Sugar
System of a Down Lyrics


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The Kombucha mushroom people
Sitting around all day
Who can believe you?
Who can believe you?
Let your mother pray
Sugar
Sugar
I'm not there all the time, you know
Some people, some people, some people
Call it insane, yeah, they call it insane (sugar)
I play Russian Roulette everyday, a man's sport
With a bullet called life, yeah, mama, called life (sugar)
You know that every time I try to go
Where I really wanna be
It's already where I am
'Cause I'm already there

The Kombucha mushroom people
Sitting around all day
Who can believe you?
Who can believe you?
Let your mother pray
Sugar

I got a gun the other day from Sako
It's cute, small, fits right in my pocket
Yeah, right in my pocket (sugar)
My girl, you know, she lashes out at me sometimes
And I just fucking kick her, and then, ooh baby, she's okay (sugar)
People are always chasing me down
Trying to push my face to the ground
Where all they do is suck out my motherfucking brains, my brains (sugar)

The Kombucha mushroom people
Sitting around all day
Who can believe you?
Who can believe you?
Let your mother pray

I sit, in my desolate room
No lights, no music
Just anger
I've killed everyone
I'm away forever, but I'm feeling better
How do I feel?
What do I say?
Fuck you, it all goes away
How do I feel?
What do I say?
Fuck you, it all goes away
How do I feel?
What do I say?
In the end it all goes away
How do I feel?
What do I say?
In the end it all goes away
How do I feel?
What do I say?
In the end it all goes away
How do I feel?
What do I say?
In the end it all goes away
How do I feel?
What do I say?
In the end it all goes away
How do I feel?
What do I say?
In the end it all goes away
In the end it all goes away
In the end it all goes away




In the end it all goes away
In the end it all goes away

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to System of a Down’s “Sugar” are quite cryptic and difficult to interpret, but there are a few recurring themes that can be seen throughout the song. The first section of the song mentions “Kombucha mushroom people,” which could be a reference to people who are absorbed in their own world and don’t participate in real life. The line “Who can believe you?” may suggest that these people are not trustworthy or reliable.


The chorus mentions “sugar,” which seems to be a metaphor for addiction, either to drugs or to a person. The lines “I play Russian Roulette every day, a man's sport / With a bullet called life” suggest that the act of living is a risky game, and the singer may be struggling with addiction or suicidal thoughts. The line “Let your mother pray” may suggest that the singer is seeking comfort from a higher power, or trying to make amends with loved ones.


The second section of the song introduces more violent and disturbing imagery. The singer talks about getting a gun and feeling powerful and in control. The line “My girl, you know, she lashes out at me sometimes / And I just fucking kick her” is shocking and disturbing, suggesting that the singer is abusive towards his partner. The line “People are always chasing me down / Trying to push my face to the ground” may suggest that the singer feels persecuted or misunderstood by society.


The final section of the song describes a feeling of anger and isolation. The singer is alone in a dark room with no distractions or comfort. The repeating line “How do I feel? What do I say? / Fuck you, it all goes away” suggests that the singer is either in denial or trying to convince himself that his problems will disappear if he ignores them.


Line by Line Meaning

The Kombucha mushroom people
Weird, quirky people who sit around drinking kombucha all day and may not be taken seriously by others.


Sitting around all day
These people have no real purpose or ambitions to do anything with their time.


Who can believe you?
The Kombucha mushroom people are so weird that their words and actions may be difficult for others to believe or understand.


Who can believe you?
Repeated to emphasize how strange and unbelievable the Kombucha mushroom people are.


Let your mother pray
Regardless of how strange someone may seem, they may have someone who loves them enough to pray for them.


Sugar
An interlude that breaks up each section of the song and provides a catchy repetition of the chorus.


I'm not there all the time, you know
The singer acknowledges that they are not always present or in the right state of mind.


Some people, some people, some people
Referring to those who may not understand the artist's actions or thoughts.


Call it insane, yeah, they call it insane (sugar)
The artist's actions and way of thinking may be considered insane by some.


I play Russian Roulette everyday, a man's sport
The artist lives dangerously everyday, taking unnecessary risks that could have deadly consequences (Russian Roulette), something that society has traditionally seen men as doing.


With a bullet called life, yeah, mama, called life (sugar)
The singer is gambling with their own life, which is unpredictable and difficult to control.


You know that every time I try to go
The artist is attempting to change their situation or better themselves in some way.


Where I really wanna be
The singer has a clear goal or destination in mind that they hope to achieve.


It's already where I am
The singer realizes that they are already in the place they want to be, even if it doesn't seem that way at first glance.


'Cause I'm already there
The singer recognizes that they have the power to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals on their own.


I got a gun the other day from Sako
The artist has recently acquired a weapon, which could signify a desire for power, security, or control.


It's cute, small, fits right in my pocket
The artist may be trying to make light of the seriousness of owning a gun or is using it as a symbol of power and control.


My girl, you know, she lashes out at me sometimes
The singer's relationship is tumultuous and potentially abusive.


And I just fucking kick her, and then, ooh baby, she's okay (sugar)
The singer resorts to violence to control their partner and maintain their own sense of power, seemingly without remorse or guilt.


People are always chasing me down
The artist feels pursued or hunted in some way, possibly by those who disapprove of their actions or behavior.


