Watching from a post up high
From where you see the ships afar
From a well-trained eye
The waves all keep on crashing by
If you are the light post
Then you own the working class
But if you want the answers
You better give a piece of ass
Give a piece of your ass

Warning, post hypnotic suggestions
Running the ships ashore
The orange light that follows
Will soon proclaim itself a god
If you point your questions
The fog will surely chew you up
But if you want the answers
You better get ready for the fire
Get ready for the fire

The ships are multiplying day after day, sir
And they're coming close to the shore, sir, shore, sir
We need to evacuate the light post
It's all over, over
It's all over, over


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    I think all the interpretations made sense, good work guys. But I'd like to add another thought about the meaning (which is surely open to many interpretations). The first verse probably talks about the few people who control the light post, thus the ships. But like cliche in sorts said (5 years ago, wow) the post was designed to make sure ships don't hit the rocks. The ships however, in the second verse, are heading ashore, runned by those post hypnotic suggestions, followed by an orange light. So I thing that this light comes NOT from the light post, but guiding the ships against it, towards the shore. This light represents revolution, the urge for the system to change. And like many times in history, if the revolution succeeds, the leaders of it, once being trusted by the people they guided, become the new dictators (will soon proclaim itself a god). So actually Serj talks about that circle, from dictatorship and tyranny to anarchy, and then back to dictatorship. The people who controled the light post are forced to evacuate, but it will be controlled by someone else after that. In conclusion I think that Serj just points out that that's the doom of our societies, he isn't even blaming those that control us, he just observes what happens.

    These are just my thoughts, I might well be wrong.

    VictimOfTheSystemon August 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Serj says this song is about post-hypnotic suggestion being used in the assassination of President Kennedy. Go figure.

    Fishcakefishon March 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Wow, Serj said that? Yeah, that is kinda weird. I thought it was about the media and the government and whatnot obscuring your course (the ships are the people like you and me) and driving you offshore with false promises and confmormity etc., and that there will come a day when they have to give up the lighthouse because we will see through it all and make our way to our destination. And it takes so much work to do so, to be the lone ship ignoring the lighthouse's light and going it alone. (giving a piece of your ass, get ready for the fire)

    Bloodymanon April 18, 2002   Link
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    This is a weird song! but cool. I especially like the end, when Serjs' voice turns screechy (what the fuck?!), and he's shouting about some ships that are getting closer, and that they need to evacuate the lightpost, and that it's all over...

    Al Bundyon March 10, 2002   Link
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    Just a thought but if the orange light proclaims himself a god possibly it is religon that is running the ships off course and into the shore. Maybe the brianwashing of some extreme religon groups and how they attract more and more ships (the ships are multiplying day by day) maybe the evacuating of the light post significes the down fall of the religon group. Not sure what group he is refering would love to know please post if you have an idea.

    FreeThinker863on April 20, 2002   Link
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    acctually, if you listen closely you can tell that the high pitched parts near the end are daron. same as "i buy my crack, i smack my bitch right here in hollywood" that is also daron not serj.

    hostjmon April 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Actually no, I downloaded a live performance of the song and it was Serj....

    Classicalhisuxon April 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    hmmm, this is very strange indeed, i mean when i heard it, it sounded like a bad imitation of SOAD

    hostjmon April 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    oops sorry comenting on the wrong song, sorry,

    neway, i also have it live on cd. i think it is daron because serj doesnt sound like thst, but if you listen to daron singing under serj on chop suey for example, it does sound like him

    hostjmon April 24, 2002   Link
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    right, a random lyric just came up that was by OMS, however it was not random at all, it was saying how that he has seen the truth, and the government dont want peopleseeing this

    hostjmon April 24, 2002   Link

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