"Stone the Crows" as written by and Keenan/anselmo....
A bout of deep depression.
Can't seem to move it forward.
My lying eyes lie awake.
Not sure what I am after.

I never died before.
Can't live what happened yesterday.
I never stoned the crow, no.
Flip through endless stories.

A life of hand-written pain.
No one can share this hurt that is mine, mine, mine.
I never died before.
Can't be what happened yesterday.

I shouldn't stone the crow, no.
Ride on!
Same old city, same old pain.
No matter how I try,

No matter what I say,
I'm blamed, I'm shamed,
I'm judged unfairly.
So now I've died before.

It feels as bad as yesterday.
I never stoned the crow, no.
You too have died before.
It's more than less of yesterday.
I never stoned the crow, stoned the crow, no, no.


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"Stone The Crow" as written by Pepper Keenan Philip Anselmo

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  • +2
    General CommentExconvictARYAN - put your money where your mouth is and denounce Phil for being French and Italian blood and not Aryan. That's what you believe in, isn't it? Oh, not when it suits you? Ah, OK ;-)
    I believe whatever race and background you are, strength and pride help you and everyone you care about. Fuck illusions.
    Saightonon June 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat, great song! Yeah it's about being Down (strangely enough!) and what you're going to do - kill yourself or get through it, trying to change bad habits and break out of mental inertia. A lot of Anselmo's lyrics are about this kind of thing, especially on Down's first album.
    I'm trying to learn how to sing properly (like Anselmo would be good, of course...) and this is a good exercise. God knows what's up with that man's vocal cords though!
    Saightonon June 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think like Ruxi said the song is about the depression in Phil's life and the feelings of hostility he seemed to breed - "no matter what I say, I'm blamed, I'm shamed, I'm judged unfairly". Awesome fucking line.

    He also keeps talking about "yesterday" so I think it's also looking into the past - he's saying that he can't change the choices he's made or live in the past, but he's sunk to such deep pain that he feels like the person that he was is dying. When he says "I've never died before" it's in the context of "... but now I am", like he says in the last part of the song, "so now I've died before". He doesn't know who he is anymore.

    And "stone the crow" I think you can take as a metaphor for death. In the first verse it has the same meaning "never died before/never stoned the crow", and in the second verse he says "I should've stoned the crow" which I guess could mean two things: he should have ended his life, or (more positive) just said fuck it and done something to change his life, "killed" off his current way of living before things sank to the way they are in the song.

    The last 4 lines.... I don't know, maybe he is saying to the people who blame, shame and judge him unfairly that they are dead to him too. He "thought it sown as yesterday" -- he has never given two shits about forgetting who these people are. And then he ends again on "I never stoned the crow" - he thinks to himself despite all his shit and "killing" those who rise against him, he still hasn't sorted his own life out yet.
    Manxbasson February 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo comments? Fuckin awesome song, this is why Phil gets my vote as best Metal vocalist of all time.
    Muzzyon March 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest.
    MrKASADYon April 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest
    Leatherface1023on April 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest
    chaoticlokion December 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest is all you can say? this song desevres so much more, its about when Phil died(and was recussitated) from an overdose, and how it changed his perspective on things
    JayC1on January 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno it is not about is death, he says he has NEVER died before. this song was written before he died. "stone the crow" means beat to death, so it is about doinf the same stupid shit that brings him down, bad ass song
    krazylarryon January 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFucking love it, learning to play it on guitar at the mo.

    Too bad he was such a dick before dime died.
    lordabortionon March 24, 2005   Link

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