System Of A Down – “Sugar” PV

System Of A Downのデビューアルバム「System of a Down」(1998年)からカットされたファーストシングル。リリース当時、異様な雰囲気のジャケットに誘われて試聴し、一発で気に入った。サージ・タンキアン(vo)の百面相のような歌唱、メランコリックで劇場的な曲構成、重くねじれたヘヴィロックは驚きだった。

よく知られているように、メンバー4人全員がロサンゼルスのアルメニア人コミュニティの出身。つまりアメリカではマイノリティ(それもかなり少数の)だ。アメリカ社会は、インディアンやヒスパニックも含めたマイノリティにとって、差別や迫害のため必ずしも良好な環境ではない。

そこで生まれ育った彼らの生みだす詞と音楽はとてつもなくヘヴィだが、それをどこか飄々と繰り出すあたりがSystem Of A Downの個性なのだろう。

LYRICS

The kombucha mushroom people,
Sitting around all day,
Who can believe you,
Who can believe you,
Let your mother pray, (sugar)

Well I’m not there all the time you know
Some people, some people, some people,
Call it insane, yeah they call it insane, (sugar)
I play Russian roulette everyday, a man’s sport,
With a bullet called life, yeah mama called life,(sugar)
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 dead!!!

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, (sugar)
My girl, you know, she lashes out at me sometimes,
And I just fucking kick her in the, ooh baby she’s
O.K.(sugar)
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,(sugar).

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 sit there, I’ve killed everyone(listen to this reversed-he says something cool),
I’m away forever, but I’m feeling better,
What do I feel, What do I say,
Fuck you, it all goes away,
What 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,
In the end it all goes away,
In the end it all goes away.

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Lyrics written by Serj Tankian
© Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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