Shuffle Song Of The Day (1/26/19): “Cemetery Gates” By Pantera

“Cemetery Gates” is a song by the heavy metal band Pantera that appears on their 1990 album Cowboys From Hell. If you don’t listen to this type of music, theres a decent chance you might know this band because the song “Cowboys From Hell” appeared on Guitar Hero 2, as well as the unorthodox death of their guitarist, which I’ll talk about later in the blog. Although it is their 5th album, this album essentially introduced the world to Pantera due to the fact it was their major label debut, and it still remains their most popular album, mostly due to the title track. What I love about this song in particular is the use of slow acoustic riffs and soft vocals at the beginning and throughout, which for obvious reasons is rare in the metal genre. Tempo changes entertain my short attention span, which probably explains why I like this song so much, along with the amazing guitar skills of Dimebag Darrell. Since I brought his name up now and a little earlier, let’s talk about the late Dimebag Darrell. Dimebag Darrell is considered by myself and many others to be one of the most influential metal guitarists of all time, and a quick listen through Pantera’s discography will show you why. Pantera broke up in 2003, and at the time of his death Darrell was on tour with another band he founded: Damageplan. Only minutes into a concert at a tiny venue in Columbus, Ohio, a man ran on stage, gun in hand, and shot Darrell from point blank range 5 times in the head. Given the band’s metal demeanor, a lot of people thought it was part of the show. It wasn’t until the gunman started firing into the crowd that they realized this was, in fact, an actual crazy person killing everybody. The shooting became somewhat intermittent while people tried to subdue the gunman, and thankfully cops arrived quickly and blew his brains out with a 12 gauge blast to the face. Unfortunately, this came after killing 4 people (Darrell, the band’s head of security, an employee of the venue, and an audience member who was shot while trying to resuscitate Darrell), as well as wounding 7 others. There is a lot of speculation behind the shooter’s motives, the 2 most popular being that he was upset about Pantera’s breakup and blamed it on Darrell, as well as the fact he was just nuts and had been removed from concerts in the past for wild behavior. The fan thing is very strange, because coincidentally the shooting happened on the 24th anniversary of John Lennon’s murder. Either way, a great guitarist died because of a psycho with gun. Dimebag Darrell’s grave in Arlington, Texas has become a bit of a shrine for fans, commonly leaving behind dimes and even actual dime bags of weed. If I’m ever in the area, I plan to do the same, while most likely blasting this song on my way into the cemetery, Rest in peace to one of the best metal guitarist of all time, and fuck Nathan Gale for taking him from us. Just kill yourself next time.

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Shuffle Songs Of The Day Spotify Playlisthttps://open.spotify.com/user/uktsrm7377738r178iaacxnjz/playlist/5zEvXmKpS7QJmK1jDsf45c?si=yQ9cObTfReGlRzb1hYp3fQ


LYRICS

Reverend, reverend,
Is this a conspiracy?
Crucified for no sins
No revenge beneath me
Lost within my plans for life,
It all seems so unreal
I’m a man cut in half in this world,
Left in my misery
Reverend he turned to me
Without a tear in his eyes
Nothing new for him to see,
I didn’t ask him why
I will remember
The love our souls had sworn to make
Now I watch the falling rain
All my mind can see now is your 
Well I guess you took my youth
And gave it all away
Like the birth of a new found joy
This love would end in rage
And when she died I couldn’t cry
The pride within my soul
You left me incomplete
All alone as the memories now unfold
Believe the word
I will unlock my door
And pass the cemetery gates
Sometimes when I’m alone,
I wonder aloud,
If you’re watching over me
Some place far abound
I must reverse my life
I can’t live in the past
Then set my soul free,
Belong to me at last
Through all those complex years
I thought I was alone
I didn’t care to look around
And make this world my own
And when she died
I should’ve cried and spared myself some pain
You left me incomplete,
All alone as the memories still remain
The way we were,
The chance to save my soul
And my concern is now in vain
Believe the word,
I will unlock my door
And pass the cemetery gates
The way we were,
The chance to save my soul
And my concern is now in vain.
Believe the word,
I will unlock my door
And pass the cemetery
Gates
Gates
Gates

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