F--k The System

Album: Steal This Album! (2002)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about censorship. It expresses how the government gets to decide what's acceptable and what isn't.
  • "F--k The System" was released on Steal This Album!, System Of A Down's follow-up to their massive-selling Toxicity album. They decided to rush-release it after it was leaked on the internet. The album had no packaging and looked like a home-burn CD.

Comments: 13

  • Gabriel from MariettaSteve, you clearly are one of those people who thinks every band is a sellout.
    SOAD HATES TURKEY and is from Armenia, they hate Turkey because of their part in the Armenian Genocide.
    They are an amazing band with an outspoken view on the government, media, and the man himself.
  • Casey from Glendale, AzThey're not all "from" Armenia. Only Shavo Odadjian was born in Armenia. They all just have Armenian in their blood. Actually both Serj Tankian and John Dalmayan were born in Lebanon. While Daron Malakian was born in American. Just because they have Armenian blood doesn't mean they are from Armenia.
  • Mick from Los Angeles, Casteve, how can they be from turkey when they absolutely hate they're government after what they did with the armenian genocide
  • Stew from Buffalo, United KingdomSteve...its people like you who make me pissed like no tommorow. You have no f--king idea what ur talking about. SOAD is from Armenia. They HATE Turkey because of the Armenian Genocide. You wanna point fingers at lowering the bars of decency, point it at the rappers who use language just as foul but without a meaningful message behind it.
  • Justin from Brownsville, TxLike i Fregen Care i luv soad and i Luv their songs just shut up and quit critisizing it
  • Raymond from Sanger, CaHey um Serj like in all his interviews said he despises Turkey because of the Armenia Genocide.
  • Billy from Perris, CaI don't think any of you have any idea what this song is about- 'cept Sasuke, he's goin' the right way. Serj once said during an interview that he does not plan his lyrics, he lets them flow through him. The government sucks. Leave it alone.
    ..one other thing, they are definitely not from Turkey
  • Rrroba from Pieland, Casteve... ur an idiot... this song is about cencorship, and they r not from TURKEY!!!!!!!!!!!! they r from Amrnia, and proud of it... there isnt much difference betwween heer and there, but this country is richer.. now STFU
  • Skylar from Fort Lauderdale, Flthis song is about the system of the conformists. we need to step of the ladder, and have our own opinions.
  • Sasuke Uchiha from Hidden Leaves Village, JapanWho cares, this song rocks.
  • Blake from Hamilton, OhCensorship is a good theory, but I personally think that the band is just, well, sick of our government. How it says we are a "Free" country, and "How they are perfect" while THEY really suck. I think it is nothing more then that......Maybe that's why it couldn't be on any other album.
  • Stewie from St.john's, CanadaActually, this song is more about censorship, like Petrified Monkey said, but I'm going to try to take it a step further. I think that "F--k the System" is not only about censorship and the fact that the government decides what's acceptable, but as well, it tells people not to buy into it. Why else would Serj Tankian say "We all need to f*ck the system"? Ditch the rules, ditch the government, live by your own code and live in freedom. That's what this song says.
  • Steve from Gaithersburg, MdThis song isn't about censorship at all, it's about MONEY, and how showing off just how being a potty-mouthed malcontent spouting anti-government views and seeking to lower the bars of decency to new depths can line your pockets (or at least those of SOAD) with cold cash.

    Let's see if the song would be this successful back in their beloved Turkey. Serj Tankian et al have no idea just how good they've got it.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

JJ Burnel of The Stranglers

JJ Burnel of The StranglersSongwriter Interviews

JJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.

Goodbye, Hello: Ten Farewell Tour Fake-Outs

Goodbye, Hello: Ten Farewell Tour Fake-OutsSong Writing

The 10 biggest "retirement tours" that didn't take.

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

Ian Anderson of Jethro TullSongwriter Interviews

The flautist frontman talks about touring with Led Zeppelin, his contribution to "Hotel California", and how he may have done the first MTV Unplugged.

Donnie Iris (Ah! Leah!, The Rapper)

Donnie Iris (Ah! Leah!, The Rapper)Songwriter Interviews

Before "Rap" was a form of music, it was something guys did to pick up girls in nightclubs. Donnie talks about "The Rapper" and reveals the identity of Leah.

Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + The Mechanics)

Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + The Mechanics)Songwriter Interviews

Mike Rutherford talks about the "Silent Running" storyline and "Land Of Confusion" in the age of Trump.

Sub Pop Founder Bruce Pavitt On How To Create A Music Scene

Sub Pop Founder Bruce Pavitt On How To Create A Music SceneSong Writing

With $50 and a glue stick, Bruce Pavitt created Sub Pop, a fanzine-turned-label that gave the world Nirvana and grunge. He explains how motivated individuals can shift culture.