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Pantera - Cemetery Gates

Reverend, reverend
Is this some conspiracy?
Crucified for no sins
An image 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

The reverend, he turned to me
Without a tear in his eyes
It's 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 (face)

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
Let me set my soul free
Unto to me at last

Through all those complexed 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

(Solo)

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

"Cemetery Gates" is a song by heavy metal band Pantera. The song is the fifth track from Cowboys from Hell, the band's fifth album and second with lead singer Phil Anselmo (though the band considers it their first "true" album, officially ignoring their earlier independent releases). "Cemetery Gates" showcases Anselmo's vocal ability and range, concluding with screaming high notes answered by Dimebag Darrell on guitar in a trade off. The lyrics lament the death of a female relative or friend and the prospect of dying or committing suicide and rejoining her in the afterlife. Presumably, the song is fictitious and not based on any real acquaintance of the band. "Cemetery Gates" received a large amount of air-play by rock stations, and has become one of Pantera's most popular songs. Guitar World magazine readers voted the song's solo the 35th greatest of all-time, which was Dimebag's 2nd highest ranking solo (after "Floods") After Dimebag's death, the song was performed by Dream Theater as a tribute during Gigantour. The band was joined on stage by Russell Allen of Symphony X for the first verse, Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory for the second verse and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth for the ending solo.

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