"Elect The Dead" as written by and Serj Tankian....
Arms are raised above the sky,
But all I want is me

You are there beside the night
But I all I want is me
All I want is me.

Love we know
Comes from inside,
But all I want is me,
All I want is me.


Death we know
Comes to us alive
But all I want is you,

Death we know
Comes to all of us alive
But all I want is you,
All I need is you,
All I want.


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"Elect the Dead" as written by Serj Tankian

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    General CommentFor a Shyboy, you seem quite comfortable in expressing your ridicule towards worthy lyrics ^_^.

    raprocker007, if you want, try doing what I do. Open a notepad and write this.

    ''
    *The Empty Walls*
    of The
    *Unthinking Majority*
    hide
    *Money*
    for the illusive afterlife and do not
    *Feed Us*
    instead thereby
    *Saving Us*
    from the conclusive enviromental theory that the
    *Sky is Over*.
    *The Baby*
    is run over by the careless
    *Honking Antelope*
    who, quoting from the book of
    *Lie Lie Lie*,
    cries
    *Praise the Lord*and Pass the Ammunition*.
    The ground rumbles and out flies
    *Beethoven's Cunt*
    screaming
    *Elect the Dead*!
    ''

    After you do that, read the 2 names and what is of between them when you switch from one song to another. Try to work with this community to understand what each song means as a word. I recently told my friend that trying to read this paragraph strait is like trying to understand this:

    *Justice*
    and
    *Love*
    is
    *Good*
    for all of Mankind.

    You got a feel for the concept as a whole, but we really don't understand the meanings of the words themselves. I'm currently reading "The Republic of Plato" to try to understand what he believes the definition of Justice is. And sometimes it does take a whole book to define one word. Maybe in this case it will only be of the lyrics. ^_^
    MikeDecipheron February 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think him switching from "me" to "you" when he says Death in the verse is significant.
    Xero77xon October 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe fact, that these few words motivated people here to write about their meaning (much more words than the lyrics consist of actually) should show you, that Serj's work is not useless. He gets people to really think about life and find their way to go through it (in a better way?)

    First I heard the song with the lyrics, I didn't really get what he's talking about. Now I'm impressed to the max, how much this bunch of words can be interpreted in so many and complex ways. Makes me musing 'bout what my life should be, once more. And masterpieces like this can really show you the way to a meaningful life. A good one.

    Propably the most stating song with this small amount of words, that has passed my path by now.
    Music is pureon December 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti dunno...when i hear this song, it reminds me of like, a baby or something. you know? i guess i'm taking the "arms are raised" part a little too literal. Like, i think of a child and how selfish they are when they're little and all they want is them and they're toys and stuff but as they get older they realize what their guardian or whoever has gone through for them. That's what i think and feel when i hear this song. yeah :)
    MrsTankian:)on March 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti dunno...when i hear this song, it reminds me of like, a baby or something. you know? i guess i'm taking the "arms are raised" part a little too literal. Like, i think of a child and how selfish they are when they're little and all they want is them and they're toys and stuff but as they get older they realize what their guardian or whoever has gone through for them. That's what i think and feel when i hear this song. yeah :)
    MrsTankian:)on March 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentseems like a poem to me, much softer sounding than the rest of the album. i like it
    Bass Goes Bombon October 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentseems like a poem to me, much softer sounding than the rest of the album. i like it
    Bass Goes Bombon October 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is a tough one to interpret for me, but the tone definitely changes when he says "death we know...etc" because of the keyboard chimes in the background and he switches from "me" to "you". Here's my take on that: the song starts out with "arms raised" and "you are there" meaning the speaker has a significant other but he doesn't think about her as being important. The speaker contrasts his own 'self-endearment' with the things he mentions, like achievement, having a significant other, and love. Then the song switches into a more dream-like tone with more intensity from the bells/chimes. At the end the speaker starts talking about 'death' which 'comes to all of us alive,' leading me to believe that the speaker loses a significant other and this event makes him realize his own mortality. I think the speaker is going through the process of becoming aware of the process of dying after he loses someone close to him and the person he loses would otherwise be there to console him and tell him that it's okay because "death comes to all of us alive". The speaker understands the concept, but wishes he could have been more aware of the significance of life, whatever that may be.

    Kinda confusing, but maybe you'll see what's going through my mind!
    Raspoon October 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti agree with Raspo, You don't really know how much someone/something means to you until it is gone...

    (My first post! ^^)
    Prophetic_Destinyon November 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI wanted to post another comment on the title, "Elect the Dead". I interpret this title as meaning we humans usually elect the leaders that we think will make the best decisions. Well, if you believe in the spirits of those who have crossed to the otherside (if there is a side to cross), then 'electing the dead' to show us the right way to progress would be the greatest thing we could do. All humans are different in size, race, the ways they think, etc. The only thing we really ALL share is our birth, existence, and death. Since we can't control the fact that we were all born and all exist, we all have to go through the process of dying and we will all be dead one day. Many people forget this fact, and fear death when it is brought up, but it seems like this song is about coping with realizing our own mortalities. On top of that, there are many issues in the world today where humans put harm upon other humans and creatures (abuse, global warming, wars, murder, etc.). I think because in the end, we all hate people for making us think about our own mortalities - we try to block the fact out of our minds, but if we were able to speak to the otherside, we would be better off. If we even had ANY definite answer that there was an afterlife or anything like that, we wouldn't have any good reason to fear death, and that's why we should elect the dead!

    I don't know if that made sense, but I tried!
    Raspoon November 06, 2007   Link

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