Scrape it, grind it, peel it, hide it
The trend is over (the trend is over)
And gone forever (and gone forever)
Shelf it, box it, save it, frame it
You won't need that anymore (not anymore)
It's on sale at fucking the dollar store

Waste of time (waste of time), pantomime (pantomime)
Circus doll (circus doll), at the local mall (at the local mall)
Exterminate, it's all fake
Exterminate, it's all fake

Sandblast yourself
Sandblast yourself
Sandblast yourself

(Keep that fucking) It's old


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Sandblasted Skin (Reprise) Lyrics as written by Rex Brown Philip Anselmo

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    General Comment

    How the fuck has no one commented on this song.... EXCELLENT fucking addition to The Underground in America, and it was even fucking better live.

    The trend is over, mother fucker...

    Xexis_Productionson April 27, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    nu metal bands have come and gone...i dont even remember who they were.

    pantera was and will always be true metal.

    this song explains it just as that!

    nlegrandon June 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Fuck yeah! I agree, it was a great addition to The Underground In America, and I also agree, it was even better live! This song really represents what Pantera is about: "fuck the trend."

    Shadowbitchon May 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i don't know about what this song is, but iy surely kicks ass!

    -=ViRUS=-on August 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Hi all, It's an amazing song, but thereis no way that he is saying "its getting old, old, old' at the end of the song. he says something completely different, same goes for the live version, something completely different again.

    Any ideas?

    malaka1on January 11, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    I don't think nu metal was the target here. Think about it; what the hell happened to the 90s for metal? Everything that came about in the late 80s, disappeared. That's why Pantera is often called the revival of real heavy metal. When Cowboys came out, a truly stunning and popular metal album hadn't been seen in a long while. The trends leant towards grunge, and later sugar pop, and all the crap we saw in the mid 90s with the rebirth of sugar pop. Think about it; Nirvana, Britney Spears, all that crap, was the trend by the time Phil was writing this song. So I think hes really talking about how everybody was saying metal was "dead and gone" with the new trend of music; and when that all died, this was Phil's response to it all.

    crpb1on May 08, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    Nu metal WAS the target, and it was for nearly the whole album. This came out in 1996 so Kurt Cobain had been dead for two years, and I believe Britney Spears didn't come out until '98 or '99. I doubt Phil had that much of a problem with the grunge scene (he was and is good friends with Alice in Chains), and because no one really knew her outside of being a Mouseketeer, I don't think he had a problem with Britney. Although, I'm sure he does now, especially since she's from Louisiana. This was the post-grunge period and nu metal was taking over the airwaves.

    half_faston May 10, 2009   Link
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    General Comment

    IMO This song is about Kurt Cobain's suicide. The song is called "Sandblasted Skin" (Past tense) it was released in 1996, two years after Kurt's death.

    "The trend is over and it's gone forever" Grunge

    "You won't need that anymore!" Making fun of the head shot Kurt suffered...

    "It's on sale at the fucking dollar store...." Used copies of Nevermind?

    karl105524on August 07, 2014   Link
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    Song Fact

    As everyone knows by now, Pantera will always be the best Metal band ever! Their fourth album Southern Trendkill came from Cat Philip's Feline Heart and Meowing Soul! I agree with Karl! the song makes reference to what Kurt did to end his life and why it will always be a joke! Anselmo writes "The Trend is dead!-it's over and gone Forever!" Pantera will live forever! I miss Dime!

    rabbitbunnyon March 31, 2016   Link
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    Pantera happens to be one of the influences of some nu metal bands, including Korn, Deftones and Coal Chamber. I have always found those who blindly hate all nu metal to be incredibly closed mind. There is some nu metal I like and some of it I dislike. The same is true with some of the older metal. Pantera may not have preferred nu metal, but I don't get the impression that their members had a big problem with it since the Damageplan album has one song with a nu metal singer - Corey Taylor from Slipknot.

    Syroon March 24, 2019   Link

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