Jet Pilot
System of a Down Lyrics


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Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot
One that smiled when he flew over the bay
Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot
One that smiled when he flew over the bay

My horse is a shackled old man
His, his remorse, was that he couldn't survey
The skies, right before, right before they went gray
My horse and my remorse flying over a great bay

Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot
One that smiled when he flew over the bay
Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot
One that smiled when he flew over the bay

My source is the source of all creation
Her discourse is that we all don't survey
The skies right before, right before they go grey
My source and my remorse flying over a great bay

Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot
One that smiled when he flew over the bay
Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot
One that smiled when he flew over the bay
Where were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot
One that smiled when he flew over the bay
Where were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot
One that smiled when he flew over the bay

Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot
One that smiled when he flew over the bay
Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot
One that smiled when he flew over the bay
Where were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot
One that smiled when he flew over the bay




Where were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot
One that smiled when he flew over the bay

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of System of a Down's "Jet Pilot" paint a surreal and enigmatic picture of a horse with wired eyes that is being piloted by a jet pilot flying over a bay. The opening line "Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot" is repeated multiple times throughout the song, creating a hypnotic effect. The lyrics then proceed to describe the singer's own remorse, which they compare to the horse's. The horse and the singer's remorse fly over a great bay, suggesting that this action takes place in a dream or a fantasy.


The next verse introduces a "source" which the singer implies is the source of all creation. The source's discourse is that we don't survey the skies before they go grey. This could imply the importance of mindfulness in life, as we often forget to appreciate what's around us before it's too late. The song ends with a repetition of the opening lines, emphasizing the surreal imagery of the wired horse and the jet pilot flying over the bay.


The lyrics of "Jet Pilot" are open to interpretation, as is the case with many of System of a Down's songs. Some fans believe that the song is about drug use, with the wire eyes representing dilated pupils. Others interpret the horse as a metaphor for freedom or power. The surreal imagery and repetition of certain lines lend themselves to multiple meanings and interpretations.


Line by Line Meaning

Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot
This line refers to the metaphorical depiction of a horse that is locked up and unable to move, much like how a jet pilot's eyes are 'wired' with technology to keep them alert and focused.


One that smiled when he flew over the bay
The person piloting the jet has a carefree attitude and takes pleasure in flying over the scenic bay.


My horse is a shackled old man
The singer's horse is old and restricted like an old man confined to a nursing home.


His, his remorse, was that he couldn't survey
The horse's regret is that he is unable to explore new horizons and is instead confined to a life of captivity.


The skies, right before, right before they went gray
The artist imagines the horse lamenting not being able to view the sky just before a storm sets in and the skies turn gray.


My horse and my remorse flying over a great bay
The singer's regret is intertwined with the horse's desire to explore and both share a sense of longing as they fly over the bay.


My source is the source of all creation
The singer believes that their inspiration comes from a higher power or divine source that is the creator of everything.


Her discourse is that we all don't survey
The artist believes that their inspiration is a message that everyone fails to see due to their complacency and inability to appreciate the world around them.


Where were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot
The artist questions the logic of the previous lines, pointing out the absurdity of combining a horse and a jet pilot in the same sentence.




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

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