Can't you see I'm easily bothered by persistence
One step from lashing out at you...
You want in to get under my skin
And call yourself a friend
I've got more friends like you
What do I do?

Is there no standard anymore?
What it takes, who I am, where I've been
You can't be something you're not
Be yourself, by yourself
Stay away from me
a lesson learned in life
Known from the dawn of time

Respect, walk

Run your mouth when I'm not around
It's easy to achieve
You cry to weak friends that sympathize
Can you hear the violins playing you song?
Those same friends tell me your every word

Are you talking to me?
No way punk

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    This is the song that gave me back my confidence and self belief. For the years I was at high school I suffered at the hands of bullies who wripped my confidence to shreds and left me in tatters. They basically chewed me up and spat me back out. This song is about attitude and self belief. I got into the metal scene and found an outlet and music I loved. Far from being the victim, I became the victor, this song was my anthem. I forgot all about the bullies and their cruel taunts, I became the person who I am now.

    "Can't you see I'm easily bothered by persistence One step from lashing out at you..."

    I was bothered by the persistence of the bullies and I was literally ready to lash out at them...

    "You want in to get under my skin And call yourself a friend"

    They tried to be my friends just so they could wrip me to shreads, just to get under my skin.

    "I've got more friends like you What do I do?"

    Every friend I had was like them, only my friend on the surface, simply because they were not on my wavelength.

    "Is there no standard anymore? What it takes, who I am, where I've been Belong"

    There were no standards, the bullies had no standards! I wondered who I was and I tried to "belong", but just didn't.

    "You can't be something you're not Be yourself, by yourself Stay away from me a lesson learned in life Known from the dawn of time"

    Music became my outlet and helped me make new friends who were "different" just like me. I found I could only be myself and developed the confidence to say I liked myself and ask the bullies to "stay away from me".

    "Run your mouth when I'm not around It's easy to achieve You cry to weak friends that sympathize"

    This is EXACTLY what they were like, they would spread all sorts behind my back when I wasn't around. They had these shallow friends who were their sympathisers and joined in. They were the weak ones, not me. The violins symbolies how discordant their lives were!

    "Those same friends tell me your every word" The bully's so called friends ended up grassing them up to me.


    Classic line repeated over and over to myself, my confidene, my spirt was never broken by them.

    Now whenever I go to a club I always shout the words as if they were my own. I have a boyfriend who is as nuts and metal loving as I am and I am starting my Masters degree. More than these shallow people will ever have in their pitiful existences.

    I won RIP DIME!

    shoo_shooon September 03, 2007   Link
  • +4
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    Actually beans, as any good Pantera fan would know (and I'm sure you are aware of this) Pantera has four albums out before Cowboys from Hell. Phil was only on the last one (called Power Metal) right before CFH. The other three (I am the Night, Projects in the Jungle, and Metal Magic) featured a singer named Terry Glaze, who helped form the band with Vinne, Dime, and Rex in '83..... Just a bit of info for you all.

    Corpo_ed_animaon July 25, 2002   Link
  • +2
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    to me this song is about dealing with people who are fake they are pretending to be something they aren't Trying way to hard to make it look like they are your friend and then they turn around and say shit behind your back... and how they aren't going to take that persons crap!!! it is an awsome song and it is sooo real and true people should really learn something from this song!~!!

    Heavy*Metalon April 19, 2002   Link
  • +2
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    Songs kicks fucking ass. Blast it everytime I play it in my truck.

    Mercuryon May 10, 2003   Link
  • +1
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    Who the hell is rvd?

    The Orderon July 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    This is one of the best fucking songs Pantera have ever done. Phil Anselmo rocks! The Vulgar Display Of Power is also one of the worlds best records i think it totally fuck you up, like, i got to bang my head to this!

    Proddieon July 09, 2002   Link
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    Dimebag came up with the main riff while warming up for a show while Vinnie started tapping the beat on the wall. They were taping all of it for a home video so they were able to remember the riff.

    king nothing2on April 13, 2004   Link
  • +1
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    Phil kicked my ass. I've pissed into a bag ever since. I think it was worth it.

    irish_deftone6on October 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
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    the last amazing guitarist dead


    nirvana318don December 10, 2004   Link
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    wooooooooow, this song jus makes me wanna march around on stage phil anselmo stlye, and walk up to someone and fuckin knock em da fuck out

    Fuct_hahaon May 15, 2006   Link

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