Chop Suey! is the first single from System of a Down’s second album, Toxicity.
The album, released in August of 2001, earned the band one grammy nomination, which they failed to win.
The original title of the song was going to be “Suicide”, but the name was changed due to unknown reasons.
In some versions of the song, such as some pressings of the album version, Serj can be heard saying “We’re rolling suicide.”
In an interview, Daron Malakian explained,
“The song is about how we are regarded differently depending on how we pass. Everyone deserves to die.
Like, if I were now to die from drug abuse, they might say I deserved it because I abused dangerous drugs. Hence the line, ‘I cry when angels deserve to die.’
The lyrics for the midsection (“Father into your hands I commend my spirit”) were randomly picked out by Tankian from Rubin’s book collection after Tankian was struggling for ideas.