"Vicinity of Obscenity" as written by Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian....
Liar!
Liar!

Banana banana banana terracotta banana terracotta terracotta pie
Banana banana banana terracotta banana terracotta terracotta pie

Is there a perfect way of holding you baby?
Vicinity of obscenity in your eyes
Terracotta terracotta terracotta pie
Is there a perfect way of holding you baby?
Vicinity of obscenity in your eyes
Terracotta pie
Hey
Terracotta pie
Hey
Terracotta pie
Hey
Terracotta pie
Hey

Banana banana banana banana terracotta banana terracotta terracotta pie
Banana banana banana banana terracotta banana terracotta terracotta pie

Do we all
Learn defeat
From the whores
With bad feet?

Beat the meat (Beat the meat)
Treat the feet
To the sweet
Milky seat

Banana banana banana terracotta banana terracotta terracotta pie
Banana banana banana terracotta banana terracotta terracotta pie

Is there a perfect way of holding you baby?
Vicinity of obscenity in your eyes
Terracotta pie
Hey
Terracotta pie
Hey
Terracotta pie
Hey
Terracotta pie

Banana banana banana banana terracotta banana terracotta terracotta pie
Banana banana banana banana terracotta banana terracotta terracotta pie

Do we all
Learn defeat
From the whores
With bad feet?

Beat the meat
Treat the feet
To the sweet
Milky seat

Liar!
Liar!
Liar!
Liar!

Banana banana banana banana terracotta banana terracotta terracotta pie
Banana banana banana banana terracotta banana terracotta terracotta pie
Banana banana banana banana terracotta banana terracotta terracotta pie
Banana banana banana banana terracotta banana terracotta terracotta pie
Banana banana banana banana terracotta banana terracotta terracotta pie
Banana banana banana banana terracotta banana terracotta terracotta pie


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"Vicinity of Obscenity" as written by Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian

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  • +5
    General CommentWHAT THE FUCK.
    MeAndOnlyMeon December 04, 2005   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI visit forums for lyrics now and then and some of the interpretations of this song are really bad. You think System of a Down would waste their time singing about whores who got their feet stepped on in an orgy? WOW. K here it goes.

    This song is talking about how small the "Vicinity of Obscenity" is. They even speak through the guitars on this one. The men of this country are designed since birth to have certain views on women. Wether its finding a dirty mag on the playground as a kid, or Paris Hilton trying to sell you a sex-burger during a teletubbies commercial. No matter where you look, obscenity is "IN YOUR EYE." It's unavoidable and in your face, just like the guitar and vocal styles when they scream "banana banana terra cotta.... etc." The food references are symbolizing genitals. (Banana = dick, pie = pussy) Basically, it's right there, hard core, in your face, no matter where you look. Turn on the radio, and you're forced to listen to the ignorance and sexual deviancy of our nation. Flip on the television and you've got a pro-whore washing a car for a fucking CARL'S JR AD! It makes me wanna scream my damn self. "Is there a proper way of holding you, baby?" = Who knows, we are only taught to view women as objects. Which, is another variable in the "Matrix" known as American Society. "Do we learn [self] defeat from whores?" Yes... we do.

    Does that require lovin' you, baby?

    Their track "Violent Pornography" is the sister to this song. It's just more in depth, and attacks television as a main source of distributing this bullshit. Violent pornography is a new trend, especially in Internet porn. There are multiple web sites dedicated to it, and if you actually watch this material you can see how misguided, drugged-up, lied to, and manipulated the "actresses" really are. I know a guy who will watch MTV and holler at women while his 8 year-old is in the room. It delivers the same affect to the opposite gender; a false view of women. Guess what guys, girls don't worship your cock, or any cock. But that is what you see in porn, it's all a system. It's all variables in a matrix. Propaganda to Mesmerize, lies to hypnotize ...it's been going on since the dawn of time... The people who run this country TODAY, are the same people who ran it 200 years ago, the same people who ran Egypt 4000 years ago. Every day they get closer to pulling the wool over your eyes and mine. "It's a non-stop disco."

    Organized religion [Christianity is not a religion], our food supply, the force feeding of entertainment (in a restaurant - play music, in an office - feed em' magazines, in your house blare the TV, fill the mailbox with crap; fill your mind with crap), it's all intended to prevent you from having a relationship with God, and knowing the truth; that your life has a purpose above obtaining material goods. That there is a force out there with the intention of controlling your mind. Making you into a brick that helps support a very big wall for them to sit upon. Go back and watch "The Matrix", try to soak in what the writers are actually trying to say about our world. (Please don't send me emails, no, I don't think machines are growing us.) With the space that is in your backyard, one man can grow enough food to feed 24 people on a steady basis. So why would you work 40 hours at McDonalds to earn a paycheck that barely enables you to feed yourself poisoned food? Identify the serpent, cut off it's head, and "eat em' eat em' eat em' eat em' eat em'."

