"Cemetery Gates" as written by and Steven Patrick/marr Morrissey....
Reverend, reverend,
Is this a conspiracy?
Crucified for no sins
No revenge... beneath me.
Lost within my plans for life,
It all seems so unreal.
I'm a man cut in half in this world,
Left in my misery.

The reverend he turned to me
Without a tear in his eyes.
It's nothing new for him to see,
I didn't ask him why.
I will remember...
The love our souls had sworn to make.
Now I watch the falling rain
All my mind can see now is your (face).

Well I guess
You took my youth
And gave it all away.
Like the birth of a new found joy,
This love would end in rage...
And when she died
I couldn't cry,
The pride within my soul.
You left me incomplete
All alone as the memories now unfold.

Believe the word.
I will unlock my door
And pass the cemetery gates.

Sometimes when I'm alone,
I wonder aloud,
If you're watching over me
Some place far abound.
I must reverse my life
I can't live in the past.
Then set my soul free,
Belong to me at last.

Through all those complex years
I thought I was alone.
I didn't care to look around
And make this world my own
And when she dies
I should've cried and spared myself some pain.
You left me incomplete,
All alone as the memories still remain.

The way we were,
The chance to save my soul
And my concern is now in vain.
Believe the word,
I will unlock my door
And pass the cemetery gates

The way we were,
The chance to save my soul
And my concern is now in vain.
Believe the word,
I will unlock my door
And pass the cemetery


Lyrics submitted by -L3tH4L-, edited by Mr_Pieces

"Cemetery Gates" as written by Philip Anselmo Darrell Lance Abbott

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  • +5
    My InterpretationI have always loved this song. But today it stopped me like a brick wall. I had married the woman I have been with since she was 15 and I was 16. I gave her almost my entire youth. She is the most impressive, strong beautiful woman in the world. I am now almost 35 and I screwed up! Now being two weeks from having the woman of my dreams divorce me,(Wich I am really at fault for mostly), it took on a whole new meaning. I believe every song is meant to be what you percieve it to be.It doesnt matter weather its supposed to be about death or divorce. Loss is painful period. I still remain in question if I can cope. The most important part about this song is in the title. Every day to many times to count I go in the cemetary. I hope someday I can PASS the cemetary gates and instead unlock MY door (finding yourself). And with no doubt in my mind this is what writer meant. Peace
    sadowskyson February 06, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentto me, this can apply to an ending of a relationship for other reasons than death. he was stubborn and would not forgive her, which he now regrets. he thinks about her, wonders if she is thinking of him. ("i wonder aloud, if you're watching over me") saying he will unlock his "door" is saying that he will admit his true feelings. "passing the Cemetery Gates" is saying he will come to terms with what happened, and go on with his life.

    but that's just what it meant to me.
    uppity_crackeron February 11, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's definetly one of the greatest songs ever in my opinion.
    Im_Nexton September 10, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentJust to set some things right, the song was actually about 2 of Phil’s friends, one committed suicide, and then the other copied him. These were two friends very close to Phil, and they were males. The song however, was written as if it was more of a relationship kind of thing, so it could be applied to other people better. But I don’t know why people think that some girl died, that’s not a true story, I have no idea where they got that from.

    I found this information on an interview with Phil on YouTube, and I’m 100% that’s the truth. Go find it if you don’t believe me, as if your a true Pantera fan you would have already known this, not think some bullshit like "yeah man its true his girlfriend died", as you need to do some research!
    olliewildon July 14, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe obvious take is that his girlfriend died, and he doubts faith.
    Jigokusabreon April 12, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think that this song is about a man who is reflecting on the pain that hes gone through since his girlfriend died at her funeral
    metalhead13on August 29, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentActually... this song's about suicided. Everything points to it, it's so obvious. Firstly, the author is extremely upset with the untimely death of his love. It implies/actually says that she's dead many times: "An image beneath me", "when she died I couldn't cry", "I wonder aloud If you're watching over me", and the shear fact that there's a reverend there who doesn't cry because "it's nothing new for him to see" practically screams that someone is actually... literally... undenyably dead! Secondly, the man is overburdened with grief... he never even let himself cry when she died, which he regrets and considers a part of the healing process: "I couldn't cry The pride within my soul You left me incomplete" He also thinks about her a lot: "Sometimes when I'm alone I wonder aloud If you're watching over me" and "Memories now unfold"... Thirdly, since I proved above that someone close to him literally died and that he is sincerely upset that she died, I think that I can say he took his own life to end it all. He says, "I will unlock my door And pass the Cemetery Gates"... He will "unlock" HIS "door"... in other words, he's going to end his life to be with her... re-read the song with this is mind, every word makes perfect sense with this theory. Thanks.
    kjoelmon March 28, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentActually makes me think of my old girlfriend :( Miss you Kelly
    Armadio2on October 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis means alot to me too paperdoll. I love this song and it means even more to me than any other song. This song to is talking about a person who went through a break up after being together for soo long. The guy is too full of pride that he shows that its ok she gone but later realizes what he really felt for her. But after being seperated for soo long he finally learns to let go and pass the cemetery gates.
    darkwingon May 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is one of Pantera's best; not only are the lyrics completely emotion-grabbing, but the instrumental work is fucking crazy! I Love Pantera!

    LoL, metalhead13, a person can't die at their funeral. If it is their funeral then they are already dead :P

    Crow Graves where did you find out that his girlfriend killed himself?? This song is obviously about the death of his girlfriend - why else would he use so many death refrences? It would be too dramatic if it was just a breakup.
    happy_wasted11on May 02, 2003   Link

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