"Gate 21" as written by and Serj Tankian....
The love that you bring
You bring me along
The pain that you give
It gives me a home

Do you wanna stay by my side
Do you want me to turn and hide
We are disappearing inside
Seeing pictures of our goodbyes

When we, we believe
That our love will survive
The pain that you bring
Brings me all alone

Do you love me,
Do you hate me,
Do you wanna believe me,
Do you think that you don't need me
Do you wanna deceive me

I can't think that it's all over, don't want to forget.
I can't live the disappointment down, I want to repress your
Goodbye
Goodbye

The design, we broke the mold
The dreams when you see, that goodbyes aren't for long

Please follow me
To the borders of destiny
I don't want to break from your side
The falling ground screams, goodbye

Please follow me
To the borders of destiny
I don't want to break from your side
The falling ground screams, goodbye

Goodbye
Goodbye
The design, we broke the mold
The dreams when you see, that goodbyes aren't for long


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"Gate 21" as written by Serj Tankian

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    My InterpretationI agree with Musicophile, except it doesn't neccesarily have to be Serj speaking for himself. The lyrics may be portraying the feelings of a character who is going through grief.

    As I see it, the narrator has decided he wants to spend the rest of his life with someone, for example by marriage. They spend a big part of their lives together despite pain and doubt, because they believe their love will survive.

    Then his spouse wants a divorce. The rest is, in my opinion, what goes through his mind as he desperately tries to cling on to the life they could've had together. The design was to spend their lives together, but now they've broken the mold so he begs her to stay with him to the borders of destiny (forever). You could argue that as the song climaxes, he frantically jumps back and forth between the five stages of grief:

    Denial: "I can't think that it's all over." "I want to repress your goodbye."
    Anger: "Do you think that you don't need me, do you wanna deceive me?"
    Bargaining: "Please follow me to the borders of destiny."
    Depression: "The falling ground screams goodbye."
    Acceptance: "The dreams when you see that goodbyes aren't for long."
    singdongdingdongon February 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI have listened to this song time and time again and there have been a couple ways I have interpreted it, however there is only one way that seems the most accurate. A man get's married to the love of his life. He has a child. Later, he joins the military to serve his country. The song is about him going over seas and getting killed and the pain that his wife and child feel during his journey.
    "Do you wanna stay by my side
    Do you want me to turn and hide"
    This is from his wife's perspective. She feels betrayed by her husband for joining and betrayed by her country for sending him overseas.
    "Please follow me
    To the borders of destiny"
    This is the soldier/husband. It's a play on words. He travels over borders where his destiny is to be killed.

    I could go through the whole song with their on and off perspectives, but if you listen to it with this mindset it makes a lot of sense.
    FletcherTimeon August 11, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese were the lyrics he had on the symphony album, I haven't had time to change them to the lyrics he decided to use in Imperfect Harmonies. Thanks though :)
    xxsystemofadownxxon September 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song by the great Serj anyone have an idea from what perspective serjs talking about
    Age831on January 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIts simply abt a relationship that serj doesnt want to see ending, separation, but i think its beautiful thought the subject might seem not typical serj, or a bit not original. The way he expresses it is very original.
    Musicophileon February 21, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThe lyrics are actually:

    "The love that you bring
    You bring me along,
    The pain that you give,
    It gives me a home"

    and:

    "I can't think that it's all over
    Don't want to forget
    I can't live this disappointment down
    I want to repress your"
    Psychonomalyon September 19, 2010   Link

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