"Left of Center" as written by and Serj Tankian....
Are we a fantasy?
Swimming in theocracy
We are far from holy
The wholeness of one
Repeat after me

We lost the key of sight
Now blind we fear in flight
We are far from love
But silence is golden
Please observe

Fighting your empire
Defending your vampires
Far away,
We're going too far

Bombing your ignorance
We're feeding your insolence
Far away, we're going too far
We're going too far

If today I die
I cannot deny
The life that I live
For what I say not
Befit myself in time

No time to die or dare
No structures of a pyramid
No train, horses to rise
Surmise my position
My words define

Fighting your empire
Defending your vampires
Far away,
We're going too far

Bombing your ignorance
We're feeding your insolence
Far away, we're going too far
We're going too far

We go forward
We go backward
Living
Dying
We're dying
We're living
We're living
We're dying
We're crying
We're seeing
We're living
We're breathing
Dying
Seeing

Fighting your empire
Defending your vampires
Far away,
We're going too far

Bombing your ignorance
We're feeding your insolence
Far away, we're going too far

We're going too far


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"Left of Center" as written by Serj Tankian

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  • +1
    My InterpretationA few days ago I was watching to some Creation vs Evolution debate on TV, and then later that night I listened to this song. While I was listening, I realised that the lyrics fit the whole religious debate pretty well. Naturally, this may or may not be Serj's intentional meaning, but it my interpretation and feels right to me. Allow me to explain:

    The song starts off pretty straight-forward. Theocracy, according to Wikipedia, is basically a government run in the name of some devine entity, like God. So are we just some fantasy, made up by and governed by some god?

    No. We are far from holy - that is, we weren't created by a god. Instead we should believe in the wholeness of one, that is - in ourselves. That's what we are, essentially: We are living entities, and as such we are one, but not the creations of a god.

    We lost the key of sight. We're so blinded by our religion that we're just being plain ignorant. We aren't loved by a god, far from it. He doesn't exist.

    So what do we do when we're blinded by our religion? We fight wars, we kill, we debate, we go to great lenghts to destroy the opposition to defend our mythical creatures, or should I say: our vampires? We're bombing people (literally and metaphorically) for their ignorance of having the "wrong religion", and defeating their insolence. Is it going too far? I believe so.

    Then what if a religious fanatic dies and realizes that the life that he lived for what he believed was a waste of time? What if there is no afterlife? Then we're clearly wasting our time doing something that doesn't matter. So what does it all boil down to? We're just going forward and backwards, we live, we breathe, we see, we cry and finally we die. The end.
    singdongdingdongon February 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think the whole song is meant to talk about how mankind is fighting for the wrong cause. We are fighting wars that aren't meant to be fought, defending religions, ethnic differences, everything. But what really matter is being good to each other and to the planet, since we are actually destroying it day by day.

    The one that he says on the song I feel is the Earth, and we are all members os ONE, we are the wholeness of ONE. We are the Earth and we are not fighting for her.
    Greutoon June 10, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSimply gr8! Probably the best song serj ever made as a solo artist. Really deep lyrics, and sounds amazin 2.
    Musicophileon August 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionThere are some mistakes in that lyric, that's what he's actually singing:


    Are we a fantasy
    Swimming in theocracy
    We are far from holy
    The wholeness of one
    Repeat after me

    We lost the key of sight
    Now blind we fear in flight
    We are far from love
    But silence is golden
    Please observe

    Fighting your empire
    Defending your vamparies
    Far away, we‘re going too far

    Bombing your ignorance
    Defeating your insolence
    Far away, we‘re going too far
    We‘re going too far

    If today I die
    And cannot deny
    The life that I lived
    For what I say now befit
    Myself in time

    No time to die or kill
    No structures of a pyramid
    No trained horses to arise
    Surmise my position
    My words define

    Fighting your empire
    Defending your vampires
    Far away, we‘re going too far

