"Hollow" as written by and Vincent Paul/abbott Abbott....
What's left inside him?
Don't he remember us?
Can't he believe me?
We seemed like brothers
Talked for hours last night,
About what we want to be
I sit now with his hand in mine,
But, I know he can't feel (feel)

No one knows, what's done is done
It's as if he were dead

I'm close with his mother,
And she cries endlessly
Lord, how we miss him,
At least what's remembered
It's so important to make best friends in life,
But, it's hard when my friend sits with blank expressions

No one knows, what's done is done
It's as if he were dead

(He as hollow as I alone now)
(He as hollow as I alone now)
(He as hollow as I alone now)
(He as hollow as I alone)

He as hollow as I alone,
A shell of my friend,
Just flesh and bone
There's no soul,
He sees no love
I shake my fists at skies above

Mad
At gods
Mad

He as hollow as I converse,
I wish he'd waken from this curse
Hear my words before it's through,
I want to come in after you

My Best friend
My Best friend

Whoa, yeah
Come back

(He as hollow as I alone now)
(He as hollow as I alone now)


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"Hollow" as written by Philip Anselmo Darrell Lance Abbott

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  • +2
    General Commenti am pretty sure this is about a guy who was in some kind of accident. Either on his own or at fault of the singers perspective and he is not in some kind of a coma or permanantley brain damaged or something along those lines. Pantera songs are always tough to interperut
    I_LIKE_BEANSon July 18, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this is the best Pantera song ever. Whenever I listen to this song it gives me chills, it's odd.
    pollockon June 11, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI saw a program where Phil Anselmo actually talked about the meaning behind this.

    His friend was fatally injured in a car crash and was on a life support machine, making him just a "hollow shell"

    He is singing about how he misses his friend, and that he is fucking mad at God for taking him.

    Such a sad song,you can really feel Phil's heartfelt emotion amazing song, great solo by Dime.
    DimeWillNeverDieon September 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    MemoryMy oldest brother died feb 5 09 of a fentanyl overdose (self inflicted but accidental). He overdosed in late Oct of 08 and was in a coma with severe brain damage and seemed like a "Hollow" vessel with his eyes open staring into space. My mom cried for months almost constantly and my younger brother and I have an extreem hatred for his widow which drove him crazy and to use drugs to "escape" her, well, he escaped it all. That is what this song means to me.
    whigedouttothemaxon September 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like it's about the guy's best friend going into a coma.
    TwistedBon March 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI personally think this song is about a friend of his who got into some really heavy drugs(heavier than what phil was doing) and hes now a hopeless drug addict. Drug addicts are usually hollow inside because they are consumed by there drug. He is saying about how they talked about what they want to achieve in life and how his addiction is affecting his family.
    SaTaNsWiZaRd0666on March 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song, shows off Phil's great voice. The end rocks too, amazing
    Muzzyon March 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its acctually about the singers best friend geting involved in a serious accident (or possibly drugs overdose) and being permantly brain damaged to the point of becomming a vegtable, this is not a coma, hes awake, theres just no concious mind inside (ie hollow) people in this condition just stair into space all the time ("sits with blank expresions")

    "I sit now with his hand in mine
    But I know he can't feel... "

    people in these vegatble like states cant feel anything, they are basicly cut off from the real world completely. Some speculate that the person is acctually still concious within there own mind, but unable to interact with the outside world in anyway (a link there to "i want to come in after you")
    its a very sad condition to be in, both for the family + friends and the possibly still concious person trapped in there own mind :(

    very good song tho
    Koijuon June 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits either about a coma or a burnout. after u do so much u just kinda sit and stare. u smoke urself to death an ur just kind of fried forever. once those brain cells are gone they dont come back
    southofheaven_666on November 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, we seemed like 'bothers'.

    It's pretty obvious what it's about. He is helpless because his best friend is now braindead, but i don't think he's in a coma. I think he's suffered brain damage or something and can't do anything. He's now alone, and his friend, his head is 'hollow'.
    _vikkion January 15, 2005   Link

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