"Shedding Skin" as written by and Vincent Paul/abbott Abbott....
I don't want you to look at me while I'm shedding
Skin. I can't afford for you to see what's inside me.
I'd rather shoot myself than have you watch me. I
Feel you'd steal my skin to try and wear me.
I was betrayed, one more day of my short life. You were
Carried away. You had no shame. To suffocate my being.
I was me, but you weren't you. You were sticking to me like
a scab...so I peeled you away, and bled for days. Then
Stepped out of myself.

I'm shedding skin, changing within, I'm falling in.
Through swollen eyes, I dreamed you died, caught inside.
I'm shedding skin, spreading thin, severed stem.
I created the end, I'm killing a friend. I'm shedding my skin.

I don't think you belong in here, I feel I'm sick. Don't ask because
You know damn well where I've been. I've kept a simple
Woman through the thick and thin. But I've found the guts
to sever from my Siamese twin.
I throw you away. Everyday. A dead part of life. Strangling
back. Seething black. In between my longing for torture.
Blood on my face that came from your face. The mix
Of kissing and bleeding. I put you away. I shut you away.
I pissed you away. I threw you away.

I'm shedding skin, changing within, I'm falling in.
Through swollen eyes, I dreamed you died, caught inside.
I'm shedding skin, spreading thin, severed stem.
I created the end, I'm killing a friend. I'm shedding my skin.

You're fucking, and sucking. You're friendless. It's endless.
Your flower has soured. It's endless. You're friendless.
It's harder. And stronger. But no one's been inside you longer.
Or harder. Or deeper. To get you off, you need the fear.
It's never love. Bloody touch. Broken wrist. Needle rust.
Choking throat. Swallowed teeth. Head fuck. No peace.
I'm shedding my skin to peel you off of me.
You've got to love me.
Ornament. Shrunken head. Playtoy. Snake strike. Poisonous.
Syphillis. Drenched me. Soaked me.
I'm shedding my skin to drain you out of me.
You've got to hate me.


Lyrics submitted by -L3tH4L-

"Shedding Skin" as written by Philip Anselmo Darrell Lance Abbott

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +1
    General CommentYeah this is one of their best songs ever(And thats saying something).

    I would guess it's about a lover that he treated him wrong and he has had enough of it, so he is moving on.

    And then towards the end, well I dunno Phil gets a little scary.
    Im_Nexton September 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy friend thinks this song is about a friend or lover who betrays Phil and Phil is moving on and he's changing to avoid it from happening again. No matter the pain or cost.
    Fucking brutal song, my favorite off Far Beyond Driven.
    Eliminationon February 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIMO It's about a woman he's been trying to breakup with and she uses sex to keep him in her life, even though they are not friendly anymore.So he ends up treating her bad so she will hate him , so he can get rid of her forever.
    frankyspon August 26, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy has no one commented on this?! This song rules!!
    MuRdErDoLLz_PuNkon August 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI meant, a lover that HAD treated him wrong. Sorry
    Im_Nexton September 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song, I don't get the end part Phil must have some sick fetishes or something.
    Muzzyon March 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentman, i have some fetishes too
    PanterA fetishes!
    THEY F**KEN ROCK!!!!!

    this is probably way off track but to me this song sounds like its about [phil] having an abusive lover or something, or maybe somebody who is just really clingy [like a siamese twin], and then in the end he ends up abusing her to try & get rid of her... ?? Dunno..... ?? Anybody got ideas?
    happy_wasted11on May 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree. Clearly it's about a significant other who he gets tired of her abuse and eventually kills her "Blood on my face that came from your face.. I put you away.. I shut you away" etc.

    What I like about this song is how Phil compares the act of "shedding skin" to the getting rid of his significant other, just basically getting rid of her for good, and "stepping out of himself" into a brand new "him"! Just as a snake sheds all of its iritating skin and leaves it behind, and after it sheds it brand new, clean, and purged
    SpilltheBloodon December 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPnatera, Insane, This song conflects with so much in my life right now. but yeah it was about a lover phil had that hurt him so much he felt betrayed and he threw her away after she'd hurt him so much.
    Otsego_t1on February 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPantera!, Insane, This song conflects with so much in my life right now. but yeah it was about a lover phil had that hurt him so much he felt betrayed and he threw her away after she'd hurt him so much.
    Otsego_t1on February 07, 2007   Link

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