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Chop Suey! Lyrics

[Intro]
We're rolling "Suicide"

[Verse: Serj Tankian]
Wake up (Wake up)
Grab a brush and put a little makeup
Hide your scars to fade away the shakeup
(Hide the scars to fade away the)

Why'd you leave the keys upon the table?
Here you go, create another fable

You wanted to!
Grab a brush and put a little makeup
You wanted to!
Hide the scars to fade away the shakeup
You wanted to!
Why'd you leave the keys upon the table?
You wanted to!


[Chorus: Serj Tankian]
I don't think you trust
In my
Self-righteous suicide
I cry
When angels deserve to
DIE!


[Verse: Serj Tankian]
Wake up (Wake up)
Grab a brush and put a little makeup
Hide the scars to fade away the
(Hide the scars to fade away the shakeup)

Why'd you leave the keys upon the table?
Here you go, create another fable

You wanted to!
Grab a brush and put a little makeup
You wanted to!
Hide the scars to fade away the shakeup
You wanted to!
Why'd you leave the keys upon the table?
You wanted to!


[Chorus: Serj Tankian]
I don't think you trust
In my
Self-righteous suicide
I cry
When angels deserve to die
In my
Self-righteous suicide
I cry
When angels deserve to die...


[Bridge: Serj Tankian (& Daron Malakian)]
Father! (Father!) Father! (Father!)
Father! (Father!) Father! (Father!)

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit
Father, into your hands

Why have you forsaken me?
In your eyes, forsaken me?
In your thoughts, forsaken me?
In your heart, forsaken me?


[Chorus/Outro: Serj Tankian]
Oh, trust in my
Self-righteous suicide
I cry
When angels deserve to die
In my
Self-righteous suicide
I cry
When angels deserve to die

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About “Chop Suey!”

Rick Rubin, who produced Toxicity for System of a Down, cites this song as one of his most important projects. He told Rolling Stone:

This song was originally going to be called “Self-Righteous Suicide,” and the record company rebelled. …I remember wanting to go to the mat and keep the title, and the band decided, “Let’s call it ‘Chop Suey!’” which I thought was kind of funny.

Chop-suey is the Americanization of the Chinese quick dish tsap sui, which means “odds and ends, mixed bits” in the Cantonese dialect. The song title is a play on “Self-right-Chop Suey-cide,” that has a further sort of humor in that they mixed up a controversial word into a nonsensical word to create a more ‘radio-friendly’ title.

The song enjoyed success, climbing the charts after its August 2001 release before virtually disappearing from airways after 9/11. The song’s chorus, with its congratulatory “self-righteous suicide,” and lament, “I cry when angels deserve to die” was considered a bit too raw for listeners at the time. In the wake of the tragedy, Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) put out a memo to its subsidiary radio stations temporarily blackballing (but not outright banning) it, along with 164 other “lyrically questionable” songs. Eventually, the record resurfaced on the charts—in part due to its earlier popularity, in part due to the lack of new singles released that September. However, it remains one of System of a Down’s worst performing US singles, particularly relative to the song’s global performance.

Although the lyrics are viewed as confrontational, the singer is actually challenging the listener to “wake up” and reconsider the way that they judge and deride people who are engaged in self-destructive behaviors. The song culminates in a biblical connection to Jesus before his death on the cross, with the singer ostensibly having chosen his “self-righteous suicide” so that these ‘sinners’ would be forgiven.

  • What have the artists said about the song?

    The song is about how when people die, they will be regarded differently depending on the way they pass. Like, if I were to die from a drug overdose, everyone would say I deserved it because I abused drugs, hence the line ‘Angels deserve to die.’

    Daron Malakian

    I wrote that in the back of the RV. With that [song], I didn’t want to repeat myself. I didn’t want to write “P.L.U.C.K.” again or “Suite-Pee” again. I wanted to explore something different. At the same time, I wanted to retain our style so I put a lot of the ideas together.

    Daron Malakian, Louder Than Hell

  • What's the meaning of the song?

    System of a Down based “Chop Suey!” on many subjects, including drug addiction, or views on religion. Yet, the song does not contain a sober tone in the voice, whilst regarding on the drug-addicted meaning of the song. The meaning of the song can be undefined as well since the band identified the song as “a little quacky”.

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