"Live In A Hole" as written by and Vincent Paul/abbott Abbott....
Full of grief I scream at the wind
Thought I heard the words of others
Imprison myself
And stay in a shell
I won't let you in to have a story to tell
Things tend to drag me down
Don't understand so they hate me now

My fear grips the will of stone
My fear grips I'll die alone

I promised myself somewhere in the teenage life
I'd never submit to the ones I will not be like
Live in a hole
But stay close to my kind
Cause they understand what burns in my mind
I still feel incomplete
Friends are few and far between

My fear grips the will of stone
My fear grips I'll die alone


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"Live in a Hole" as written by Vincent Paul/abbott Abbott

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    My InterpretationFirst I would like to offer a different point of view on this song/album.

    In relation to the other songs of this album, here we are witness to a story of ones life as it unfolds. This song is like a preface in the authors life and the story continuing with the rest being that of the other songs on the album.

    In this song the author is coming to terms with regrets, disappointments and failings within himself. A turning point in his life where he is beginning to break free of the past, to shed ones own skin and start on the path of being. This is more than a song lyric, its a story, a book, a peek into the authors life as he evolves from what he was into what he wants to become. This whole album tells a story.


    "Full of grief I scream at the wind"
    Here he has come to terms and is accepting his failures and limitations, his weakness's. Even though there are no walls he feels imprisoned by not only society and social norms, but by his own self.

    "Thought I heard the words of others"
    He thought he was ok fitting in with society and was fine with just being another sheep.

    "Imprison myself And stay in a shell"
    He realizes that by conforming to a hypocritical society, he has limited himself, compromised his own beliefs and integrity. By pleasing others and conforming to social norms, living by what others say you 'should' and 'shouldn't' do, he has trapped himself inside a limited box so to speak, much like a turtle's shell.

    "I won't let you in to have a story to tell"
    He is seeing people for what they truly are, gossiping hypocrites and is now refusing to simply be a pawn or puppet.

    "Things tend to drag me down, Don't understand so they hate me now"
    He is human and still vulnerable to human emotions, thoughts and feelings. Those who are not capable of empathy show only contempt or hatred towards him and others like him.

    "My fear grips the will of stone, My fear grips I'll die alone"
    These lyrics are printed wrong, i have submitted feedback to have them fixed.

    "I promised myself somewhere in the teenage life, I'd never submit to the ones I will not be like"
    Realizing at a young age, He vows to better himself and not repeat the actions of those whom he chooses not to emulate.

    "Live in a hole, But stay close to my kind, Cause they understand what burns in my mind"
    He may not have everything in life monetarily, but he has stability and identity and the respect of the few that have taken the time to empathize and understand him.

    "I still feel incomplete"
    He is just starting to come into his own, he has his identity and knows now what he wants.

    "Friends are few and far between"
    Most people are fake and are not genuine, nor deserving of his friendship or loyalty. Few are at the same level he is and have earned his respect. The sheep are many...the Sheppard's are few by comparison.

    I hope you have enjoyed my interpretation. This album is amazing on so many levels. Lyrically, musically, historically. A peek into the thoughts and development of many teen heavy metal males of this era.
    SLATANon March 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove the guitar effects in this one.
    king nothing2on April 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Imprison myself
    And stay in a shell
    I won't let you in to have a story to tell"
    It sounds lika a person who got some real problems but can't solve them..
    "Things tend to drag me down
    Don't understand so they hate me now" And when shit happens acts like an asshole and people can't undestand why.
    "Live in a hole
    But stay close to my kind
    Cause they understand what burns in my mind"
    So he sticks with people who understan him (family?)
    "I still feel incomplete
    Friends are few and far between"
    He don't have any normal friends except a few..

    By the way I really like this song...
    JtKon June 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentVery angst-ridden. About falling prey to one's own problems and being unable of solving them. A heavy case of mental suffering.
    Marquezon December 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song rocks and no comments?!?
    I think the meaning is kind of apparent in this song...
    to me, he is saying that he does not want to be like the messed up people around him, so he stays in a little "shell."
    Rocklovinggirlon December 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFull of grief I scream at the wind...

    This sounds like someone that has a lot of guilt and doesnt know who to talk to or breakdown to...so he keeps it to himself, or breaks down when alone?

    what does everyone else think?
    nlegrandon June 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is a great fuckin' song, like all other pantera songs:)
    by the way, it's not "My fear grips the will of stone
    My fear grips I'll die alone", it actually goe's like "My fear grips the will of stone
    My grip fear I'll die alone"
    funny, ehh?
    metallijimon July 07, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:D
    aebon July 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about living in a hole.
    Jumpinthephyreon March 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentto me he's saying that he won't let people in his life, Just his family and few friends. People don't understand, so they hate him. He feels alone and incomplete because of it, but he still won't let anyone in, and he thinks that because of this, he'll be alone, which he fears.
    ivanyon April 05, 2008   Link

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