Violent Pornography
System of a Down Lyrics


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Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody fucks
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody sucks
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody cries
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody dies

It's a non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco
Bet you didn't know, woo-oo
Non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco
Bet you didn't know, woo-oo
Non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know
Non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know

Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody fucks
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody sucks
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody dies
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody cries

It's a non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco
Bet you didn't know, woo-oo
Non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco, woo-oo
Bet you didn't know
Non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know
Non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know

It's a violent pornography
Choking chicks and sodomy
The kind of shit you get on your TV
It's a violent pornography
Choking chicks and sodomy
The kind of shit you get on your TV

Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody sucks
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody fucks
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody dies
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody cries

It's a non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco
Bet you didn't know, woo-oo
Non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco, woo-oo
Bet you didn't know
Non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know
Non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know

It's a violent pornography
Choking chicks and sodomy
The kind of shit you get on your TV
It's a violent pornography
Choking chicks and sodomy
The kind of shit that's on your TV
It's a violent pornography
Choking chicks and sodomy
The kind of shit that's on your TV
It's on the TV (fuck)
Turn off your TV

Can you say, "Brainwashing?"




Brainwashing
It's a non-stop disco

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of System of a Down's song Violent Pornography express a critique of modern society and the excessive focus on sex and violence in media. The repetition of "Everybody, everybody, everybody" emphasizes the universality of these issues, with the words "livin' now," "fucks," "sucks," "cries," and "dies" being used to demonstrate the emptiness and futility of human existence, and the lack of any true meaning or purpose. The line "It's a non-stop disco, bet you it's Nabisco" is an ironic reference to the idea that our consumer culture is a replacement for meaningful human connection and experience. The idea that the "kind of shit you get on your TV" is violent pornography, choking chicks and sodomy, demonstrates the band's view that popular media perpetuates and glorifies sexual violence, leading to a dangerous and dehumanizing culture.


Overall, the song is a powerful critique of modern society's obsession with sex and violence, and the danger this poses to our psychology and social cohesion. It encourages listeners to turn off their TVs, rejecting the brainwashing messages of the media and finding a more fulfilling and meaningful existence.


Line by Line Meaning

Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everyone is alive in the present


Everybody, everybody, everybody fucks
Everyone engages in sexual activity


Everybody, everybody, everybody sucks
Everyone is terrible


Everybody, everybody, everybody cries
Everyone experiences sadness


Everybody, everybody, everybody dies
Everyone eventually passes away


It's a non-stop disco
Life is a never-ending party


Bet you it's Nabisco
An invitation to wager, with Nabisco being a popular cookie brand


Bet you didn't know, woo-oo
A statement regarding surprise or ignorance


Bet you didn't know
A statement regarding surprise or ignorance


It's a violent pornography
Rampant depiction of sexual perversion and indecency


Choking chicks and sodomy
References to violent and abusive sexual acts


The kind of shit you get on your TV
This is the kind of depravity commonly portrayed in the media


It's on the TV (fuck)
This is being shown on television (exclamation)


Turn off your TV
A message to detach oneself from the harmful influence of the media


Can you say, "Brainwashing?"
A question posed to the listener regarding media manipulation


Brainwashing
The act of forcibly indoctrinating someone into a particular viewpoint or ideology




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

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Lyrics:

Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody fucks
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody sucks
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody cries
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody dies

It's a non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco
Bet you didn't know
Non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco
Bet you didn't know
Non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know
Non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know

Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody fucks
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody sucks
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody dies
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody cries

It's a non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco
Bet you didn't know
Non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco
Bet you didn't know
Non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know
Non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know

It's a violent pornography
Choking chicks and sodomy
The kind of shit you get on your TV
It's a violent pornography
Choking chicks and sodomy
The kind of shit you get on your TV

Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody sucks
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody fucks
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody dies
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
Everybody, everybody, everybody cries

It's a non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco
Bet you didn't know
Non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco
Bet you didn't know
Non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know
Non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know
Bet you didn't know

It's a violent pornography
Choking chicks and sodomy
The kind of shit you get on your TV
It's a violent pornography
Choking chicks and sodomy
The kind of shit that's on your TV
It's a violent pornography
Choking chicks and sodomy
The kind of shit that's on your TV
It's on the TV
Fuck
Turn off your TV

Can you say, "Brainwashing?"
Brainwashing
It's a non-stop disco



All comments from YouTube:

@zvendiearschficker6664

"Mesmerize" and "Hypnotize" are absolute masterpieces. I can't believe they almost never happened because of Serj's creative differences with the rest of the band.

@raphaelfillos6120

Can you elaborate ? Never heard of that story and it piqued my curiosity !

@derbe8647

@@raphaelfillos6120 same here

@TranceSFX

@@raphaelfillos6120 They apparently had to BEG Serj to come do the two albums. By then it makes sense why they never made any albums since. I got this from an article that quoted Daron directly.

@stonecold5373

System of a Down is an absolute masterpiece.

@Bbelblelo

@@TranceSFX at the time Daron went off, the drummer - i cant remember his name but he was upset at Serj taking all the blame and later he wrote an open letter stating as much, that they all shared a part in not being able to get along and make music. I think its quite true in a sense, but it is also true that Serj wanted to go other directions on things that they weren't willing to follow. That's Daron's take and it's fair to share his side. It's also fair that if Serj had little control over what the band was doing that they would have issues and not continue on. Daron is obviously a genius and really had almost everything to do with how amazing the albums sounded but serj had to fight for a lot of what he wanted to say with it so I get it. Still sadge. They are still friends.

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@apesevolved

the worst part of this song is when you're singing it and forget if they say cries or dies first

@yaaraberger650

and also i cant say "everybody" more than 4 times without stating to stutter lmao

@apesevolved

@@yaaraberger650 weak

@PM-yl6yy

Pain

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