Holy Mountains
System of a Down Lyrics


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Can you feel their haunting presence?
Can you feel their haunting presence?

Liar, Killer, Demon
Back to the river Aras

Someone's blank stare deemed it warfare
Liar, Killer, Demon
Back to the river Aras

Freedom, Freedom, Free, Free

Can you hear the holy mountains?

Liar, Killer, Demon
Back to the river Aras

Someone's mouth said paint them all red

Liar, Killer, Demon
Back to the river Aras

Freedom, Freedom, Free, Free

They have all returned
Resting on the mountainside
We have learned that you have no

They have returned
Resting on the mountainside
We have learned that you have no

Honor, Murderer, Sodomizer
Back to the river Aras

They have returned
Resting on the mountainside
We have learned that you have no

Honor, Murderer, Sodomizer
Back to the river Aras





Freedom, Freedom, Free, Free

Overall Meaning

The song 'Holy Mountains' by System of a Down touches on political and historical issues concerning Armenia and the Armenian Genocide. The haunting presence referred to could be that of the spirits of those who were killed during the genocide in 1915, which is seen as a national tragedy in Armenia. The repetitive use of the words Liar, Killer, and Demon to refer to someone or a group of people could be seen as an indictment of those who perpetrated the genocide or those who deny that it ever occurred.


The river Aras referred to in the song is the border between Armenia and Turkey. During the genocide, many Armenian bodies were dumped in this river, and their blood would have turned the river red. The phrase "Someone's blank stare deemed it warfare" could be interpreted as the fact that the Ottoman Empire saw the Armenian people as a threat to their power and therefore used violence against them. The last part of the song, which talks about the mountainside and people coming back, could be referring to the resilience of the Armenian people and their continued hope for freedom and justice.


Line by Line Meaning

Can you feel their haunting presence?
Do you notice the lingering impact of past events or people?


Liar, Killer, Demon Back to the river Aras
Those who have committed atrocities should be exiled and punished accordingly.


Someone's blank stare deemed it warfare
Even passive or indifferent behavior can enable or escalate conflict.


Freedom, Freedom, Free, Free
The pursuit of freedom is a powerful driving force for many.


Can you hear the holy mountains?
Do you sense the significance and sacredness of nature?


Someone's mouth said paint them all red
Words have the power to incite violence and perpetuate harmful actions.


They have all returned Resting on the mountainside We have learned that you have no
Those who have been wronged or oppressed often seek refuge and sanctuary.


Honor, Murderer, Sodomizer Back to the river Aras
Those who have violated others' dignity or humanity should be held accountable and face consequences.


Freedom, Freedom, Free, Free
The pursuit of freedom is a powerful driving force for many.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: DARON MALAKIAN, SERJ TANKIAN

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