Elect the Dead Album

Artist(s): Serj Tankian

Cover Art

Serj Tankian Elect the Dead Cover Art

Tracklist

Empty Walls

length: 3:50
guest electric guitar: Dan Monti
guest membranophone: Bryan “Brain” Mantia
cello: Cameron Stone
additional guest violin: Antonio Pontarelli
composer: Serj Tankian

Your empty walls
Your empty walls
Pretentious attention
Dismissive apprehension
Don't waste your time, on coffins today
When we decline, from the confines of our mind
Don't waste your time, on coffins today

Don't you see their bodies burning?
Desolate and full of yearning
Dying of anticipation
Choking from intoxication

Don't you see their bodies burning?
Desolate and full of yearning
Dying of anticipation
Choking from intoxication

I want you
To be
Left behind those empty walls
Taunt you
To see
From behind those empty walls

Those empty walls
When we decline, from the confines of our mind
Don't waste your time, on coffins today

Don't you see their bodies burning?
Desolate and full of yearning
Dying of anticipation
Choking from intoxication

Don't you see their bodies burning?
Desolate and full of yearning
Dying of anticipation
Choking from intoxication

I want you
To be
Left behind those empty walls
Taunt you
To see
From behind those empty walls
Want you to be
Left behind those empty walls
I taunt you
To see
From behind those empty walls

From behind those empty walls
From behind those empty walls
The walls
From behind those empty walls

I loved you
Yesterday, before
You killed my family.

Don't you see their bodies burning?
Desolate and full of yearning
Dying of anticipation
Choking from intoxication

Don't you see their bodies burning?
Desolate and full of yearning
Dying of anticipation
Choking from intoxication

I want you
To be
Left behind those empty walls
Taunt you
To see
From behind those empty walls
Want you to be, left behind those empty walls
Taunt you
To see
From behind those empty walls
From behind those empty walls
From behind those ****ing walls
From behind those goddamn walls
Those walls
Those walls

The Unthinking Majority

length: 3:47
guest membranophone: John Dolmayan
guest electric bass guitar: Dan Monti
composer: Serj Tankian
We don't need your democracy.
Execute them kindly for me.
Take them by their filthy nostrils
Put them up in doggy hostels.

We don't need your hypocrisy
Execute real democracy.
Post-industrial society
The unthinking majority

Anti-depressants
Controlling tools of your system
Making life more tolerable
Making life more tolerable

Anti-depressants
Controlling tools of your system
Making life more tolerable
Making life more tolerable

We don't need your hypocrisy
Execute real democracy.
Post-industrial society
The unthinking majority

Anti-depressants
Controlling tools of your system
Making life more tolerable
Making life more tolerable

Anti-depressants
Controlling tools of your system
Making life more tolerable
Making life more tolerable

We don't need your hypocrisy
Execute real democracy.
Post-industrial society
The unthinking majority
Post-industrial society
The unthinking majority

We don't need your hypocrisy
Execute real democracy.
Post-industrial society
The unthinking majority
Post-industrial society
The unthinking majority

I believe that you're wrong
Insinuating that they hold the bomb

Clearing the way for the oil brigade
Clearing the way for the oil brigade

I believe that you're wrong
Insinuating that they hold the bomb
Clearing the way for the oil brigade
Clearing the way for the oil brigade

Ooooohahh...

Anti-depressants
Controlling tools of your system
Making life more tolerable
Making life more tolerable

Anti-depressants
Controlling tools of your system
Making life more tolerable
Making life more tolerable

Anti-depressants
Controlling tools of your system
Making life more tolerable
Making life more tolerable

I believe that you're wrong
Insinuating that they hold the bomb
Clearing the way for the oil brigade
Clearing the way for the oil brigade

We don't need your hypocrisy
Execute real democracy.
Post-industrial society
The unthinking majority

We don't need your democracy.
Execute them kindly for me.
Take them by their filthy nostrils
Put them up in doggy hostels.

(We don't need your hypocrisy
Execute real democracy.
Post-industrial society
The unthinking majority
The unthinking majority

I believe that you're wrong
Insinuating that they hold the bomb
Clearing the way for the oil brigade
Clearing the way for the oil brigade

Money

length: 3:54
guest electric guitar: Dan Monti
guest membranophone: Bryan “Brain” Mantia
cello: Cameron Stone
additional guest violin: Antonio Pontarelli
composer: Serj Tankian
My baby, my baby
Let me know
Because you love me, you love me
Let me go
And you're my lover, you pay me
Twice my size
And on your knees you lay
In my thighs,

Take my hand and lets end it all,
She broke her little bones
On the boulders below,
Take my hand and lets end it all,

My baby, my baby
Let me go
And if you love me, you love me
Let me go,
Cause I'm your brother, your brother,
Have some pride,
And now you love me, you love me
Then die tonight

Take my hand and lets end it all,
She broke her little bones
On the boulders below,
Take my hand and lets end it all,
Broke her little bones
On the boulders below,
And while she fell I delightfully said,

Lalalalalalalala lie lie lie
Lalalalalalalala lie lie lie
Lalalalalalalala lie lie lie
Lalalalalalalala lie lie lie

She took my hand and I let her go
She broke her little bones
On the boulders below,
Took my hand and she ended it all,
Broke her little bones on the boulders below,
And while she fell, I smiled.

