"Mouth For War" as written by and Vincent Paul/abbott Abbott....
Revenge, I'm screaming revenge again
Wrong, I've been wrong for far too long
Been constantly so frustrated
I've moved mountains with less
When I channel my hate to productive
I don't find it hard to impress

Bones in traction
Hands break to hone raw energy
Bold and disastrous
My ears can't hear what you say to me

Hold your mouth for the war
Use it for what it's for
Speak the truth about me
Determined

Possessed, I feel a conquering will down inside me
Strength, the strength of many to crush who might stop me
My strength is in number
And my soul lies in every one
The releasing of anger can better any medicine under the sun

Bones in traction
Hands break to hone raw energy
Bold and disastrous
My ears can't hear what you say to me

Hold your mouth for the war
Use it for what it's for
Speak the truth about me
Determined

There comes a time within everyone
To close your eyes to what's real

No comprehension to fail
I vacuum the wind for my sail
Can't be the rest
Let others waste my time
Owning success is the bottom line
Like a knife into flesh
After life is to death
Pulling and punching the rest of duration
No one can piss on this determination


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"Mouth for War" as written by Philip Anselmo Darrell Lance Abbott

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  • +6
    General CommentThis song is obviously about Phil's overcoming of his past. I HIGHLY identify with this song. He's had low self esteem for so long that he has finally broken free from it.

    "I've been wrong for far too long"
    This means he's been going about life the wrong way.

    "I've moved mountains with less"
    This means he has done things in the past that he can't do now

    "When I channel my hate to be productive, I don't find it hard to impress"
    This means when you take all your anger and focus it on something productive, you will have positive results and it won't be hard to impress others with you newfound strengths. Turning anger into production ALWAYS produces RESULTS.

    "Bones in traction
    Hands break to hone raw energy
    Bold and disastrous
    My ears can't hear what you say to me "
    This pre-chorus means he has finally realized he can grasp powers and confidence that were never there before. He's "Bold and disastrous". This means his "NEW LEVEL" of confidence and intelligence can't be matched.
    And the part about the ears not hearing what people say means he won't listen to any discouragements or doubts anyone has about him.

    "I feel a conquering will deep inside me"
    This means he knows in his heart that he is capable of doing whatever he wants, and he just needs to find a way to release it.

    The last part of the song means that he is SO DETERMINED to acheive his goal that nobody can stop him. He will not accept failure as he is emerging from the shell that is his past.
    MrTragedyon October 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMr. tragedy was right, the song is about taking your destiny in your hand, no longer being mr nice guy or telling people what they wanna hear but living for yourself and in turn being the shit
    cubbieon March 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song to me, is about a person you know, and every time they talk they something stupid or not worth saying at all. Getting people into fights and just generally lying. That pisses me off and probably pisses Phil off aswell.
    Fixxxeron May 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i know king, but not long after panteras far beyond driven was the top album, the first ever band to do that as well. i think they should get rid of this damageplan shit an superjoint, an git these 4 hell raisers back together
    southofheaven_666on November 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKing Nothing2, you're wrong.

    The only thing Pantera had debut at #1 was "Far Beyond Driven" the ALBUM after Vulgar Display Of Power.
    ChaseKendereson December 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the first song of Pantera's i had. The breakdown at about 3.05 is the best Pantera you are ever likely to hear. If the whole song was up to the quality, i think i would have died on the spot right then. Don't get me wrong, its still a gnarly song.

    But then i got into more of there stuff, and im very thankful to this song.
    big timmyon March 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"yeah i know king, but not long after panteras far beyond driven was the top album, the first ever band to do that as well."

    Actually, Quiet Riot was the first with Metal Health. Then Motley Crue did it with Dr. Feelgood, then Skid Row did it with Slave to the Grind.
    samwaltonon September 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso, they made a video for this song.
    samwaltonon September 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMr Tragedy's view is exactly what the song's about. Quality band. Some people regard Nirvana as the defining band of the 90s. Fuck that dude! Pantera IS AND WAS metal. Dimebag is a true legend. RIP
    Slash Is Everythingon December 20, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentGood interpretation MrTragedy. I agree 100%

    This is an awesome song.
    Muzzyon March 28, 2003   Link

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