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    goliath777on December 25, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's like they decided to do their own version of Badger badger, only better
    random_monkeyon December 05, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAlright, this song is really easy once you realize that Bannana=Penis, and Terracotta Pie=Vagina. This song does make lots of sense, you just have to look what the words symbolize
    Shit Strollon December 06, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit's code names for cia opperations, thrown into a song. the opperations involve the cia's manipulations in the heroin trade, thats alluded to by the milky seed references. thinly disguised as flagrant sexuality, it describes the poppy crop and it's preparation to produce heroin. i think the song is a good f off to the current state of politics in america.
    terreiedon December 19, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe facts:

    1. There's no meaningless song made by SOAD
    2. Whole SOAD project is about bad system, about liars, about masonry, about killing innocent people and every other aspect of elite acting like they own the planet and every other living being on it (including rest of the humanity)


    I'm not some smart-ass preaching - I don't understand the full meaning of this song - tho the "liar" and "vicinity of obscenity" are saying enough for me.
    The song is just great anyway, I'm really enjoying it.

    So bad there's no more SOAD, they actually opened my mind and made me search for more...
    I don't like Serj solo career, music nor lyrics.

    Peace out.
    CharasHCon November 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think i have a slight idea of this Me and my friend discussed this together. It IS about sex. Although i have no idea about the terracotta/banana line, the chorus does make some sense. See, there is such thing as a 'footjob' meaning, well go figure. It's a weird kind of pornography. 'Whores with bad feet' suggest the 'whores' who do this sort of thing. 'beat the meat' suggest masturbation, which as you can guess, is part of the action that the whores perform. again 'treat the feet' says this. 'Milky Seat' is most probably referring to ejaculation.

    I wouldnt know this if it wasnt for my friend, i'm just elaborating on what he told me. As i said before though, i have absolutely no idea what the bananaa terracottta part is. It seems to have a very nasty subject, but regardless of that it is a fantastic song nonetheless!
    jeemson December 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTake a look at the title, "Vicinity of Obscenity". Now basically everyone has came to the conclusion the song is about sex, which is what it's about.....sort of. With the lyric "Banana, banana, banana, teracotta pie", I believe SOAD is just trying to make a point that something that completely random can be taken in an offensive manor, hence the "Vicinity of Obscenity". Everything and anything can be taken wrong, it's just how you interpret it.
    McDog3on January 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOn most of Soad's albums, there is a tweaky song I don't get. Yet I always like it so much. Maybe it'll make sense backwards.
    Ra....on March 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell obviously, to start, if you take the word "liar" and spell it backwards, you get the word "rail". This is clearly sexual connotation. The fact that it is followed with an exclamation mark symbolizes the sheer orgasmic power of this particular "rail"ing. As for the next lines: terracotta pie is clearly a symbol for Iraq, and the banana is a symbol for the United States. By using phallic imagery, the author of this clever metaphor is symbolizing the united states' "railing" of Iraq... "terracotta" is a common building material, commonly used in the Middle East. By calling it a terracotta "pie", the author is describing Iraq as being destroyed... splattered.... railed. "Is there a perfect way of holding you baby" is symbolic of the US's occupation of Iraq, which exists within the "vicinity of obscenity". The next phrase "do we all learn defeat from the whores with bad feat" is obviously a metaphor for Osama Bin' Laden... Osama Bin Laden is notorious for having bad feat, and he is also quite clearly a whore. The United States must defeat the whore with bad feet i.e. Osama Bin Laden in its quest to rid itself of evil "ism's", in this case, terrorism. The next phrase that must be analyzed is "Beat the meat (Beat the meat), Treat the feet, To the sweet, Milky seat." The meat in this case is the United States, and we must metaphorically "beat the meat", or use our military in order to cure the "bad feet" of the evil terrorists, by metaphorically ejaculating on them or "treating the feet to the sweet Milky seat". The song ends by repeating banana banana terracotta banana terracotta terracotta pie over and over again to symbolize how America will be in Iraq forever "curing feet".
    m1k32h07on January 18, 2009   Link

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