truth of corruption. We live in a world where no one is accepted for how they feel or what they believe in. Daron seems to be hinting on the fact that God is most likely sickened by the thought that we take other people's belief and, literally, attack them in physical ways. That's how wars start. It's all arguments with origin over beliefs of the unknown, and it's messed up in countless ways. War is a joke, and there's no point to it. Go ahead and say what you want, but it NEVER does anything to benefit society in any way. It just makes people develop more hatred towards one another, eventually leading to the inevitable outcome of war. Iraq never did anything to us, and yet we thrive on the fact that our society differs from them, and we therefore bomb them. Why?
    dvarn16on February 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHey haiduc and to the rest of the people, the correct lyrics are these:

    Superstition taking all of us for a ride Mimes overtaken by the signs of
    the Right The bombs are falling overhead with no sight While you are
    talking all detached, so tell us

    Where you going
    To the bottom
    Do you hear us
    We are rotting

    We're going down in a spiral to the ground No one, no one's gonna save
    us now

    Ceremonies have killed religions for they provide The masked comforts to
    delusionals, they're all in fright The true believer's head was bathed
    in sunlight While you are walking all detached, so tell us

    Where you going
    To the bottom
    Do you hear us
    We are rotting

    We're going down in a spiral to the ground No one, no one's gonna save
    us now Not even God, no one saved us No one's gonna save us

    Where do you expect us to go when the bombs fall?
    Where do you expect us to go when the bombs fall?
    Where do you expect them to go when the bombs fall?
    Where do you expect us to go when the bombs fall?

    Superstition taking all of us for a ride Mimes overtaken by the signs of
    the Right The bombs are falling overhead with no sight While you are
    talking all detached, detached, detached, detached, detached

    Going down, in a spiral to the ground
    No one, no one's gonna save us now
    Not even God, no one saved us, no one saved us No one saved us, no one's
    gonna save us now

    Where do you expect us to go when the bombs fall?

    As to the meaining of this song i still can't exactly say except that it sounds like we are doomed to being killed by bombs. One reason is that it say's" Where do you expect us to go WHEN the bombs fall" and " no one's gonna save us nowNot EVEN God".
    I like how It says "were going down in a spiral to the ground" because that what you would see looking down on a missile heading to the ground. It's only a matter of time before it hits the ground and explodes!
    Pepison December 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's from the point of view of a person we are at war against (probably in Iraq, but could be other wars). It's about the US coming in and bombing them and destroying their homes and how the people there can't do much about it.
    kmk_natashaon December 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah. i think that's a great interpretation! =] to quote for above ''Where do you expect us to go when the bombs fall''
    *~*SPIDERS*~*on December 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. It is horrifyingly beautiful. I agree with kmk_natasha that the song is about a group of people being air bombed with nowhere to go. It is quite the nightmare.

    The question of God from the perspective of the bomb victim is most interesting. The detachment of the bomber shows the casual attitude that people here discuss bombings. An excellent and very insightful song.

    "Where do you expect us to go when the bombs fall?" That is the best lyric I have heard in a war protest song ever.
    rhavinon December 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah I agree, but to be honest i think the bombing of pearl harbor was way worse than 9-11, so i think the U.S has had a taste of a bombing, but that dosen't even come close to the bombing of Japan.
    Pepison December 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah I agree, but to be honest i think the bombing of pearl harbor was way worse than 9-11, so i think the U.S has had a taste of a bombing, but that dosen't even come close to the bombing of Japan.
    Pepison December 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyea i think the song is by system's POV. its sayin by goin to war, were not gunna win, were only pissin terrorists off more and its sayin, so when the terrorists r sick of it and they come after us, where do u expect us to go when the bombs fall? because think about it, if ur city started getting bombed what would be the first thing on ur mind other than HOLY HELL! mine would be, where in the hell am i supposed to go?
    HCCougars025on December 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAs far as point of view, both Tentative and Attack seem to be System placing themselves in the point of view and position of those who they are singing about. In Attack, it's as if System is placing themselves in the seats of those who choose to start wars ("We attack!") And in Tentative, you hear "Where do you expect US to go when the bombs fall?" Someone said it's as if the band is placing themselves in the spot of people in a country the USA is bombing, and that is definitely what I see too.

    Honestly, such a simple question could never be answered by those who start these wars: Where do you expect them to go when the bombs fall? ...Where?
    TheSOADGirlon December 22, 2005   Link

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