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We're the day birds
Deciding to fly against the sky
Within our dreams, we all wake up
To kiss the ones who are born to die

We're the greying herds
Hurting each other with our lives
Within our dreams, we all wake up
To kiss the ones who are born...
Born to die
Born to die

The drum fish
They beached themselves in Hara-kiri
The blackbirds
They fell in thousands from the sky
Their red wings
Streaming down from the higher seas
Deflected by the ground
They crowned the sun

They crowned the sun (They crowned the sun)
They crowned the sun (They crowned the sun)
But I believe that they are free
When their time was done (Their time was done)
They were drowned by the only One
(They crowned the sun)
But I believe that they are free
Washed by the sun

Our statues
The soaring edifice of our times
Detracted from the ways of the wise
The future will view all history as a crime
So father, tell us when is time to rise

They crowned the sun (They crowned the sun)
They crowned the sun (They crowned the sun)
But I believe that they are free
When their time was done (Their time was done)
They were drowned by the only One
(They crowned the sun)
But I believe that they are free

We're the day birds
Deciding to fly against the sky
Within our dreams, we all wake up
To kiss the ones who are born to die

We're the greying herds
Hurting each other with our lies
Within our dreams, we all wake up
To kiss the ones who are born...
Born to die

They crowned the sun (They crowned the sun)
They crowned the sun (They crowned the sun)
But I believe that they are free
When their time was done (Their time was done)
They were drowned by the only One
(They crowned the sun)
But I believe that they are free
They crowned the sun (They crowned the sun)
They crowned the sun (They crowned the sun)
But I believe that they are free
And we believe that they are free
Cus' I believe that they are me
Washed by the sun



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    UnregisteredAug 23, 2012 at 4:27 am
    This is just a thought, but "they crowned the son" can also be "they crowned the son," referring to jesus' crown of thorns. To me this song, like other songs by serj, has the central idea that our idea of civilization is in fact not civilized at all. From the conquering of indigenous peoples and wildlife, to the outstanding depletion of natural resources, to the reflection of first-world greed demonstrated by the growing edipemic of obesity while others are starving, to ongoing and meaningless wars, we are destroying our world along with ourselves. Harakiri. There isn't much scientific study on animal suicide, but perhaps serj meant to tie this form of harakiri in with what us humans are ignorantly causing. Well done, mr. Tankian.
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    UnregisteredAug 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm
    Mindblowing song... Never heard of him before and i didnt even listen to s. O.a. D but this is one of the best songs i´ve eeever heard...
    Thanks for this experience
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    UnregisteredAug 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm
    I'm pretty confused cause it seems like its talking about god. Drowned by the only one? Father, tell us when is the time to rise? They crowned the son? I know he doesn't beleive in religion, but that's what it seems like.
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    UnregisteredAug 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm
    I feel that it is about the increasing harm capitalism is causing to our planet, but also the increase in totalitarian governments. I feel the song is calling for revolution, for example the lines
    'we're the day birds
    Deciding to fly against the sky
    Within our dreams, we all wake up
    To kiss the ones who are born to die'. The act of flying against the sky suggests breaking through the hegemony that is deeply engrained within us all.
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    mohavemikeJul 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm
    Serj says his song meanings are left up to the listener. However, his inspiration for this song and the whole record is the unexplainable events that killed thousands of animals recently.

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