"Funny" as written by and Daron Malakian....
Funny, how you turned red
When I first said
Let's join the dead

Funny, I was driving by
Feeling really high
It made me cry

Wooooohhhhhh...
Ahhhhh...

Funny, there were swastikas
On Santa Monica
Where they were scarred

Funny, that no one said
that you were dead
and painted red

Where do you go when you fall on your face?
It's a place that you never should know
Is there a reason why people should change
And they changin' the way that they go

If I was there with you for long
Would you be singing me this song?
I'm holding on...

Wooooohhhhhh...
Ahhhhh...

Where do you go when you fall on your face?
It's a place that you never should know
Is there a reason why people should change?
And they changin' the way that they go

If I was there with you for long
Would you be singing me this song?
I'm holding on...

Wooooohhhhhh...
Ahhhhh...

Wooooohhhhhh.....
Ahhhhh...


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"Funny" as written by Daron Malakian

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    Song MeaningI'm pretty sure this song is about suicide.

    "Funny, how you turned red
    When I first said
    Let's join the dead"

    Turning "red' clearly means bleeding. Him suggesting they die, might be him having suicidal thoughts, but he feels so out of himself that he feels like he's talking to a different person. So he might be referencing dissociation.

    "Funny, I was driving by
    Feeling really high
    It made me cry"

    He's having trouble coping with life. Even drugs aren't helping him.

    "Funny, there were swastikas
    On Santa Monica
    Where they were scarred"

    Can't really get the meaning out of this line.

    "Funny, that no one said
    that you were dead
    and painted red"

    Either he's talking about how no one would care if he died, or he wouldn't care himself if he died.

    "Where do you go when you fall on your face?
    It's a place that you never should know
    Is there a reason why people should change
    And they changin' the way that they go"

    This is where the idea of this song being about suicide becomes very prominent. He's talking about where do you go when you've hit rock bottom. He's saying how horrible it is. How it changes you every step of the way.

    "If I was there with you for long
    Would you be singing me this song?
    I'm holding on..."

    He might be saying that music is the only thing keeping him alive. That it's all he has left. It's the only thing he has to hold on to.

    Just my interpretation.
    Somefagon January 27, 2014   Link
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    General CommentIsn't the swastikas on Santa Monica "where the were SCARred" the story behing "Scars on Broadway?"
    Xero77xon July 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentreminds me of lost in hollywood
    eL RichiOon July 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't know whether he's referring to 2 different persons ( is the 'you' in the first verse different from the other 'you' ? ) or not, but I think he's clearly talking to someone who's dead, maybe an old friend/lover/some family.

    The person was murdered/genocided, and there are swatiskas on its grave. People never change.

    But I still can't get the meaning of the first strophe of this song.
    ( anyway let's join the dead means let's go to the graveyard imo ).
    FourthQuarkon August 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI touht first line was like about suicide - but why whould he turn red :S

    Where do you go when you fall on your face?
    It's a place that you never should know

    People (american) can't face some defeats because the are not used to it...

    Is there a reason why people should change
    And they changin' the way that they go

    Society overall ( a lot to write about ) ...

    The other parts I have no idea what are about..
    d0-Shanon August 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaybe the you is himself, he'd be speaking to him.
    FourthQuarkon August 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti dont think the first line is about sucide i think that daron coined up the term elcet the dead which when he told serj didn't like it that much but when system of a down split serj used the idea for himself
    funny how you (serj) turned red when i (daron) first said lets join the dead. i think the whole song is about the split of soad and birth of serj and scars on boardway
    Serj&DaronRockon August 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSerj&daronrock I think hit it on the head. I was going to give an interpretation but mine doesn't even work anymore his was so good.
    bigjonon October 15, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningConsidering how Daron mentioned in a live show that the song reminds him of his two cousins and then shed some tears, I'm pretty sure the song is him visiting their graves and talking to them. ("Let's join the dead" - going to the graveyard?)

    "Funny, I was driving by
    Feeling really high
    It made me cry"

    Not even drugs can help him feel better about it.

    "Funny, there were swastikas
    On Santa Monica
    Where they were scarred"

    Some vandals like to put swastikas on graves, wich would explain this line.

    "Funny, that no one said
    that you were dead
    and painted red"

    Sounds like he hadn't seen his cousin in a while and nobody told him that he/she died when it happened.
    At least one of his cousins may have died by suicide considering the refrain in particular, not sure about it though.

    "If I was there with you for long
    Would you be singing me this song?"

    He's wondering if his cousin would feel the same way/sing him this song if he would have been with them, again implying that he wasn't there around the time they died. And on another side may also saying that he could be dead instead if that was the case (considering the topic of this song).

    If that becomes clear it pretty much explains itself.
    MidnightFistfighton December 22, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure that i've hit it

    This song's probably about Daron's cousins(ty ppl in comments for pointing on live concert moment)
    These guys were veeeeeery close to Daron and after they were murdered by some radicals he was in a huge depression. He remember his feelings and his behaviour in this song

    So, firstly he was feeling so bad that he thought about suicide: 'when i FIRST said, let's join the dead', but he refuses to do it and turns red. In this case it's embarrasment, not suicide.
    2. He's feeling so awful, that he just drives by all other things and doesn't care about it. Finally, his thoughts put him in tears.
    3. They were killed on santa monica street by nazi i guess. Well, scared, not killed, and they were alive for some time after accident.
    4. Maybe he could come and save them but no one said him about an accident so he failed. At that moment those scared guys finally died. Maybe he also refers to society here cuz no one cared about them

    After that we have some thoughts about life and death
    Where do u go when u fall on ur face -> what happens with a person after death OR what happens with person's soul after death?
    The answer is that we shouldn't know it (because it can hurt?)
    Also: if u fall on ur face then u got hit in ur back. Like someone knifed u and u were unable to do anything against it (referring to 3rd strofe)

    Should we change ourselves and change way we go? U can be the best person in the world but who cares about this if u can accidentally die in accident.
    I feel here like his cousins were really cool people and they got such a stupid, undeserved death.

    Last part: if he got in this situation, would they help him? He hopes that the answer is 'yes'. And he holds on...

    That's all, sry 4 bad eng sometimes :)
    ivan107148on June 20, 2016   Link

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