Lalalalalalalala lie lie lie
Lalalalalalalala lie lie lie
Lalalalalalalala lie lie lie
Lalalalalalalala lie lie lie

Feed Us

length: 4:32
guest membranophone: Bryan “Brain” Mantia and John Dolmayan
guest additional electric guitar: Dan Monti
cello: Cameron Stone
additional guest violin: Antonio Pontarelli
composer: Serj Tankian
Maybe we believe
She was ready to go
In the morning light
Maybe you believe
That she was made of gold
In the east where you killed her
You lead us
When you need to feed us
You comfortably delete us
When you need your fetus,

You cheat us when you feed us with the lie,
Stars look out and,
Cheat us when you feed us with the lie,
Stars look out,

Goodbye, goodbye,

She speaks unrehearsed
Languages from skin
In the morning light
Painting shadows on the
Faces of the dead
In front of their widows,

You cheat us when you feed us with the lie,
Stars look out and,
Cheat us when you feed us with the lie,
Before its too late,

Do you know that life is ending,
As we go, the dots connecting,
We had our chance to save the garden,
As it dies, our souls will harden,
With these words chastising your conscience
Were breaking through and praying for
Transcendence.

But you deceived us all now,

You cheat us when you feed us with the lie,
Stars look out and,
Cheat us when you feed us with the lie,
Stars look out,
Cheat us when you feed us with the lie,
Stars look out and,
Cheat us when you feed us with the lie,
Stars look out.

Saving Us

length: 4:42
guest membranophone: Bryan “Brain” Mantia and John Dolmayan
additional guest electric guitar: Diran Noubar
guest additional: Ani Maldjian
composer: Serj Tankian
Why do we sit around and break each other's hearts tonight?
Why do we dance around the issues 'till the morning light?
When we sit and talk and tear each other's lives apart.
You were the one to tell me go...

But you were the one for me,
And now you're going through the door,
When you take that step I love you baby more and more,
We need to laugh and sing and cry and warm each other's hearts tonight,
Having fun of everything and loving all our mother's...

Tearing us,
You're tearing us,
You're breaking us,
You're breaking us,
You're carrying us,
Carrying us,
You're saving us,
You're saving us...

You're tearing us,
You're tearing us,
You're breaking us,
Breaking us,
You're killing us,
Killing us,
You're saving us...

Why do we sit around and break each other's hearts tonight?
Why do we dance around the issues 'till the morning light?
When we sit and talk and tear each other's lives apart.
You were the one to tell me go...

But you were the one for me,
And now you're going through the door,
When you take that step I love you baby more and more,
We need to laugh and sing and cry and warm each other's hearts tonight,
Having fun of everything and loving all our mother's...


You're tearing us,
You're tearing us,
You're breaking us,
You're breaking us,
You're killing us,
Killing us,
You're saving us,
You're saving us...

You're tearing us,
You're tearing us,
You're breaking us,
You're breaking us,
You're killing us,
Killing us,
You're saving us...

Ohhhhh...

Ohhhhh...

Forever I lie,
Forever I lie,
Forever,
Forever...

Forever I lie,
Forever I lie,
Forever,
And never and never again...

You're tearing us,
You're tearing us,
You're breaking us,
You're breaking us,
You're killing us,
Killing us,
You're saving us,
You're saving us...

You're tearing us,
You're tearing us,
You're breaking us,
You're breaking us,
You're killing us,
Killing us,
You're saving us,
You're saving us...

You're tearing us,
You're tearing us,
(Forever I lie)
You're breaking us,
You're breaking us,
(Forever I lie)
You're killing us,
Killing us,
(Forever)
You're saving us,
You're saving us...
(And never...)

You're tearing us,
You're tearing us,
(Forever I lie)
You're breaking us,
You're breaking us,
(Forever I lie)
You're killing us,
Killing us,
(Forever)
You're saving us,
(And never...)

