Song of the Week: Pantera: 5 Minutes Alone

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“5 Minutes Alone” is a track by the Texas groove metal legends and metal pioneers Pantera taken from the 1994 album Far Beyond Driven. The song was released as downloadable content for Rock Revolution and Rock Band 3 and can be heard during a cut-scene in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.

Bearing one of Dimebag Darrell’s best guitar riffs and vocalist Phil Anselmo’s best vocal performances, “5 Minutes Alone” became an instant hit with the fans and a staple of the band’s live shows.

Drummer Vinnie Paul explains the origins of the song’s meaning:

There was a guy in the front row in San Diego who was heckling Phil (Anselmo, vocalist). Phil finally had enough, so he incited the crowd to jump this guy’s ass and beat the shit out of him on the spot, so he sued us. And when his dad called our manager, his exact quote was, “You just give me five minutes alone with that Phil Anselmo guy and I’ll show him who’s big daddy around here.” Phil’s response was, “You just give me five minutes with that cat’s dad and I’ll whoop his ass.” That’s where that song came from.

Pantera: 5 Minutes Alone

Pantera: 5 Minutes Alone Lyrics

I see you had your mind all made up
you group of pitiful liars.
Before I woke to face the day,
your master plan transpired.
Something told me
this job had more to meet the eye.
My song is not believed?
My words somewhat deceiving?
Now I’m unwhole.

You’ve waged a war of nerves
But you can’t crush the kingdom
Can’t be what your idols are.
Can’t leave the scar.
You cry for compensation.
I ask you please just give us…

5 minutes alone

I read your eyes, your mind was made up.
You took me for a fool.
You used complexion of my skin
for a counter racist tool.
You can’t burn me
I’ve spilled my guts out in the past.
Taken advantage of
because you know where I’ve come.
My past.

You’ve waged a war of nerves
But you can’t crush the kingdom
Can’t be what your idols are.
Can’t leave the scar.
You cry for compensation.
I ask you please just give us…

5 minutes alone

5 minutes alone

I ask you please just give us