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"AERIALS" System of a Down

As hea rd on Toxicity (AMERICAN)


Words and Music by Daron Mafakian and Serj Tankian • Transcribed by Matt Scharfglass

All guitars are in DADGAD tuning , down one whole step (low to high: C G C F G C).
Bass tuning (low to high ): C G C F.
All notes and chords sound one whole step lower than written (key of C min or).

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Bb5 Bbsus2 05 AS FS ES GS
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Mode r ate ly S low q = 80
N.C.(Dm)
Gtr. I (elec. w/clean tone and chorus)
Rhy. Fig. I
(strings) let ring throughout

3 end Rhy. Fig.

* repeat pr evious chord


[IDVerses (0:34, 1:40)
1. Life is a waterfall we're one in the river and one again after the fall
2. Life is a waterfall we drink from the river then we tum around and put up our walls
BbS Bbsus2 BbS Bbsus2 BbS Bbsus2
9 • Gtr. 2 (elec. w/dist.)

* two g uirars arranged for one


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"AERIALS"
(I., 2.) Swlmminglhroughthevoidwehear thewordwe loseourselves but we findit all 'Cause
we are the ones that wanna play always wanna gobut you neverwannastay And

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(2nd time ) skip ahead to (ID


we are the ones that wanna choose always wanna play but you never wanna lose
17 Bb5 Bbsus2 Bb5 Bbsus2 Bb5 Bbsus2

~ 1st Choru s (1:16)


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Aerials in the sky
N.C.(Om)
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Bass Fill I (2:22) Gtr. 3

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"AERIALS"
12. When you lose small mind you free your Ille
go back 10 verse (ID
Gtr. 2 repeats Riff A (see meas. 2 I)
23 Gtr. 3
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m] (2:22) IB] Inter lude (2:28)
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Bass plays Bass Fill I (see previous page) Bass plays Bass Fig. 2 (see meas. 19)

G5 F5 ES F5 GS A5 BP5 AS GS F5 E5 05
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[!] 2nd Chorus (2:40)
( I.) Aerials In the sky When you lose small mind you
<2.1Aerials so up high When you free your eyes eternal
F5 ES 05 G5 F5 ES F5 GS A5 BPS AS GS
31 > > > > > > > > > > > > > >

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(3:03)
free your Ille (I .) Aerials In the sky
prize (2.) Aerials up high
(3.,4 .) Ah
F5 ES 05 N.C.(Om)
Gtr. 1 plays Rhy. Fig. I four times (see meas . 1)
Gtr. 3 plays Rhy. Fig. 2 four times (see meas. I 9)
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When you lose small mind you free your life
When you free your eyes eternal prize
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Ger. 2 Ctr. 3 plays Fill I (see previous page)
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*Ctr. 2 doubles and palm -mutes notes on@.