Deer Dance
System of a Down Lyrics


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Circumventing circuses lamenting in protest
To visible police, presence sponsored fear
Battalions of riot police with rubber bullet kisses
Baton courtesy, service with a smile

Beyond the Staples Center you can see America
With its tired, poor, avenging disgrace
Peaceful, loving youth against the brutality
Of plastic existence

Pushing little children with their fully automatics
They like to push the weak around
Pushing little children with their fully automatics
They like to push the weak around

A rush of words, pleading to disperse
Upon your naked walls, alive
A political call, the fall guy accord
We can't afford to be neutral on a moving train

Beyond the Staples Center you can see America
With its tired, poor, avenging disgrace
Peaceful, loving youth against the brutality
Of plastic existence

Pushing little children
With their fully automatics
They like to push the weak around
Pushing little children
With their fully automatics
They like to push the weak around

Push them around
A deer dance, invitation to peace
War staring you in the face, dressed in black
With a helmet, fierce
Trained and appropriate for the malcontents
For the disproportioned malcontents
A little boy smiled, it'll all be well
And say a little boy smiled, it'll all be well

Pushing little children with their fully automatics
They like to push the weak around
Pushing little children with their fully automatics
They like to push the weak around
Pushing little children with their fully automatics
They like to push the weak around

Push the weak around
Push the weak around




Push the weak around
They like to push the weak around

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to System of a Down's "Deer Dance" express a strong criticism of police brutality and the dehumanization of society. The first two verses describe a protest and the police presence that sponsors fear among protesters. The third verse takes a broader perspective, suggesting that these problems are part of a larger social issue in America, where the country is seen as tired, poor, and disgraced. The fourth verse returns to the specific issue of police brutality, depicting children being pushed around by police who enjoy the power they hold over the weak. Finally, the lyrics suggest a way out of this cycle of violence and oppression with the image of a "deer dance," an invitation to peace.


The image of "circumventing circuses" in the opening line suggests a sense of chaos and disorder, while "lamenting in protest" implies a strong emotional response to the problems being addressed. The phrase "rubber bullet kisses" is particularly striking, as it suggests that the police use violence against protesters as a form of intimacy or even affection. The reference to America's "avenging disgrace" suggests that the country's problems are not only internal but are also a result of external forces seeking revenge for past injustices. The chorus, which repeats the phrase "pushing little children with their fully automatics," is a powerful indictment of police brutality and the dehumanization of society in general. The final verse's image of a little boy smiling and saying that "it'll all be well" suggests that there is still hope for peace and reconciliation.


Line by Line Meaning

Circumventing circuses lamenting in protest
Avoiding gatherings that represent a circus, crying out in anger and sadness.


To visible police, presence sponsored fear
The presence of police instills fear in individuals, which is backed by the government.


Battalions of riot police with rubber bullet kisses
Groups of riot police armed with rubber bullets that can still inflict harm are present.


Baton courtesy, service with a smile
Even when using violent batons, the police are polite and courteous.


Beyond the Staples Center you can see America
Staples Center is an American landmark, and beyond it, you can see the country itself.


With its tired, poor, avenging disgrace
America is filled with people who are poor and exhausted from struggling, and they are seeking revenge for their situation.


Peaceful, loving youth against the brutality
Young people who advocate for peace and love stand up against the cruel and inhumane treatment of others.


Of plastic existence
The artificial and phony lifestyle that people are living in, lacking real emotions and experiences.


Pushing little children with their fully automatics
Children with loaded weapons are being ordered to bully those weaker than they are.


They like to push the weak around
The more powerful individuals enjoy exerting their dominance over those who are weaker and can't fight back.


A rush of words, pleading to disperse
People are shouting at each other to start fighting in different directions.


Upon your naked walls, alive
Your walls have come to life in a strange way, and they feel alive and present.


A political call, the fall guy accord
A call of a political group to target someone as the fall guy to take the blame for their political missteps.


We can't afford to be neutral on a moving train
We cannot remain impartial or silent regarding an ongoing movement that is quickly gaining momentum.


A deer dance, invitation to peace
A traditional dance that symbolizes peace and an invitation to come together peacefully.


War staring you in the face, dressed in black
Conflict is looming in front of you, and it is all-consuming, as represented by the color black.


With a helmet, fierce
The people involved in the war are wearing helmets to protect themselves, and they appear terrifyingly fierce.


Trained and appropriate for the malcontents
Those involved in the conflict are trained and selected correctly against those who are discontent and challenging their authority.


For the disproportioned malcontents
For those who do not fit in with the social norms and are not living under fair conditions.


A little boy smiled, it'll all be well
Despite the ongoing conflicts, a young child smiles, conveying that everything will be okay in the end.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian, John Dolmayan, Serj Tankian

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@thedogfromraditude5449

Serj Tankian is one of the best vocalists in metal. His delivery on this song is top-tier, especially the clean parts.

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This, and I can't stress it enough, is not metal by any standards. I'm a big fan of SOAD. But it's not metal.

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@@sethchilders it's rock and metal though

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