Trying to push my face to the ground
Others are attempting to exert control over the artist, possibly through physical violence or other means.


Where all they do is suck out my motherfucking brains, my brains (sugar)
Those who are pursuing and attempting to control or harm the artist are draining them mentally and emotionally, leaving them feeling overwhelmed and drained.


I sit, in my desolate room
The singer is alone and possibly depressed.


No lights, no music
The artist's environment is bleak and joyless.


Just anger
The singer feels overwhelmed with anger and frustration, possibly due to past experiences or their current situation.


I've killed everyone
The singer has metaphorically killed off all those who have hurt them or made them feel helpless or trapped.


I'm away forever, but I'm feeling better
The singer has cut off those who caused them harm and feels a sense of relief and peace.


How do I feel?
The artist is questioning their own emotions and may be experiencing a sense of disconnection or depersonalization.


What do I say?
The artist may feel like they have nothing to say or that their words are meaningless or insufficient.


In the end it all goes away
Life and its trials and tribulations are temporary and will eventually disappear.


Fuck you, it all goes away
The singer is expressing defiance to those who have caused them harm or tried to control them, asserting that these things will ultimately be insignificant in the grand scheme of things.


In the end it all goes away
Repeating the sentiment that all things, both good and bad, are temporary.


In the end it all goes away
Repeating the sentiment that all things, both good and bad, are temporary.


In the end it all goes away
Repeating the sentiment that all things, both good and bad, are temporary.


In the end it all goes away
Repeating the sentiment that all things, both good and bad, are temporary.


In the end it all goes away
Repeating the sentiment that all things, both good and bad, are temporary.


In the end it all goes away
Repeating the sentiment that all things, both good and bad, are temporary.


In the end it all goes away
Repeating the sentiment that all things, both good and bad, are temporary.




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

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@sonikUk

LYRICS 🎵🎵

The Kombucha mushroom people
Sitting around all day
Who can believe you?
Who can believe you?
Let your mother pray
Sugar
Sugar

I'm not there all the time, you know
Some people, some people, some people
Call it insane, yeah, they call it insane (sugar)
I play Russian Roulette everyday, a man's sport
With a bullet called life, yeah, mama, called life (sugar)
You know that every time I try to go
Where I really wanna be
It's already where I am
'Cause I'm already there

The Kombucha mushroom people
Sitting around all day
Who can believe you?
Who can believe you?
Let your mother pray
Sugar

I got a gun the other day from Sako
It's cute, small, fits right in my pocket
Yeah, right in my pocket (sugar)
My girl, you know, she lashes out at me sometimes
And I just fucking kick her, and then, ooh baby, she's okay (sugar)
People are always chasing me down
Trying to push my face to the ground
Where all they do is suck out my motherfucking brains, my brains (sugar)

The Kombucha mushroom people
Sitting around all day
Who can believe you?
Who can believe you?
Let your mother pray

I sit, in my desolate room
No lights, no music
Just anger
I've killed everyone
I'm away forever, but I'm feeling better
How do I feel?
What do I say?
Fuck you, it all goes away
How do I feel?
What do I say?
Fuck you, it all goes away
How do I feel?
What do I say?
In the end it all goes away
How do I feel?
What do I say?
In the end it all goes away
How do I feel?
What do I say?
In the end it all goes away
How do I feel?
What do I say?
In the end it all goes away
How do I feel?
What do I say?
In the end it all goes away
How do I feel?
What do I say?
In the end it all goes away
In the end it all goes away
In the end it all goes away
In the end it all goes away
In the end it all goes away



All comments from YouTube:

@michaelc1290

You know a song is going to be a banger when youtube warns you

@ConstantlyDamaged

Yeah, not sure when they added that. This song is nearly old enough to get a license and drink—and they suddenly decide it's sensitive and my logged-in ass needs to approve it?

@ChrisPoindexter98

@@ConstantlyDamaged IKR, it might be too based and "redpilled" (the old meaning), anti-establishment vibes, so they're like, "can't let people get access to this third-eye-opening video too easy."

Esp. weird since we're logged-in, yeah...maybe the 100 million plus views on an official VEVO music video scared YouTube, and from what I can tell the brief, real life clips of people hanging is I guess what tipped them over, not to mention descriptions of domestic abuse, actual footage of mass tragedies, and the almost naked gal near the beginning.

Hell, maybe the emotional urgency and rawness of this whole thing might seem "too scary," which...I mean...for a small child, maybe, 🥴 or if one is in a vulnerable state of being. 😳🤷🏻‍♂️

@not_yo_cheez

This is my first time watching it since they’ve added it. It’s weird.

@ConstantlyDamaged

@@ChrisPoindexter98 I have no problem with there being a warning, I just would like, as an adult in their 40s, to be able to auto-skip such (even if I have to see it once for each video, being able to ignore for future viewings would be nice).

@ChrisPoindexter98

@@ConstantlyDamaged 💯 23 here, and absolutely, since we're users, it's like, come on, our "info" is saved there so we may as well have that convenience. 👌🏻

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@DQBlizzard_

The age restriction perfectly sums up the meaning of the song.

@Jero-jq6vv

Yes sums it so high

@APolishPlayer

And still censored....

@nicksmith-rz2dl

So dumb that it's censored much worse stuff on main stream tv and apps.

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