Sky Is Over

length: 2:57
guest electric guitar: Dan Monti
cello: Cameron Stone
guest additional violin: Antonio Pontarelli
additional guest synthesizer: Fabrice Favre
membranophone programming: Dan Monti
composer: Serj Tankian
Everybody knows
Everybody knows
That you cradle the sun
Living in remorse, sky is over

Don't you want to hold me, baby?
Disappointed, going crazy

Even though we can't afford
The sky is over
Even though we can't afford
The sky is over

I don't wanna see you go
The sky is over
Even though we can't afford
The sky is over

Behind closed eyes lie
The mind's ready to awaken you
Are you at war with land
And all of its creatures?

You're not so gentle
Persuasion has been known
To wreck economies of countries, of empires
The sky is over

Don't you want to hold me, baby?
Disappointed, going crazy

Not even from the sun
Not even from the sun
Not even from the sun
Don't you want me to run?

Even though we can't afford
The sky is over
Even though we can't afford
The sky is over

I don't wanna see you go
The sky is over
Even though we can't afford
The sky is over

I don't wanna see you go
The sky is over
Even though we can't afford
The sky is over

I don't wanna see you go
The sky is over
Even though we can't afford
The sky is over, sky is over us

Baby

length: 3:32
guest membranophone: Bryan “Brain” Mantia
guest electric bass guitar: Dan Monti
composer: Serj Tankian
Money,
All for money,
Save your money,
Hide your money,
Stuff your money,
Hump your money
Keep your money
All for money,

Waning patience
People's appetite
Disposition
This possession
Dispossessed from all the attractions,
Dancing bears of eroticism,
Self absorbed delusion
Inclusion of dysfunction
I now await the triumphant
Lost baggage, train station,

The causes of ineptitude
Can be traced to my mandatory down,
The causes of my servitude
Can be traced to the tyranny of

Money,
All for money,
Make your money,
Hide your money,
Stuff your money,
Hump your money
Save your money
All for money,

My final surrender
Away from inclusion
I now await the triumphant
Left baggage, train station,

The causes of ineptitude
Can be traced to my mandatory down,
The causes of my servitude
Can be traced to the tyranny of a down
The causes of ineptitude
Can be traced to my mandatory down,
The causes of my servitude
Can be traced to the tyranny of

Money,
All for money,
Make your money,
Hide your money,
Stuff your money,
Hump your money
Save your money
Make your money,
Hide your money,
All for money,
Make your money,
Hide your money,
Stuff your money,
Hump your money,
Save your money,
All for money,
Money, money, money, money.

Honking Antelope

length: 3:51
guest electric guitar: Dan Monti
guest membranophone: Bryan “Brain” Mantia
cello: Cameron Stone
guest additional violin: Antonio Pontarelli
composer: Serj Tankian
Why don't you go photograph
Everything that ever passed in time,
Indigenous traces, tribal chiefs,
Vanishing hereditary lines,
Poets gone wild on the muse
Prophets all destroying the Tao,

When you see that honking antelope,
The secret dance of snakes, the tales of it all,

Nature based being will survive
Apocalyptic days of now,
Poets gone wild on the muse
Prophets all destroying the Tao,

When you see that honking antelope,
The secret dance of snakes, the tales of it all,

Of it all,
Run away with me now,
Run away with me now,
My life,

We are the cause of a world thats gone
wrong,


Nature will survive us human dogs after all,

Why don't you go photograph
Everything that ever passed in time,
Poets gone wild on the muse
Prophets all destroying the Tao,

When you see that honking antelope,
The secret dance of snakes, the tales of it all,
When you see that honking antelope,
The secret dance of snakes, the tales of it all,

Of it all,
Run away with me now,
Run away with me now,
My love,

We are the cause of a world thats gone
wrong,
Nature will survive us human dogs after all,
We are the cause of a world thats gone
wrong,
Wouldn't it be great to heal the world
With only a song

Lie Lie Lie

length: 3:34
guest membranophone: Bryan “Brain” Mantia
guest electric bass guitar: Dan Monti
additional guest: Ani Maldjian
composer: Serj Tankian
Everybody knows,
Everybody knows,
That you cradle the sun, sun
Living in remorse,
Sky is over,

Don't you want to hold me baby,
Disappointed, going crazy,

Even though we can't afford
The sky is over,
Even though we can't afford
The sky is over,
I don't want to see you go,
The sky is over
Even though we can't afford
The sky is over,

Behind closes eyes lie
The minds ready to awaken you,
Are you at war with land
And all of its creatures,
Your not-so-gentle persuasion
Has been known to wreck economies
Of countries, of empires, the sky is over,

Don't you want to hold me baby,
Disappointed, going crazy,

Not even from the sun,
Not even from the sun
Not even from the sun,
Don't you want me to run,

Even though you can't afford
The sky is over,
Even though we can't afford
The sky is over,
I don't want to see you go,
The sky is over
Even though we can't afford
The sky is over,
I don't want to see you go,
The sky is over
Even though we can't afford
The sky is over,
I don't want to see you go,
The sky is over
Even though we can't afford
The sky is over,
The sky is over us.

