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"B.Y.O.B." is a Grammy Award-winning song as well as the first single released from System of a Down's fourth album Mezmerize. Like their earlier song "Boom!" it was written to protest the Iraq War.

"B.Y.O.B." is available as downloadable content for Rock Band as well as being featured in the game Guitar Hero World Tour, where it is one of the last songs when playing most of the instruments.


Music video

The video for "B.Y.O.B." was directed by Jake Nava.

The music video shows an army of drone soldiers marching through the streets, wearing masks that show words such as "DIE", "TRUTH", "OBEY" and "GOD" like a television screen, with the members of System of a Down playing in the middle of the venue. During the chorus, the band is shown playing inside a night club. Midway through the video, Daron is shown screaming the words "Blast off! It's party time! And we don't live in a fascist nation! Blast off! It's party time! And where the fuck are you?!", when the soldiers attack the night club and force everyone to put on the drone masks (paintball masks) that the soldiers have been wearing, except they depict various television shows and cartoons. At the end of the video, the members of System of a Down are wearing the drone masks, which seem to be playing static.

Live performance

Live, Daron Malakian switches to a reggae-styled riff when singing during the chorus.

The song was performed on May 7, 2005 on Saturday Night Live, 10 days before the release of the album Mezmerize. During this performance, towards the end of the song (during the downward guitar slide, following the line "Why do they always send the poor?"), guitarist Daron Malakian screamed, "Fuck yeah!". This was missed by television censors, and it became a controversial matter for a few days thereafter. However, the rest of the song was able to be censored on time without any trouble.

When performed at the MTV Europe Music Awards, the line "And we don't live in a fascist nation" was changed to "This ain't no bullshit political punk rock", a reference to Green Day and the fact MTV labeled them as such.

Track listing

B.Y.O.B. (promotional single)

B.Y.O.B. (enhanced single)

  • The live tracks were recorded at the Big Day Out 2005 festival.

B.Y.O.B. (commemorative single)



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