"Lifer" as written by Pepper Keenan and Philip Anselmo....
Free at last, I'm the past,
Undone in unknown prison,
I'm holding on.
Peace and need?
A mouth to feed?
I'm standing way on

The other side.
I'm staring
Right back at myself,
And through it's frozen image,
I'm laughing right back
At my health lifelong
Arms in knots, never spot,
My blood is fading

On the world. Stealing keys?
Soul to me?
And to the brotherhood with what
Writes the pain.
I'm staring
Right back at myself,
And through it's frozen image,
I'm laughing right back
At my health lifelong

I'm a lifer.

I'm staring
Right back at myself,
And through it's frozen image,
I'm laughing right back
At my health

I'm a lifer.


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"Lifer" as written by Philip Anselmo Pepper Keenan

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    General CommentThere's an interview where Phil talks about this song and about 'Lifers', who are, in his words, people who do nothing else except music, who don't want to do anything else except play music.

    This song is about Phil talking about being on the cover of a magazine, he's looking at a picture of himself, his 'frozen image'.

    Also, the lyrics are wrong in every place they're transcribed, everywhere. These lyrics are also WRONG.

    It doesn't say 'myself' and 'my health'. It says 'my cell' and 'my hell', if you listen closely - the chorus actually changes each time you hear it. This is not because Phil was high, this is because there are DIFFERENT LYRICS.

    First chorus: My cell, My hell

    Second verse:

    Arms in knots
    Liver spot
    My blood is paving your woes
    Stealing keys
    Sold to me
    It kills the brotherhood
    Writhes with pain

    Second chorus: Myself, My Deal

    Third chorus: My Cell, My Tale, My Cell, My Hell





    Akaneonon December 24, 2009   Link
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    General Commentyou missed a whole verse there buddy
    bryankashon August 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYa Swan Song is also missing alot.
    Muzzyon March 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyeah,thats not the whole thing! Still,Down's best song.Awesome time change in the middle.
    Razormasticatoron April 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthere is no time change, its just a tempo change


    this song is about having the same mantality your whole life and never following any trends, being a lifer
    BadAcidTripon April 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commenttempo cahnge then. i cant even remember what it sounds like now.
    Razormasticatoron May 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentNola is one of the best harderish rock albums ever created.
    Sandman-Xon December 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthe just took was in the book, which is missing half
    krazylarryon January 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBrotherhood of eternal sleep...for LIFE.
    suckymusicsuckson April 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about living life for the sake of life once you're free, because in there end that's all there is.
    Barry Burtonon August 25, 2007   Link

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