Woe to me, battered man
Raise the monolith
Deitize my spirit rise
Like days the world forgets - down the

Drain - laid to lame
A fool-ass hearty bliss
Borderline suicide,
Celebrate before my death

Your promised land divide,
That's why the world lies.
I give up.
That's enough. I give up.

I'm underneath my life.
Dog in heat, beware the street
It's there you'll meet your end
Poverty is not for me,

But I'll take her back again
To prove a point,
To laugh it off, to cross you off my path,
Grip the night, pull the cord,

A much inspired wrath.
Your promised land divide,
That's where the world lies.
I give up.

That's enough. I give up.
I'm underneath my life.
Carry me back from the war
And from the lord.


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Temptation's Wings Lyrics as written by Keenan Anselmo

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    General CommentI think this song is about Phil's struggles with his lifestyle. He knows that he's his own man and tries to make the right decisions but is tempted by the wrong ones (such as heroine) and feels judged by those who don't understand. At the same time, he realizes the freedom that the wrong decisions offer and knows that a more sober lifestyle lacks these freedoms.
    apurlon March 15, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThe speaker seems to have rejected ("I gave my life to reason") the pressure of religious faith's judgments ("I feel the pressure, it lightens / to judge this spirit of mine"), but temptation still lingers. Although it is beautiful (hence the wings), the temptation is still a struggle that he "can't shake," even describing his failure as "feeding my cancer." I'm not too sure of the identify of the temptation -- maybe temptation in general. I can't say heroin since it seems that he's only taken heroin twice (1). He took the second and nearly fatal dose after my first and only Pantera show in Dallas back in 1996.

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    misterjason31on May 23, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationYou are all wrong. This is not about his heroin addiction since he wrote Temptations Wings a long time before he started using. He released a 3 track demo in 1991 . From my aspect I'm guessing that these "Temptation Wings" make him choose the wrong decisions. In the part
    To hell with I miss you
    I said I 'd do it alone
    Ripping apart from you
    A broken vision to call my own
    He's obviously saying that his temptation or curiosity take him away from his loved ones and he's convinced that his decision (vision) is the true one.
    I bury my head with frustration
    And I look at others and wonder why
    I'm feeding my cancer
    A broken vision that stole my sight
    The more he feeds his curiosity the more curious he gets or tempted. After some time feeding this "cancer" he doesn't even see the right decisions ( broken vision that stole my sight)
    This may not be Phi's point of view, but this is just my opinion and I can assure you this isn't about heroin.
    Disordermkdon March 08, 2014   Link
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    General CommentSorry for you guys that think Phil was not slamming when Nola was written. I partied with Phil a couple years prior to this album, and I assure you heroin was among the party favors. Phil has stated in an 8/09 interview with Blabbermouth that "I wasn't singing anymore about levels of confidence and power and walking and all these songs of positivity, I was singing about dope.
    Read more at blabbermouth.net/news/philip-anselmo-opens-up-about-his-heroin-addiction-pantera-s-breakup/" and Nola was about fear and self loathing. Most of Nola is an obvious cry for help. This song is, most definitely, about his struggle with junk.
    sandt38on November 22, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthese lyrics are all wrong!! look at the other postin i did and those are the right lyrics...someoen should delete these
    I_LIKE_BEANSon June 30, 2002   Link
  • -1
    General Commenthe made 3 more ablums pantera ablums after this came out
    krazylarryon January 30, 2005   Link
  • -2
    General Commentthis reads like Phil's struggles to break out of Pantera, to start his own thing. this is really the hint that said he would leave Pantera
    dragon442on July 05, 2004   Link

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