"Stained Glass Cross" as written by and Philip Hansen/brown Anselmo....
Started from the start
Wearing out the headstones
Was the end, was the right
Taking out a life loan

Hey, old man
When I'm going six feet down
You gotta make that promise to me
A stained glass cross lay behind my head

When taken by the undertaker
No questions anymore
It's higher than the black sky
Get you lower than the floor

Hey, old man
When I'm going six feet down
You gotta make that promise to me
A stained glass cross looking down on me

Hey, old man
When I'm going six feet down
You gotta make that promise to me
A stained glass cross hanging over me

I was just a young boy
My father sounded crazy
My death he couldn't bear to see
Either joking, sleeping, lazy

Hey, old man
When you're going six feet down
I gotta make that promise to you
A stained glass cross lay behind your head

Hey, old man
When you're going under and down
I made a secret promise to you
A stained glass cross looking down on you


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    General Commentthis is a great song i cant stop listening to it or down for that matter. . .cfh.
    Despise13on June 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFuck yeah!
    That's gotta be the best fuckin' riff I've heard in a damn long time!

    Not sure what it means, though.
    Eliminationon March 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHow can you not get this?

    Hey, old man
    When I'm going six feet down
    You gotta make that promise to me
    A stained glass cross hanging over me

    Read it. Anselmo doesn't make it hard for us.
    suckymusicsuckson April 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTrue, for the most part, Phil just lays it out there. I wonder if this is a song about him personally. Anyone know?
    robalmightyon June 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, my previous comment was pretty ignorant. I suppose I must have been lazy enough not to read the whole lyrics before posting that, 'cause the meaning is pretty obvious.

    I still say the riff fucking kicks, though. =)
    Eliminationon July 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah, this song's about him...about the way things got bad with his alcoholic father that cared less about his son...I know his father died in 2003 i guess...he said it in a show while performing with down
    Ruxion June 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhat's the significance of the stained glass cross itself?
    Barry Burtonon August 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBlabbermouth.net or the actual Down website, I can't remember which, had an interview with Phil posted where he talked about the meanings of the songs on the Down II album.

    He said that the song "Stained Glass Cross" was about a promise made between a father and son. The promise was obviously that whoever survived the other in death would hang a stained glass cross over the casket or the grave.

    I really like this song, mostly because of the electric organ. Makes me wonder if this song was also their way of paying homage to Deep Purple or any other of their favorite bands from the 70's that liked to use the electric organ.
    crossboneson June 01, 2009   Link

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