"Throes Of Rejection" as written by and Vincent Paul/abbott Abbott....
This is feeding what I am.
It's like salt poured into a deep, infected wound. It's the
type of pain you really dig and long for. I've always been
Insecure to open up and show love. Some pretty girl with
Long hair, some bald guy writhing.
The kind that's self induced. The tongue that's
Bitten through. The nauseating stab. Is feeding what
I am. A short fuse.

If there really is a god, then it's punishing me constantly.
She let me taste that sugarhole and of course, I wanted

But no. I'm reduced to a Rottypanol snort and a lot of drinks.
This shit goes on and on. Just look down my pants.
It ain't a fucking game. My human dick to
blame. A sociopathic plan. Is feeding what I am.
Takes life away from eyes. Will give you to
The skies. It makes me more than a man. Is drowning

What I am.

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"Throes of Rejection" as written by Philip Anselmo Darrell Lance Abbott

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is what many men have had felt during there life.
    Hitman 49on June 13, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is simply what the title says! The great thing about Pantera is the lyrics to almost every song are so well written. Blow almost all other bands out the water in that respect!

    This song is so messed up, I love this album just for the 'fucked up' feel, the head spinning, mind rotting, going insane kind of sound that Pantera produce. Amazing, a truly original piece of music!
    Charlehon February 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit is about love, and how it feels like to have that love rejected. it fucking hurts, and the sugarhole is so good
    krazylarryon January 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe bluesy riff at 4.02 minutes is incredable it feels like being drawn down into a black hole of depression that is so over whelming you could never muster the power to overcome and with little harmonic tinges of pain! Also a great way to ease into planet caravan. gotta love this shit!
    feildson June 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis one is very profound. Definitely appears to be about a man's psyche thrown into chaos from the combination of want of love, want of sex and the failure to achieve either. There are a lot clever images and metaphors thrown into the mix. I think "some bald guy writhing" has two meanings. I think perhaps the narrator is being portrayed as having physical characteristics that are traditionally viewed as unattractive. "Bald" is obvious. "Writhing" probably means weak and frail in this context. This in turn leads to more rejection as he does not have characteristics that women would typically be drawn to. But I think that there's a second meaning here also. I don't mean to disgust anybody but I think it may be a metaphor for a certain part of the male anatomy. "Bald" and "writhing" would certainly seem consistent with the idea of an aroused pen---OK, that's enough. From there, there's also the mentioning of the possibility of a god and if so, it must surely be punishing him. I think that the idea here is that if there is a god, then it has "cursed" the narrator with sex drive. Something that at first thought would be a gift has turned out to be a curse. I think the fact that he refers to the god as "it" instead of "He" also has significance. How could the god be male if he would instill in male humans this "curse"? Then I think the most metaphorical and profound part of all is the ending. I think the rejection "taking life away from eyes" and "giving you to the skies" means that the pain of the rejection is so great that it can lead to suicide. "More than a man" would therefore mean that he has killed himself and is no longer "human" but something "more" living in "the skies." And more specifically than being more than HUMAN, he's more than a MAN--no longer cursed with lusting for love and sex from women. That's my take on this song. As per usual, Phil hits on a very profound and down-to-earth topic that can hit the listener on a very personal level.
    ScreenNameNeededon July 03, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis is basically a slightly heavier version of "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
    Mahtli69on March 22, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI MIGHT BE WRONG. But IMO the parts involving the girl actually *support* my original interpretation below; namely, that the song describes the glory of rebellion.

    The lyrics talk about self-inflicted pain ("It's the type of pain you really dig and long for" ... "rejection - The kind that's self-induced"... "rejection-the tongue that's bitten through"). In fact, the first time the girl appears in the text, she is not denying herself to the guy. Instead, it's the guy who's "always been insecure to open up and show love". It seems that the man decided not to go for it. In real life, this is exactly what happens with shy guys who give up on the pussy and SUBLIMATE (check out the meaning in psychoanalytic theory) their sexual desire into something else.

    Second time the girl appears, references to sex are clear but again, it doesn't seem to me the rejection comes from her. In fact, "She let me taste that sugarhole and of course, I wanted More/But no. I'm reduced to a Rottypanol snort and a lot of drinks" is right away followed by: "This shit goes on and on. Just look down my pants". How could the previous lines be a reference to the girl denying herself if the denial is followed by more sex?

    As ScreenNameNeeded suggested, I think references to sex here are more pointing to the "curse" of sex drive rather than describing a rejection from a woman.

    I'd be curious to hear other thoughts on this, so please chime in if you've got ideas!
    Cornouron July 12, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI really "feel" this song... I just love when he screams:REJECTION!!!!
    JtKon March 05, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentNo, I don't think it's about love, the meaning of this song is much more abstract and general. It describes how a glorious but painful thing is to be a rebel, it states that rejecting creates sometimes intolerable pain, but that pain is nothing when compared to the glory of knowing and being who you really are. This song is a masterpiece and its words will be with me until I die, that's for sure.
    Cornouron June 24, 2010   Link

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