We're the day birds
Deciding to fly against the sky
Within our dreams, we all wake up
To kiss the ones who are born to die

We're the greying herds
Hurting each other with our lives
Within our dreams, we all wake up
To kiss the ones who are born to die
Born to die, born to die

The drum fish
They beached themselves in Hara-kiri
The blackbirds
They fell in thousands from the sky
Their red wings
Streaming down from the higher seas
Deflected by the grounds

They crowned the sun
They crowned the sun
But I believe that they are free
When their time was done
They were drowned by the only One
But I believe that they are free
Washed by the sun

Our statues
The soaring edifice of our times
Detracted from the ways of the wise
The future will view all history as a crime
So father, tell us when is time to rise

They crowned the sun
They crowned the sun
But I believe that they are free
When their time was done
They were drowned by the only One

But I believe that they are free
They crowned the sun
They crowned the sun
But I believe that they are free
And we believe that they are free
'Cause I believe that they are me
Washed by the sun



Lyrics submitted by danieljjbrown

"Harakiri" as written by Serj Tankian

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  • +2
    My Interpretation:The song reminds me of ancient Greek philosophy.
    The Greeks learned about the nature of existence through something like dreaming, a state of mind that transported them beyond into a place where life cannot go. When he says that they crowned the sun, that ties it all up for me. The most important god for this practice is Apollo who is the sun. So basically, I think that he's talking about ancient philosophers who gave their lives to kiss us with wisdoms only accessible to them.
    lercellon September 13, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:this song is about pollution and how we as the human race are basically destroying ourselves
    XxStrickenxXon October 03, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:The song criticizes our self-destructive nature (hatred, war, racism etc) and how badly we're affecting every living creature on this planet.

    "But I believe that they are free
    When their time was done" - death is freedom from this hell that we've created on Earth

    I'm not quite sure what "They crowned the sun" means. Maybe he's referring to the fact that we gave more "power" to the sun over our planet, with our ways of pollution. There's also a quote in the video that says "the last decade was the hottest in recorded history".

    I really love this song.
    Steve1407on October 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:I think this song's about war
    godddamon October 29, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:"We're the day birds
    Deciding to fly against the sky
    Within our dreams, we all wake up
    To kiss the ones who are born to die"
    He's putting us in the shoes of other earth animals to give us perspective. We all live just to die.

    "We're the greying herds
    Hurting each other with our lives
    Within our dreams, we all wake up
    To kiss the ones who are born to die
    Born to die, born to die"
    'greying herds' to me is saying that our race is nearing the end of it's life. We hurt each other simply by following our natural path through existence. Then we're reminded that we are all literally born to die.

    "The drum fish
    They beached themselves in Hara-kiri
    The blackbirds
    They fell in thousands from the sky
    Their red wings
    Streaming down from the higher seas
    Deflected by the grounds"
    This is to me a beautiful way of describing the sad state of our planet. Animals are dying in massive numbers because they cannot deal with climate change.

    "They crowned the sun
    They crowned the sun
    But I believe that they are free
    When their time was done
    They were drowned by the only One
    But I believe that they are free
    Washed by the sun"
    Other earthlings and our own ancestors have no gods, no kings, they crown the Sun. They worship that which gives them life! To me this is could be a reference to the biblical warnings about creating gods and worshiping false idols. I'm not sure what "the only One" refers to, my first guess would be that he means nature or the universe. The ones who crowned the sun were died as we all will, however they experienced freedom while they lived.

    "Our statues
    The soaring edifice of our times
    Detracted from the ways of the wise
    The future will view all history as a crime
    So father, tell us when is time to rise"
    We literally build statues to worship wise, or great humans. The irony is with each generation we realize just how wrong we are about EVERYTHING and how sickening our behavior is. He says the future will view history as a crime, but I believe many already view history as a crime. When can we ascend this cycle of crimes against ourselves and nature?

    "They crowned the sun
    They crowned the sun
    But I believe that they are free
    When their time was done
    They were drowned by the only One

    But I believe that they are free
    They crowned the sun
    They crowned the sun
    But I believe that they are free
    And we believe that they are free
    Because I believe that they are me
    Washed by the sun"
    These 2 stanzas remind us of what he sees as the ideal way of life. I think he is pointing out how we are trying to dominate nature. How much longer will we consider ourselves intelligent before every last one of us is dead?
    xenogison February 14, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:"they crowned the sun"

    "washed by the sun"

    Both feel like he is meaning "son" in context to the rest of the song. He's asking why can't we see that these animals, by our definition, have found Jesus?
    Xero77xon October 09, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:He seems to do similar word play in The Sky is Over. "Not even from the Sun" , replace Sun with Son and it sounds like he is trying to illustrate his point in another manner. Almost like sarcastically saying "faith has nothing to do with what's going on." "don't you want me to run" like a sarcastic Republican run manipulating the message in his favor.

    I read "sun" as "Son" in Harikiri. He is using it to compare similar messages about life and death, and asking why we reject our instincts and ignore the obvious.
    Xero77xon October 09, 2013   Link

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