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

length: 4:24
composer: Serj Tankian
Come lay it down, wont you,
Come burn it down, cant you,
Lay it down, the guns above the ground
Come lay it down, wont you,
Come burn it down, cant you,
Lay it down, the guns above the ground

Nlelith is a prophet
From the prophet came the king
From the king came the pauper
From the pauper came the swing
From the swing came creation
From creation came love,
You don't know what this love is all about,

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
ammunition,
Life affirming and our spiritual trust

Lay it down, wont you,
Come burn it down, cant you,
Lay it down, the guns above the ground

Nlelith is a prophet
From the prophet came the king
From the king came the pauper
From the pauper came the swing
From the swing came creation
From creation came love,
You don't know what this love is all about,

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
ammunition,
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
ammunition,

Buddha, Mohammad and the Hindu


Lost 100
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
ammunition,
People still ask when will Armageddon begin,

Dragging my feet any longer through the
***** litter,
Dragging my feet any longer through the
***** litter,
Dragging my feet any longer through the
***** litter,

Nlelith is a prophet
From the prophet came the king
From the king came the pauper
From the pauper came the swing
From the swing came creation
From creation came love,
You don't know what this love is all about,

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
ammunition,
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
ammunition,

Do we ever have enough,
When we see that blue dove
Do we ever have enough
When we see that blue dove
We want to go where no ones been
No ones been

Come lay it down, wont you,
Come burn it down, cant you,
Lay it down, the guns above the ground
Wont you.

Beethoven's Cunt

length: 3:14
guest electric guitar: Dan Monti
guest membranophone: Bryan “Brain” Mantia
cello: Cameron Stone
composer: Serj Tankian
Brushing, touching, feeling on your shoulders,
Believing, appealing, kneeling in your worlds,
Oceans are combined,

Being that I love you so much
In the end they all will say
Breaking someone elses heart again,

Find the little evil perpetrator
And feed him to the hungry alligator
You want it all,
You want it all,
Love is not about the profits
Nor the riches in your dreams,

The arms of time are breaking off,
Civilization is on tail,
The clocks eliminating time
Do you believe in me

Ive been walking through these dead farms
But I dont mind,
Ive been screaming through these dead
lungs,
But I cant find,

Being that I love you so much
In the end they all will say
Breaking someone elses heart again,

Find the little evil perpetrator
And feed her to the hungry alligator
You want it all,
You want it all,
Love is not about the profits
Nor the riches in your dreams,

The arms of time are breaking off,
Civilization is on tail,
The clocks eliminating time
Do you believe, in me

But lately Ive been blind
You leave me all alone, left in time,
You left me here to die, left in time,
Leave me all alone, left in time,

The arms of time are breaking off,
Civilization is on tail,
The clocks eliminating time
Do you believe in nothing.

But lately Ive been blind
Leave me all alone, left in time.

Elect the Dead

length: 2:55
cello: Cameron Stone
composer: Serj Tankian
Why do we sit around and
Break each others hearts tonight,
Why do we dance around
The issues till the morning light,
When we sit and talk and
Tear each others lives apart,
You were the one to tell me go,
But you were the one for me
And now you're going through the door
When you take that step
I love you baby more and more
We need to laugh and sing and cry
And warm each others hearts tonight,
Observing the fun of everything
And loving all of mother God,

Tearing us, you're tearing us,
You're breaking us, you're breaking us,
You're killing us, killing us,
You're saving us, you're saving us,
You're tearing us, you're tearing us,
You're breaking us, breaking us,
You're killing us, killing us,
You're saving us,

Why do we sit around and
Break each others hearts tonight,
Why do we dance around
The issues till the morning light,
When we sit and talk and
Tear each others lives apart,
You were the one to tell me go,
But you were the one for me
And now you're going through the door
When you take that step
I love you baby more and more
We need to laugh and sing and cry
And warm each others hearts tonight,
Observing the fun of everything
And loving all of mother God,

Tearing us, you're tearing us,
You're breaking us, you're breaking us,
You're killing us, killing us,
You're saving us, you're saving us,
You're tearing us, you're tearing us,
You're breaking us, breaking us,
You're killing us, killing us,
You're saving us,

Forever alive, forever alive, forever, forever,
Forever alive, forever alive, forever,
Never and ever again,

You're tearing us, you're tearing us,
You're breaking us, you're breaking us,
You're killing us, killing us,
You're saving us, you're saving us,
You're tearing us, you're tearing us,
You're breaking us, breaking us,
You're killing us, killing us,
You're saving us,
Forever alive, forever alive, forever, forever,
Forever alive, forever alive, forever,
Never and ever again.