Stealing Society – Decoding the Chaos of Modernity


You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for System of a Down's Stealing Society at Lyrics.org.
Article Contents:
  1. Music Video
  2. Lyrics
  3. Song Meaning
  4. Between the Skies and Suns – An Allusion to Cosmic Duality
  5. Hollywood Hedonism and the ‘Dead Movie Star’ – A Cultural Decay
  6. The Intensity of Existence and the Search for a High
  7. Deciphering the Hidden Meaning – A Symphony of Discontent
  8. Repeat After Me: The Inescapable Hook and Memorable Lines

Lyrics

Yeah
Alright
Yeah
Alright

Two skies
Watching it all fading
Two skies
Living it all fading
Two skies
Watching it all fading
Two skies fading, one’s abating
Two suns
Living it all, dying
Two suns fighting, one’s abiding

Two suns
Watching them both fighting
Two suns
Seeing them both dying
Two suns
Watching them both fighting
Two suns fighting, one’s abiding
Two skies
Seeing them both dying
Two skies fading, one’s abating

Ah-ah-ah

Crack pipes, needles, PCP and fast cars
Kind of mix really well in a dead movie star
When I feel like talking, I’ll never be wrong
If I feel like walking, you best come along

I close my windows, crack the heat up high
‘Til my palms are wet and my tongue is dry
I’m looking for a mother that’ll get me high
Just a stupid motherfucker, if I die, I die, I’m a

Midnight
Fist fight
Looking for a mother that will get me high
Just a stupid motherfucker, if I die, I die, I’m a

Midnight
Fist fight
Looking for a mother that will get me high
Just a stupid motherfucker, if I die, I die, alright

I’m looking for a mother that will get me high (two suns fighting)
Just a stupid motherfucker, if I die, I die, alright (one’s abiding)
Looking for a mother that will get me high (two skies fading)
Just a stupid motherfucker, if I die, I die (one’s abating)

‘Cause I’m looking for a mother that will get me high (two suns fighting)
Just a stupid motherfucker, if I die, I die (one’s abiding)
Yeah, I am looking for a mother that will get me high (two skies, two suns)
And I’m a stupid motherfucker, if I die, I die, alright (watching them all go)

Yeah
Alright
Yeah
Alright

Full Lyrics

When System of a Down released ‘Stealing Society’ on their album ‘Hypnotize’, they once again proved their mastery in condensing the tumultuous spirit of the times into a furiously paced, three-and-a-half-minute sonic assault. Like much of their catalog, this track is a kaleidoscopic amalgam of pointed social commentary, personal confession, and an unfettered desire to push the boundaries of what music can convey.

Beneath the immediate frenzy of ‘Stealing Society’ lies a carefully layered critique of contemporary chaos. Delving into the song’s lyrics reveals a mirror held up to civilization, a dystopian reflection fraught with the vices and strife of a society in the midst of its own slow implosion.

Between the Skies and Suns – An Allusion to Cosmic Duality

System of a Down has a penchant for incorporating rich, allegorical imagery into their lyricism. The ‘two skies’ and ‘two suns’ motif creates a tapestry of existential struggle — a battle between fading convictions and the unavoidable decay all civilizations face. The skies and suns could symbolize opposing forces within society or within the self; political dichotomies, personal dilemmas, the eternal tussle between life and death.

‘Watching it all fading’ and ‘one’s abating’ is not just a resignation to entropy, but also a commentary on the passivity with which we observe our own decline. The fighting suns, meanwhile, suggest an internal and external contention that rages within society and the self, never yielding a victor, only further division.

Hollywood Hedonism and the ‘Dead Movie Star’ – A Cultural Decay

The song descends into an audible frenzy with the refrain, ‘Crack pipes, needles, PCP and fast cars / Kind of mix really well in a dead movie star.’ Here the lyrics paint a scathing portrait of Hollywood culture, symbolizing the larger landscape of social decay. System of a Down distills the public’s obsession with celebrity downfall and excess, ultimately questioning what we glorify and why.

The ‘dead movie star’ serves as a morbid icon, an exaggerated personification of how society’s cravings for escapism and a hyper-real existence can backfire. The image embroils the sublime with the abject – public figures are often romanticized even in their most destructive behaviors because they reflect the secret fantasies of a society stealing away from reality.

The Intensity of Existence and the Search for a High

The repetitive pleas for a ‘mother that’ll get me high’ suggest an almost primal longing for an escape, for nourishment in the broadest sense, or perhaps, for the embrace of oblivion. It speaks to the relentless pursuit of euphoria against the bleak backdrop of modern life’s struggles. Each self-deprecating confession, ‘Just a stupid motherfucker, if I die, I die,’ is both a challenge and a surrender, an existential dare thrown at the face of fate.

Within the swagger of these lines, something more potently nihilistic bubbles to the surface. There’s a pervasive sense that the speaker in the song is flirting with self-destruction, an acknowledgement that the ultimate high — the risk of death — is a gamble they are willing to make. The song doesn’t romanticize this so much as lay it bare, warts and all.

Deciphering the Hidden Meaning – A Symphony of Discontent

‘Stealing Society’ is emblematic of System of a Down’s layered approach to songwriting. While the surface offers adrenalized auditory chaos, the heart of the song pumps with a complex blood. The seemingly nonsensical outbursts are fragments of a grander statement about our collective cognitive dissonance, and how, as a society, we pilfer our future with our present actions.

Beneath the lyrics steeped in aberrations lies a call to witness the perverse carnival of modern life — the spectacle of self-destruction, addiction, and the mindless consumption that underscores so much of what passes for cultural engagement. The true ‘theft’ is that of clarity, of purpose, of life undiluted by immediate gratification. System of a Down challenges the listener to confront the societal theft that they partake in, knowingly or not.

Repeat After Me: The Inescapable Hook and Memorable Lines

System of a Down’s distinct ability to craft lines that burrow into the listener’s mind is on full display. ‘Midnight fistfight / Looking for a mother that will get me high’ is chanted with an infectious cadence, one that is as likely to incite a visceral reaction as to provoke contemplation. Such is the power of the band’s delivery that even the most seemingly indignant utterances resonate with a defiant poignancy.

The stark repetition throughout ‘Stealing Society’ embeds itself in the psyche not just as a memorable hook, but as a mantra representative of society’s cyclical plunge into escapism and self-destruction. The lines repeat, loop, and spiral, much like the patterns that exist in the social and personal spheres they criticize, ensuring that once heard, they are not easily forgotten.

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