Soldier Side
System of a Down Lyrics


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Dead man lying on the bottom of the grave
Wondering when savior comes is he gonna be saved
Maybe you're a sinner into your alternate life
Maybe you're a joker
Maybe you deserve to die

They were crying when their sons left
God is wearing black
He's gone so far to find no hope he's never coming back
They were crying when their sons left
All young men must go
He's come so far to find the truth he's never going home

Young men standing on the top of their own graves
Wondering when Jesus comes are they gonna be saved
Cruelty to the winner, bishop tells the king his lies
Maybe you're a mourner
Maybe you deserve to die

They were crying when their sons left
God is wearing black
He's gone so far to find no hope he's never coming back
They were crying when their sons left
All young men must go
He's come so far to find the truth he's never going home

Welcome to the soldier side
Where there's no one here but me
People all grow up to die
There is no one here but me
Welcome to the soldier side
Where there's no one here but me




People on the soldier side
There is no one here but me

Overall Meaning

In System of a Down's song Soldier Side, the lyrics describe the despair and hopelessness felt by soldiers and their families during war. The first verse talks about death and questioning salvation, suggesting that even sinners and jokers may deserve to die. The second verse talks about parents mourning the loss of their sons, and God himself wearing black in sadness. The third verse talks about soldiers standing on their own graves, questioning their own salvation and the cruelty of the leaders who send them to war. The chorus, repeated twice, talks about the loneliness and isolation felt by soldiers on the "soldier side", where there is no one there except themselves.


The lyrics of Soldier Side are powerful and haunting, offering a poignant commentary on the horrors of war and their impact on soldiers and their families. The imagery of soldiers standing on their own graves and parents mourning their lost sons is particularly striking, highlighting the tragedy and futility of war. The repetition of the chorus further emphasizes the sense of isolation and loneliness felt by soldiers on the "soldier side", where they are cut off from their families, their homes, and their sense of normalcy.


Line by Line Meaning

Dead man lying on the bottom of the grave
A person who is dead and buried in a grave


Wondering when savior comes is he gonna be saved
Questions whether a savior is going to come and save him


Maybe you're a sinner into your alternate life
Perhaps you are a sinner in your other life


Maybe you're a joker
Perhaps you're just a jester


Maybe you deserve to die
Possibly you deserve to die


They were crying when their sons left
The parents were sad when their sons left to go fight in war


God is wearing black
This suggests that God is mourning the loss of the soldiers


He's gone so far to find no hope he's never coming back
The soldiers have traveled so far and are beginning to lose hope


All young men must go
All young men have to go to fight in the war


He's come so far to find the truth he's never going home
The soldiers have gone so far and are searching for the truth but they will never make it home


Young men standing on the top of their own graves
The soldiers who are fighting in the war can envision their own graves


Wondering when Jesus comes are they gonna be saved
The soldiers are questioning whether they will be saved when Jesus comes


Cruelty to the winner, bishop tells the king his lies
The bishop is cruelly lying to the king about the winner


Maybe you're a mourner
Perhaps you are just someone who is grieving


Welcome to the soldier side
A message of the harsh reality of war and the soldier's life


Where there's no one here but me
A sad reminder that the soldiers are alone and fighting for themselves


People all grow up to die
Everyone is born and will eventually die


People on the soldier side
Referring to the soldiers fighting on the front lines of the war


There is no one here but me
A lonely statement about the feeling of isolation that comes with fighting in war




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Daron V Malakian, Serj Tankian

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@bigbadstretch13yrago

LYRICS***

Dead man lying on the bottom of the grave
Wondering when savior comes is he gonna be saved
Maybe you're a sinner into your alternate life
Maybe you're a joker
Maybe you deserve to die

They were crying when their sons left
God is wearing black
He's gone so far to find no hope he's never coming back
They were crying when their sons left
All young men must go
He's come so far to find the truth he's never going home

Young men standing on the top of their own graves
Wondering when Jesus comes are they gonna be saved
Cruelty to the winner, bishop tells the king his lies
Maybe you're a mourner
Maybe you deserve to die

They were crying when their sons left
God is wearing black
He's gone so far to find no hope he's never coming back
They were crying when their sons left
All young men must go
He's come so far to find the truth he's never going home

Welcome to the soldier side
Where there's no one here but me
People all grow up to die
There is no one here but me
Welcome to the soldier side
Where there's no one here but me
People on the soldier side
There is no one here but me



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Lyrics :

Dead man lying on the bottom of the grave
Wondering when savior comes is he gonna be saved
Maybe you're a sinner into your alternate life
Maybe you're a joker
Maybe you deserve to die
They were crying when their sons left
God is wearing black
He's gone so far to find no hope he's never coming back
They were crying when their sons left
All young men must go
He's come so far to find the truth he's never going home
Young men standing on the top of their own graves
Wondering when Jesus comes are they gonna be saved
Cruelty to the winner, bishop tells the king his lies
Maybe you're a mourner
Maybe you deserve to die
They were crying when their sons left
God is wearing black
He's gone so far to find no hope he's never coming back
They were crying when their sons left
All young men must go
He's come so far to find the truth he's never going home
Welcome to the soldier side
Where there's no one here but me
People all grow up to die
There is no one here but me
Welcome to the soldier side
Where there's no one here but me
People on the soldier side
There is no one here but me



All comments from YouTube:

@Jv7n

This is probably the most underrated System of a Down song ever

@ph0n1xz

Literally every song apart from Chop Suey, BYOB, Toxicity, Aerials, Lonely Day and maybe Spiders and Sugar is underrated

@Alive_toon

Tentative, Dreaming?

@ZarroTM

It just fucking dropped

@Maaarina.Renthleiinvictus182

Chop suey...Toxicity....BOYB..LONELY DAY..Victimized.Ariels

@OsamaBinLoadin

Spiders is pretty underrated in my opinion

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@Menkauros

You don't have to be a native English speaker to feel this song running through your veins. But if you understand ... tears in your eyes

@methyumontgomery

Вас не обязательно быть армянином, что бы прочувствовать глубину этой музыки. Я надеюсь)

@syamil.ibrahim

When you hear Soldier Side-Intro as first track in Mezmerize then you played the whole album, then continue to Hynotize, this song as the last track, the masterpiece feels complete. SOAD are genius.

@jonathandouglass5045

Like a Concept Album between two albums.

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