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System Of A Down

Prison Song

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“Prison Song” is the opening track to System of a Down’s 2001 album Toxicity. The song was released as an unofficial airplay-only single, and a promotional live video of the song was released. Written by Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian, the lyrics are about the United States prison industrial complex, the world’s largest. The song expresses the belief that the government is partially responsible for the spread of the use of illegal drugs and thus somewhat responsible for the fact that more than half of the inmates in American federal prisons are incarcerated for drug-related charges Though the song is mostly sung by lead vocalist, Tankian, a few lines preceding the chorus are sung by Malakian, who mocks, “I buy my crack, my smack, my... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ They're trying to build a prison ... Another prison system ... I buy my crack, my smack, my bitch

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