System Of A Down Producer Rick Rubin Says One Line From “Chop Suey!” Was Taken From A Book That Was Opened At Random

During an appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Rick Rubin reflected on System Of A Down’s hit song “Chop Suey!.” Interestingly, the producer says the line “Father, into your hands. Why have you forsaken me?” was discovered after frontman Serj Tankian opened a book at random.

Rubin said the following:

“My experience is, when you are open and looking for these clues in the world, they’re happening all the time. And they’re happening, often right when you need them… This System Of A Down song called ‘Chop Suey!‘… I think. You know that song? It has this big bridge section in it where Serj, lyric writer—the singer—didn’t have words for this one part of the song.

And we’re sitting in the library in my old house and he said ‘I don’t have words for this’ and we were finishing and it’s like, ok. ‘Any ideas?’; he didn’t have any ideas. So I said, ‘Ok, pick a book off the wall.’ He picked a book randomly off the wall, I said ‘open it to any page [and] tell me the first phrase you see.’

He opened it, first phrase he sees: that’s what’s in the song, and it’s a highpoint in the song. It’s incredible, like magic.

It’s the part, ‘Father, into your hands. Why have you forsaken me?’ It’s wild… The context, it doesn’t really make sense to what’s going on, it’s rad.”

[via The PRP]

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