"She's Like Heroin" as written by Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian....
She's like heroin
Sipping through a little glass
I'm looking for some help
I need someone to save her ass
Chinese tricks in rooms
With ghosts of hooker girly dudes

Me and heroin, maybe we can make some cash selling
Ass
Selling ass for heroin
Ass
Selling ass for heroin
Ass
Selling ass for heroin
Ass
Selling ass for heroin

She wants nothing more
Than to be a little whore
He wants nothing less
But to wear a little dress
She's like heroin
Sipping through a little glass
I'm looking for some help

I need someone to make some cash selling
Ass
Selling ass for heroin
Ass
Selling ass for heroin
Ass
Selling ass for heroin
Ass
Selling ass for heroin

She's like heroin
Sipping through a little glass
I'm looking for some help
I need someone to save her ass

She wants nothing more
But to be a little whore
He wants nothing less
But to wear a little dress

She's like heroin
Sipping through a little glass
I'm looking for some help
I need someone to save her ass

Chinese tricks in rooms
With ghosts of hooker girly dudes
Me and heroin
Maybe we can make some cash

She's like heroin
Sipping through a little glass
I'm looking for some help
I need someone to save my ass


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"She's Like Heroin" as written by Serj Tankian Daron Malakian

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  • +4
    General CommentLike all System, this song SAYS so much more than it actually SAYS. And like all System, the key lies in the lyrics alongside the sound of the song.

    This song is split into two VERY distinct segments, and the words remain the same, but how those words are sung changes.

    The first is characterized by vocals that are upfront, confident-sounding, and even sung in a sort of silly way. To me, it seems very deliberate that you would hear this and think this song is just meant to be ridiculous - I think you were intended to think this at first - that it's about a guy and a girl (at least) involved in the drug/whoring scene, put in the form of a song that you can blast at full volume.

    After the little 'lalala' part in the middle, however. a drastic change occurs, and all of the sudden there is a very strong sense of desperation in the music and the lyrics. I mean, just listen to it again - the words in the two parts are the same, but they couldn't sound any more different. To me, this is where you are supposed to suddenly realize that something is seriosuly wrong - that it's not just a metal song about a herion addict and a whore anymore, but that suddenly these two people are given some depth, and some feeling is put into the song.

    The last line cements this for me - throughout the whole song it's been "I need someone to save her ass", and then, all of the sudden, it's "I need someone to save MY ass."

    Let me just sum it up this way: Anyone seen Requiem for a Dream? Things start out fairly neutral, and then there is a quick and deadly degeneration. The last line is where he finally realizes he's in over his head.

    One last comment: Although I admit I prefer System's more melodic stuff, I think the repetition of 'ass', silly though it is (I mean, come on, 40% of the chorus, such as it is, is the word 'ass') serves a very functional purpose in drawing the contrast between the first part, and the more emotionally involved second part, where it only appears 3 times (as opposed to 17 in the first).


    Basically, I just want to throw out a little tribute to System of a Down here: 1.) I don't like politically charged music and 2.) I'm not a huge fan of metal...

    ...and yet I still think these guys are incredible.
    Samikon February 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaybe this songs is about transsexuals...
    "Chinese tricks in rooms - With ghosts of hooker girly dudes", reminds me of asian transsexual prostitutes.
    "She wants nothing more - But to be a little whore
    He wants nothing less - But to wear a little dress", would also be an indication.
    And the heroin part would then means that a man wants to be woman so bad, like a heroin addict wants heroin.
    But that doesn't make much sense for a system of a down song, does it?
    padrepederastiaon December 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit gets kickass towards the end!
    B12on January 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a girl in Daron's life. He is saying he would do anything for her like how people will do anything for Heroin. (he wants nothing less than to wear a dress).
    It's just a way of explaining how much he loves this woman.
    borisepon December 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about wanting someone so bad it's like wanting heroin (if you're a user). The other parts are about probably about being on drugs and how helpless and fucked up you feel.
    kmk_natashaon December 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcould be to do with a hooker addicted to herion. and doing anything for it, but it doesnt explain the rest of the song very well =P
    *~*SPIDERS*~*on December 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol! you dont seem to like any system song!? =S are you a fan? or do you just come on here to critisize?! =S
    *~*SPIDERS*~*on December 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it is intended to be a funny song. Its hillarious when I listen to it....
    intercepton December 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEven the songs who first seem as "funny" like for example "Johnny" have a deeper meaning than it seems ;)
    Grimmyon December 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, I agree with Grimmy, there's more to this song than just whats shown at face value. System is a lot like tool (lyrically) that even with their "funny" songs, they are trying to get a deeper point across metaphorically......I just can't put my finger on it right now...lol.
    Oorakhhyeon December 08, 2005   Link

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