"In The Thrall Of It All" as written by and Philip Hansen/brown Anselmo....
go slow
cruel to himself and generous about it
cruel to the world (it's) not hard to spot it
can't give up
shut up
on a tirade
off the top of his head
so ripe becoming rotten
he's hit the wailing wall
to pass out hard upon
he's kissed the wailing wall
in the thrall of it all
failed his name with no care to hide it
failed escape it's documented
instilled or distilled
the spike or the chill
it's immolation
the lust of non-existence
he's hit the wailing wall
to pass out hard upon
he's kissed the wailing wall
no lower heaven
for his bones
nor handing life back
what it's owed
caretaker careless
of what he's sown
porously reaching
his lowest low
the negative has just begun
joining the war impossible...
in the thrall of it all
headstone tells nothing about him
headstone reads two decades wasted
a funeral pyre
with no one to burn it
(and no one attending)
because self destruction brings misfortune
in the thrall of it all

Lyrics submitted by BobbyjointRitual

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  • +1
    General CommentI think this is most likely about Nathan Gale, but it could also have been written about Dimebag (before his death) or about Phil himself...

    Probably only Phil knows...great track though.
    bugoffon November 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about Phil
    BobbyjointRitualon September 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI see it as a song about nathan gale, Phil clearly mentions some bad attributes (like hitting the wall, self destruction)

    of course if you see this you can think it's about Phil, but he says "two decades wasted"

    1 Nathan gale was in his 20's (2 decades)
    2 Phil's life didn't go downward in 2 decades but only 6 years (1995-2001)

    also, he sings "no lower heaven for his bones" meaning this person doesn't go to heaven, this could be only done by committing a crime... like killing someone
    shadowreaper112on February 10, 2009   Link

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