    Bombing your ignorance
    Defeating your insolance
    Far away, we‘re going too far
    We‘re going too far

    We go forward
    We go backward

    Living
    Dying

    We‘re dying
    We‘re living
    We‘re living
    We‘re dying
    We‘re crying
    We‘re seing
    We‘re seeing
    We‘re living
    We‘re breathing

    Dying
    Seeing

    Fighting your empire
    Defending your vampires
    Far away we‘re going too far

    Bombing your ignorance
    Deafeating your insolence
    Far away, we‘re going too far
    We‘re going too far.
    sonofnyxon September 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely an anti religious song, but Singdongdingdong went WAY too far...interjecting his/her atheistic opinion into the lyrics. Your bias is unbelieveable. You gave more of a speech on YOUR feelings on faith rather than an interpretation of what the artist created. Perhaps you shoudn't have tried your hand at analyzing after watching such a television show. A "theocracy" is not run by 'like god'; rather God. With your next breath you show your bias and thus discredit yourself: "so we are just some fantasy." You just lost any credibilty with regard to objectivity that you may have had (MAY:) Then you state that because we are not "holy," we cannot be created by God. Haven't read the Bible much I see. We are His fallible children, and I have a feeling you do know the meaning of the word 'fallible." We aren't supposed to be holy! We're so blinded by religion that we're just plain ignorant, you say. So only the religious are ignorant. Wow, so much for tolerance and objectivity:) Funny, but I've met some awfully ignorant atheists, agnostics, and secular humanists. Hmmmmm...I like being "blinded" by my faith yet I fight no wars and I've killed no one. Geesh, believe in abortion as an Atheist? So you've killed or supported killing and yet you are not a person of faith? Hmmmmm again. Nope, not wasting our time if we truly believe in God and try to live the best life possible...forgiving others; feeding and clothing the poor; providing shelter to needy families; visiting the elderly and infirmed in nursing homes; etc etc etc. How quickly the Atheist (not all) forget all the good that those of faith do BECAUSE of their belief in that mythical god you ridicule. Do me a favor and open any phone book to see a listing of all the atheistic groups doing volunteer work in the community:) Well, you got one thing correct. We do all end. For your sake I hope there is no God. How 'bout next time you keep your ugly bias to yourself.
    ASweetPeaon September 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really liked your interpretation of the song singsongdingdong, and i couldn't have said it better myself. Serj's music makes people think and i think even Serj himself would like people to come up with their own interpretations of his songs . As for ASweetPea or should i say ASourGrape, all you gave was ''Definately an anti religious song'' then gave a big rant about someone else's opinion. Maybe you shouldn't speak of ignorance.
    DaveStaticon January 16, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI disagree, if anything its an anti-organised religion song. Honestly... Serj himself is a very spiritual man. he may believe all modern religions to be false, but he is still religous..

    We are far from holy
    The wholeness of one
    Repeat after me

    he is saying we are far from holy, because he have lost our spiritual connection to the world, universe, nature ect. - Tao
    wholeness of one = Tao, Great spirit, God, Universe - however you wish to look at it.
    hes saying everyone who is part of the One, repeat after me

    ( this song kinda connects with the meaning of Borders Are)

    Anywho, i find this part very interesting because.

    We are far from love
    But silence is golden
    Please observe

    We are all one, one species if you will and what hurts one will hurt the rest of us
    hence we are far from love (love/compassion is The Key, to a brighter future)

    silence is golden is an intersting thing to say, In Taoism silence have alot of meaning, its part of the Tao like everything is, but it is one of the words often used to try and describe the Tao, and adding ''please observe'' only adds to the fact that it may be of that which he speaks - but i guess one needs to understand what Taoism is to get what im on about xP lol

    I doubt Serj is a Taoist, but Serj have stated himself what he believes, and from what i can tell Taoism comes very close to what he believes nevertheles - so makes sense it can seem like he speaks of the Tao.
    Wrongworldon March 06, 2013   Link

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