Protect the Land
System of a Down Lyrics


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The big gun tells you what your life is worth
What do we deserve before we end the earth?
If they will try to push you far away
Would you stay and take a stand?
Would you stay with gun in hand?
They protect the land
They protect the land
Those who protect the land
Those who protect the land
Those who protect

The enemy of man is his own decay
If they're evil now then evil they will stay
If they will try to push you far away
Would you stay and take a stand?
Would you stay with gun in hand?
They protect the land
They protect the land
They protect the land

Our history and victory and legacy we send
From scavengers and invaders those who protect the land
Those who protect the land
Those who protect
Those who protect the land
Those who protect

Some were forced to foreign lands
Some would lay dead on the sand
Would you stay and take command?
Would you stay with gun in hand?
(With gun in hand)
They protect the land
They protect the land
They protect the land

Our history and victory and legacy we send
From scavengers and invaders those who protect the land
Our history and victory and legacy we send
From scavengers and invaders those who protect
Those who protect the land
Those who protect the land
Those who protect




Those who protect the land
Those who protect

Overall Meaning

In "Protect the Land," System of a Down addresses issues of war and conflict, specifically in regards to the ongoing conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region which began in late September 2020. The song is both a call to arms and a rallying cry for those who have been displaced or are fighting to protect their land. The lyrics address the value of human life and ask whether it is worth going to war or losing one's life for a cause. The line "The enemy of man is his own decay" suggests that humanity's weaknesses, such as greed and corruption, are more harmful to society than any external threat.


The chorus, which repeats the phrase "Those who protect the land," emphasizes the importance of defending one's home and country. The mention of "scavengers and invaders" highlights the idea that the people fighting to protect their land are doing so against foreign forces who seek to exploit and conquer them. The song acknowledges the sacrifices of those who have been forced to leave their homes or have died defending their land.


Overall, "Protect the Land" is a powerful song that brings attention to the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh and encourages listeners to consider the value of human life and the importance of protecting one's home and country.


Line by Line Meaning

The big gun tells you what your life is worth
People in power use weapons to control and determine the value of others' lives.


What do we deserve before we end the earth?
What kind of world do we want to leave behind before we all die?


If they will try to push you far away
If someone tries to oppress or alienate you,


Would you stay and take a stand?
Will you stand up for what you believe in?


Would you stay with gun in hand?
Would you use force to defend yourself or your beliefs?


They protect the land
There are people who are willing to fight to defend their homeland.


Those who protect the land
This is a tribute to the brave individuals who risk their lives to defend their country.


The enemy of man is his own decay
Humans are often their own worst enemies, as they allow themselves to become complacent and corrupt.


If they're evil now then evil they will stay
People who are cruel or unjust will continue to be that way, even if they try to appear benevolent.


Our history and victory and legacy we send
We want future generations to remember the sacrifices made by those who fought for what they believed in.


From scavengers and invaders, those who protect the land
Throughout history, there have always been those who would try to exploit or conquer other nations, but there have also been those willing to defend against them.


Some were forced to foreign lands
Many people have been forcibly removed from their homes and taken to other countries.


Some would lay dead on the sand
Many people have given their lives in the struggle to defend their country.


Would you stay and take command?
Would you be a leader and fight for what you believe in?




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Daron Malakian

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Did System seriously just come back?!?!?

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Yes, yes they did.

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They did and it has a substantial reason

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@javis88h 15 years. I was in 8th grade. Fuck I'm getting old.

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INDRID COLD

I was a young man fighting in the Iraq and Afghanistan war in my youth back in 2003. I met some of the nicest of people while deployed there. War is bad, I found my peace in life now and hope you have as well brother.

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