"Potters Field" as written by Frank Joseph Bello, Charlie L. Benante, John Robert Bush, Scott Ian Rosenfeld and Daniel Alan Spitz....
I was told to love you
I was told to try
I was born to save you
I was born to die
I'll always be your scapegoat
You'll never take the blame
You never had a chance
It was your soul to save
I am your one night nightmare
Pain is all you see
The blood is on your hands
I hope you're proud of me

I was told to love you
I learned how to hate
I was born to save you
Your choice became your fate
You can't take care of yourself
How could you care for me?
I am your retribution
When is my soul free?
I never asked for mercy
You told me to forgive
The blood is on your hands
I hope your proud of me
And what I've done to set you free
I can barely hold myself

Fascination, stimulation, stronger as I learn
By his hand, I understand
I was told to burn

Bastard son, your saving grace
Left alone I found my place
I find love in what I steal
You should of left me rest in Potters Field
I was told to.I was told to

Your beliefs turned me into this
Bite the hand that feeds, you're so selfish
Thank you mother for giving me this life
I'll bring down the rapture
Then we'll see who lies

Lyrics submitted by sleighte

"Potters Field" as written by Daniel Alan Spitz Charlie L. Benante

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    General CommentTo me this song means having someone that loved you turn away after the love you gave them and what you did for them, they rejected it all.
    conson October 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWell, Potter's Field is actually a cemetery of unmarked graves - but the lyrics suggest the words of possibly an aborted fetus talking to its mother. On another note, I am absolutely stunned & mortified that ANYONE could not like John Bush!! I feel his voice is metal's finest, but different strokes I guess. ;)
    Stompheadon February 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwell, the song is about abortion, and it's told from the point of view of a person who wished his mother had aborted him.

    It's kind of a "look what kind of piece of shit I've become... it's all your fault because you didn't kill me before I was born"
    PinheadXon February 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song is all about Judas.

    The potter's field was purchased using the thirty pieces of silver that the Jewish temple gave Judas to betray Jesus. Its also where Judas either hung himself (gospel) or tripped and exploeded (Acts).

    Everything else points to someone upset with the results of what a higher power did.
    Commie Bastardon October 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI dislike John Bush intensely, but this is a pretty good song.
    sit-bitchon April 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm fairly certain that I read comments from the band saying that this song was about abortion.
    The Knaveon May 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs and definitely one of Anthrax's heaviest.

    I read somewhere (and this was when it came out in '93 so my memory may not be perfect) that Scott Ian said it was about a mother didn't abort her illegitamite son because of her religion. He then grew up with a mother who was too young to parent and became a serial killer or something. The song is the killer on death row telling his mom she should have aborted him.
    anvilheadsixon November 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIMO, when John Bush joined Anthrax, their sound got a millions times better!! Not just because of John's awesome metal voice, but also they redefined their sound at the time of Sound of White Noise. Worship Music with Belladonna is amazing though.
    DaBu777on March 01, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThere's a place called Potter's Field in H.P. Lovecraft's "Harbert West: Reanimator", which is about a scientist obsessed with bringing life back to corpses. Potter's Field is a graveyard where Herbert West digs up one of the corpses. He manages to "reanimate" the corpse but it turns into an insane, murderous, ape-like thing. It burns down the house, carries out several killings, and is eventually put in an asylum. At the end of the final story, it is freed by another of West's zombies and abducts West, who is dragged down into a zombie netherworld.

    When I read this story, I instantly thought of the line "should've let me rest in Potter's Field" and thought the song must be about that. The abortion thing makes more sense in many ways. But I can see how it could be about a zombie too. He was "told to burn" (his first act when revived), born to "save" West's career/vocation, he's a one-night nightmare who returns with retribution, and West never takes responsibility for the zombies he's created.
    Ldxar1on June 30, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationIt is a fictional first person narritive of a pissed off Jesus Christ. You should have let him die of old age in an unknown grave in israel,the original potters field where they buried the indignate who went against the mainstream of thougt. Master's son to steer the blame of murder by convincing yourselves he died for you. He died for you. What a convienent line created by the ones that murdered him. Hook, line, sinker.. now back to collecting taxes. I love this song. I think if was Jesus. I would pissed off too.
    bernie47on April 21, 2016   Link

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