Saturday, May 29, 2010

System is going down....

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/7298213]

Here are the 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
I play Russian Roulette everyday, a man's sport
With a bullet called life, yeah mama called life
You know that every time I try to go
Where I really want to 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
My girl, you know, she lashes out at me sometimes
And I just fucking kick her, and then
ooh baby She's okay
People are always chasing me down
Trying to push my face to the ground
Where all they really want to do
Is suck out my mother fucking brains, my brains

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
...

Heres my Video Breakdown:
Kombucha is a fermented tea that is often imbibed for medicinal purposes. Kombucha is available commercially and can be made at home by fermenting tea using a visible, solid mass of yeast and bacteria called a kombucha culture or "mushroom". The heath benefits are all wild claims and not one is proven. According to legend kombucha is a mushroom you can make a special tea out of that makes you immortal. The story originated in Asia during the Chinese Tsin dynasty in 212BC. This Eastern Tea was referred to as the Remedy for Immortality or the tea of Immortality. After smashing the dictatorship you are, in a way, immortal, because you can't be sentenced to death any minute now and people will always remember you as their savior.

Now with that out of the way, The roots of this song are based in the book '1984' by George Orwell. In short: It's about someone living in a dictatorship or another government that suppresses the people, and he is one of the kombucha mushroom people, who want to bring down the government and reclaim freedom for everybody. In the end, he kills all the tyrannic rulers and is therefore incarcerated and sentenced to death, but after all, he is feeling better because the end of dictatorship is near.

"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"

The video begins with a reenactment from the movie Network of a news reporter saying:
"Good evening, I'm Eric Olas. NATO forces bomb Serbia and Kosovo. An unidentified man is being held for questioning by the FBI for suspected links to last month's biological virus deaths. In local news, a dog named Hero takes the grand prize at the annual- I wish I could tell you more pertinent news, but we're in a rating system here, and the key factor is 'sensationalism'. They've got you running in circles, 9 to 5, *static, then TV image resets* and 5 to 9... you're mine! I tell you what they want you to know, and you consider it the truth. Nobody is opening their eyes! Our global economy is depleting the world of our lives and natural resources! AND ARE YOU HAPPY?! COME ON! I WORK FOR THE SYSTEM!" Unfortunately the video I decided to go with had that portion cut.

In the video you see the line "Aspartame kills!" every time 'Sugar' is said. In the novel "1984" you can't get any sugar anywhere, only aspartame or saccharine, because it's claimed by the members of the inner party. The Inner Party upper class of Oceanian society enjoy the highest standard of living. The antagonist O'Brien, resides in a clean and comfortable apartment, with a pantry well stocked with quality foodstuffs (wine, coffee, sugar, etc.), denied to the general populace, the Outer Party and the Proles, who consume synthetic foodstuffs; liquor, Victory Gin, aspartame and cigarettes are of low quality. Also, aspartame has been linked to people having uncontrollable homicidal tendencies, and an increase in the numbers of brain tumors as suggested in a report by the World Health Organization. In the lyrics Serj makes reference to violence: 'My girlfriend she lashes out sometimes and then I just fucking kick her then baby, she's ok.

The lyric "I got a gun the other day from Sako. It's cute, small, fits right in my pocket. Yeah, right in my pocket" is a reference to Sako Finland. SAKO, Limited is a Finnish firearm manufacturer located in Riihimäki. I've heard a lot of the theories on who sako is, this is the only one that makes sense...and im the one who came up with it.

In the long and short, i think the song is about pulling people's focus from the real issues by placing fear in insignificant things. It always amazes me when huge things are going on economically and nationally...then swine flu happens, and everyone forgets for a bit. Huh, Wha, War? But the swine flu will get me!


But that's just my two cents.