P.L.U.C.K. – System of a Down

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the first but still less known and most denied genocide of the 20th century. Just 21 countries in the world have recognised...

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the first but still less known and most denied genocide of the 20th century. Just 21 countries in the world have recognised the bloody massacre of almost 1,5 million of Armenians in 1915 as “genocide”. Mostly because the Turkish (at those times Ottomans) refuse to acknowledge it; and so, being Turkey a strategical partner for many countries in the world (and a prominent member of the NATO), this tragedy still fails to gain a widely accepted recognition and a common knowledge.

Through Sounds from the Bucket we can revisit this horrible time through the wonderful notes and powerful lyrics by an Armenian-American band called System Of A Down (SOAD).

The four members (Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan) are all descendants of Armenian genocide survivors and they are all committed to the recognition of it.

They wrote several songs about the genocide, e.g. Holy Mountains. The one we present to you today is called P.L.U.C.K., which is the acronym of “Politically Lying Unholy Cowardly Killers”.

If the title is not enough, let’s have a look at the lyrics:

Elimination Why,
Die Walk Down
A whole race Genocide,
Taken away all of our pride,
A whole race Genocide,
Taken away,
Watch Them all fall down.
Revolution, the only solution,
The armed response of an entire nation,
Revolution, the only solution,
We’ve taken all your shit, now it’s time for restitution.
Recognition, Restoration, Reparation,
Recognition, Restoration, Reparation,
Watch them all fall down.
Revolution, the only solution,
The armed response of an entire nation,
Revolution, the only solution,
We’ve taken all your shit, now it’s time for restitution.
The plan was mastered and called Genocide (Never want to see you around)
Took all the children and then we died, (Never want to see you around)
The few that remained were never found, (Never want to see you around)
All in a system of Down…Down…
Down…Down…Walk Down…
Watch them all fall down,
Revolution, the only solution,
The armed response of an entire nation,
Revolution, the only solution,
We’ve taken all your shit, now it’s time for restitution.
The plan was mastered and called Genocide (Never want to see you around)
Took all the children and then we died, (Never want to see you around)
The few that remained were never found, (Never want to see you around)
All in a system, down

This song is featured in the first and self-titled album of SOAD. In the linear notes, it reads, “System of a Down would like to dedicate this song to the memory of the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide, perpetrated by the Turkish Government in 1915.” It is clear how the whole song (both music and lyrics) is a scream against the Turkish Government and its denial of the genocide.

It is worth to underline that “Die walk down” seems to refer to the death marches, when thousand of Armenians were marched out from cities into the Syrian desert and walked to death.

In this 100th anniversary, we would like to dedicate this song to all those governments who still deny this massacre for diplomatic reasons or just for national interests.

P.L.U.C.K. – System of a Down
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Marco Principia

Born in Rome, his beloved city. Graduated with honors in Political Science and International Relations at Università degli Studi "Roma Tre". Expert of current affairs and United Nations. Recently attended a course in Humanitarian Emergency at INTERSOS. Currently employed at CIES - ONLUS in the Coordination and Organization Office for Interpreting and Translation Service for Territorial Commissions for the Recognition of International Protection. Huge fan of A.S. Roma.
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