Chop Suey!

System of a Down

About Chop Suey!

"Chop Suey!" (originally, and sometimes mistakenly called "Suicide") is the first single from Armenian-American heavy metal band System of a Down's second album Toxicity. The single was released in August 2001 and earned the band its first Grammy nomination in 2002 for Best Metal Performance. Loudwire included the song in its list of The Best Hard Rock Songs Of The 21st Century, where it was ranked at number one. "Chop Suey!" is often seen as the band's signature song.


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Wake up
Grab a brush and put a little (makeup)
Grab a brush and put a little
Hide the scars to fade away the (shakeup)
Hide the scars to fade away the
Why'd you leave the keys upon the table?
Here you go create another fable
You wanted to
Grab a brush and put a little makeup
You wanted to
Hide the scars to fade away the shakeup
You wanted to
Why'd you leave the keys upon the table?
You wanted to
I don't think you trust
In, my, self righteous suicide
I, cry, when angels deserve to die, die
Wake up
Grab a brush and put a little (makeup)
Grab a brush and put a little
Hide the scars to fade away the (shakeup)
Hide the scars to fade away the
Why'd you leave the keys upon the table?
Here you go create another fable
You wanted to
Grab a brush and put a little makeup
You wanted to
Hide the scars to fade away the shakeup
You wanted to
Why'd you leave the keys upon the table?
You wanted to
I don't think you trust
In, my, self righteous suicide
I, cry, when angels deserve to die
In, my, self righteous suicide
I, cry, when angels deserve to die
Father, father, father, father
Father into your hands, I commend my spirit
Father into your hands
why have you forsaken me
In your eyes forsaken me
In your thoughts forsaken me
In your heart forsaken, me oh
Trust in my self righteous suicide
I, cry, when angels deserve to die
In my self righteous suicide
I, cry, when angels deserve to die

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System of a Down

System of a Down, also known by the acronym SOAD and often shortened to System, is an Armenian American rock band from Southern California, formed in 1994. It currently consists of Daron Malakian (guitar, vocals), Serj Tankian (lead vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Shavo Odadjian (bass, background vocals) and John Dolmayan (drums). more »

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Written by: Serj Tankian, Daron V. Malakian, Shavo Odajian, John Dolmayan

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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10 facts about this song

Song Composition
"Chop Suey!" is a song by Armenian-American heavy metal band System of a Down. It merges several genres, including progressive metal, folk, and experimental rock.
Album Contribution
It is the first single from their second album "Toxicity," which was released in August 2001.
Initial Title
The original title of the track was "Suicide"; however, it was renamed to "Chop Suey!" for its official release due to potential controversies surrounding suicide.
Top Charts Position
The song peaked at number 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Grammy Nomination
"Chop Suey!" was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Metal Performance in 2002 but lost to Tool's "Schism."
Writing Credits
The song was written by four band members: Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian, Shavo Odadjian, and John Dolmayan.
Musical Complexity
"Chop Suey!" is known for its start-stop dynamic and drastic changes in style and tempo, reflecting the band's unique approach to songwriting.
Religious References
The song features numerous religious references, in particular biblical references to self-righteous suicide and angels deserving to die, reflecting System of a Down's mysterious and dramatic lyrics.
Broadcast Controversy
Following the events of 9/11, Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) placed "Chop Suey!" on a list of possibly inappropriate songs, which led to less radio play.
Cultural Impact
Despite controversies, "Chop Suey!" has remained one of their most popular songs and is often considered a staple of 2000s rock music.

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