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Sweet berries ready for two
Ghosts are no different than you
Ghosts are now waiting for you
Are you
Sweet berries ready for two
Ghosts are no different than you
Ghosts are now waiting for you
Are you, dreaming
Dreaming the night
Dreaming alright

Do we, do we know
When we fly
When we, when we go
Do we die?

Sweet berries ready for two
Ghosts are no different than you
Ghosts are now waiting for you
Are you
Sweet berries ready for two
Ghosts are no different than you
Ghosts are now waiting for you
Are you, dreaming
Dreaming the night
Dreaming alright

Do we, do we know
When we fly
When we, when we go
Do we die? Yeah

La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la

Do we, do we know
When we fly
When we, when we go
Do we die?

La la la la la la la la

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian

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Ralph Ralpherson

Dear confused and frustrated drummers and guitarists. I THINK this is right after listening for an hour...
Intro: Straight 5/4 counted 1-2-3-4-5 downbeat on 1.
1st Verse: 5/4 but sounds like syncopated 8th notes, it's damn hard to get into the groove, almost seems like the count is on an upbeat, but I was still able to count it as bars of 1-2-3-4-5, 1-2-3-4-5 or just as effectively (and perhaps moreso) as 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3-4 (2 bars of 5/4)....however...

When Serj says "Are You" there are two bars of 3/4 snuck in there, before the count returns to 5....and then, when he says "are you Dreaming" that is four bars of 3/4 snuck in, counted 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, before returning to the 5 count...
But Then...for the pre-chorus, for the "dreaming ...the night... dreaming...all right" I count as 6/8 (1-2-3-4-5-6) (four rotations total)
Now the choruses, I get straight 4/4 with a triplet feel, but there's a tempo change.
The slow dramatic chorus can be counted in 4/4 at 120bps.
The fast aggressive chorus at the end counts as 4/4 at about 170bpm. (yes, I had to dig out my metronome...lol)

The 4/4 sounds SOOOO heavy against the weird jarring 5 rhythms... If John came up with this count, he's a legend. Even moreso if Darren cooked this song up and John had to figure out how to drum it. Sometimes guitar players write shit and the drummer is like "fuck you man..."

EDIT 8/29/21 : After replying to a comment below questioning my counts, I realized the following:
The little acoustic interlude Darron plays during the drum rest near the intro and before V1... That sort of DOES count as 9/8. But! if you are counting the song in the same tempo as the heavy intro using a DAW or a metronome, it still elapses a full 10 beats before drums come back in for the verse to begin... So what I'm guessing is that John recorded the song intro and verse to a 5/4 click or counted 5/4 in his head and Darron just forced in his little riff of 9 counts in the gap, but at a slightly slower tempo. The whole debate here might come down to mere human error! So they could be playing in contradictory timings attempting (or perhaps purely accidentally) forming an accidental polymeter or more likely an accidental polyrhythm. I think that is most likely here, hence a guitar player might want to count that acoustic lick in a laggy 9/8 but all other musicians would want to be counting a 5/4 consistent with the intro tempo. That would also explain the brief moment of silence and the jarring feel as the acoustic phrase ends and the verse begins with the first drum sound and Serj singing the first note.



Bhu Tang

The vocal rhythm and the drums both add up to 9/8

John Dolmayan is playing this rhythm during the verse:


B X X S X B X S B 9
B X X S X B X S B 9
B X X S X B X S B 9
B X X S X B X S X 9
B B S B S B B S B B S X 12
Where the emphasis is on a 3+2+2+2 pattern

While Serj is singing this:

Sweet X Berr-ies X Read-y For Two 9
Ghosts X Are No X Diffe-rent Than You 9

Where it is also a 3+2+2+2

The vocal rhythm is very similar to the Intro riff, however it is missing an eighth note, imagine instead of
Sweet Berries Ready For Two
Serj sang:
Sweet Berries Are Ready For Two
^
This would then match up with the rhythm of the intro riff, making the verse in 5/4

9/8 is notoriously hard to count in when it is not set up in 3 groups of 3 triplets, which may be why it feels weird to play the groove in it, especially when you consider the much more natural and much more common rhythm for 5/4 which is extremely similar that comes right before it.

The 3+3+2+2 rhythm in 5/4 is found in the Mission-Impossible Theme, Take Five, and this song's intro riff, and just feels better than cutting one of the eighth notes out completely.



Ralph Ralpherson

@Bhu Tang I'll respectfully disagree friend. But it's tricky so stay with me here...
I just tried playing it just now on both my guitar and drums and I can count 5/4 with the two bars of 3/4 at the end of each stanza pretty reliably. When I try counting it as 9, I would be counting it as either three groups of three, which doesn't work at all, or two groups of 4 plus an extra count every other time so 4+5/4 or 5+4/4. And neither of those seem to fit the groove either... I just cannot get that to count out properly without lagging. That lag is there because it should be a tenth beat. Hence 5/4... but, Darron isn't in time for the clean guitar ditty at the intro... more on that in a moment. First the structure I programmed into a DAW to double check myself:
So the whole first verse from "sweet berries" starting with the first drum sound.
Two bars of 5/4 - sweet berries ready for two ghost are no different than you (x2)
Two bars of 3/4 - are you...
Two bars of 5/4 - sweet berries....
Four bars of 3/4 - are you, dreaming
Chorus 4/4 - Do we...

Now... back to Mr. Malakian's odd acoustic ditty... I will say, that little acoustic interlude Darron plays during the drum rest near the intro and before V1... That sort of DOES count as 9, I agree. But if you are counting in the same tempo as the heavy intro with a metronome, it still elapses a full 10 beats before drums come back! (thank God for DAW drum grids) So I'm guessing John recorded to a 5/4 click or counted 5/4 in his head and Darron just forced in his little riff in 9 but at a slightly slower tempo. The whole debate here might come down to mere human error! So they could be playing in contradictory timings attempting (or perhaps purely accidentally) forming an accidental polymeter or more likely an accidental polyrhythm. I think that is most likely. That would also explain the brief moment of silence and the jarring feel as the acoustic phrase ends and the verse begins!



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ARTV

15 years later. God, can't believe how much literally everything has changed yet my love for SOAD remains.

I still remember the first time I saw this video on Fuse when I was 13...

جوجو

I'm a 13 now..

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Big Poppa

I listen to this c.d. with your Mom while you were at baseball practice with your Dad.Tell her Ted says sup

katherine kier.

FUSE was so good back in the day

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@HAPPY SPORK couldn’t have said it better myself

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