I do not listen to System of a Down for obvious reasons. One simply because I’m old. They do have an interesting song, Aerials, I ran across.
As I’ve said before, once an artist puts the words out for public consumption, the interpretation is up to the people reading or listening—no matter the extent the writer of the words disagrees with said interpretation.
And, your interpretation may be entirely different than mine.
Another thing I’ve mentioned before is how a longing for God or heaven is evident in many songs. So, I see that in these words.
Life is a waterfall, we’re one in the river. This reminds me of John Donne’s “No Man Is an Island.” We’re all part of the stream of humanity—however much we long to escape it. All humanity has similar experiences. Birth, life, death of loved ones, and our own impending deaths.
And one again after the fall. If life is the waterfall, then after the waterfall comes death. We are one in death. Death is the great equalizer.
Swimming through the void –Here I picture the waterfall again with this line. Within the waterfall, we are in empty space, all is chaotic. Our lives are meaningless. This life is not the reality.
We hear the word As Christians we know the Word was Jesus. When we accept him. we stop all our useless flailing against the water—for none can swim in a waterfall, no matter how frantically we try.
We lose ourselves, But we find it all And that sums up the Christian life perfectly. We surrender to God, give up all our puny efforts, and it is then that we receive it all.
Cause we are the ones that want to play, Always want to go, But you never want to stay, And we are the ones that want to choose, Always want to play But you never want to lose. To give up our puny efforts takes fortitude. We want to play. We do not want to think of what lies beyond the falls. In other words, we want to have our cake and eat it too.
Aerials, in the sky, When you lose small mind, You free your life. It’s when we lose our small minds that we free our lives. What small minds? Our minds that dwell here on material things, the things in this earthly realm. If we want to be set free, we forget self, forget all except God. He gives us the peace that passes understanding.
Life is a waterfall, We drink from the river, Then we turn around and put up our walls. Life is a waterfall, and we drink from it. The waterfall is the stream of humanity, and we often try to find meaning in relationships with our fellow humans. We attempt to put up walls, to stop the flow of water. Again, a futile effort. All humans are flawed and cannot fill the void within us.
Aerials, in the sky, When you lose small mind, You free your life. Aerials, so up high, When you free your eyes, Eternal prize. So, when we turn our view heavenward, we free our eyes, along with our souls and, thus, receive the eternal prize, heaven.
And, my ears, my eyes, my mind may choose to see this song in my own context. For I have lost myself to find it all.