Respectful disagreement | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/22/13
You say that the man's parents are teaching him to do the right thing. Well, who decides what that is? Should we take the word of a book that is thousands of years old and advocates war and slavery, or should we decide for ourselves?
Also, about the "great wisdom that led to a good life and society." How good is our society, and how good has it been historically? It's bad enough with war, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and homophobia today, and yet it was much worse in the past. If the young hadn't come forward to fight authority then, the world we live in now would suck even more than it does.
In defense of Phil's fucking hostility | Reviewer: Andrew | 1/27/13
I like the response of "Classic insight..." He's trying to figure it out, which is admirable. But it has always seemed to me that Phil's message was more moderate than that (in surprising contrast to the complete and awesome lack of moderation in the song's speed, heaviness, and obscenity). He seems to recognize the importance of the authorities, eg priesthood being the 'ultimate test in life,' but he nonetheless maintains that authority derives not from bullying and overbearing but from a higher source. Mutual respect and reason are two such sources that he gives.
To whoever said it was an insight into misguided youth | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/16/13
From reading your review you clearly don't understand the song at all :') Phil Anselmo is in no way Ignorant to any of this he knows all about rig misguided BY you're elders and people of authority that's the point of the song it's about how people have to think for themselves and not just ritually and religiously slice whatever their elders tell them and it makes him angry that there are people who don't think for themselves as it also makes the people who do think for themselves angry dude if people just believe everything they were told and never questioned anything we'd still think the earth was flat
fucking hostile | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/26/12
great song i especialy like that part "i question things becouse im human andi wont call someone a father whos no closer than a stranger" and i dont see why people get so angry over a song its just a song if you dont like it dont listen to it dont have a fucking bitch fit.
Simple rebellion | Reviewer: Jissen | 9/29/12
Typical christian response. The point is that you don't have to conform to preconceived ideas of how things are "supposed" to be...you can be your own person, do things your own way, and who's to say you're "wrong" for doing so? Like Phil says...some things cannot be taught, and I along with many others get "fucking hostile" when told otherwise. Mind your business, and let me live my own life.
Classic insight into the wisdom of misguided youth | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/20/12
Youthful logic and understanding of the world comes from selfish emotion stemming from the belief that they know better solutions to the world's problems than those that have come before them, and no song does a better job of displaying this "wisdom" of the young like Fucking Hostile.
In the first verse, Pantera lashes out at his parents, incorrectly believing that they don't want him to make friends, and worse - being totally oblivious to the consequences and responsibilities of "making love," presumably pre-marital sex. He points out that these "rules" are lies making you believe these and other bad behaviors are "evil". Well if the writer was raised in a Christian home (which the lyrics indicate he was) then his parents seemed to be doing the right thing. And as such, getting to know God should be taught from the bible, not "your own way" because if you made it up your own way, you make your own rules which most certainly would lead to a misguided existance.
In the second verse, the writer seems to have grown a little older, graduating from butting heads with his parents to butting heads with the law. Although I can't seem to argue his concerns about being arrested for a joint, the real point he is trying to make here is that he feels the police aren't doing enough to protect the public from the violent criminals and instead harass the delinquent punks presumably for disrespecting them every chance they get. What the writer needs to do is spend a week or two in the shoes of law enforcement beat cops and see why it is that they can't do what he is asking and also why punks like him are so fucking annoying and distracting when you are trying to do your job.
In the final verse, the writer puts his crosshairs on the authority of the church, and more specifically priests. Just as in the first two verses, the writer seems to not be able to accept that in a civilized society, you need rules, lest we live life as wild animals in the woods. But here the writer doubles down on the liberal appeal of the song by questioning the very existence of God by calling Heaven/Hell, "a fucking wives' tale" and the seeming sarcasm of the line "cause God is everywhere." But I'm not going to criticize the writer for his religious beliefs or lack thereof. What I think is wrong is the same as in the first two verses, that he refuses to accept the wisdom of what is taught by people who have been passing down wisdom for hundreds of generations that lead to a good life and great society.
In conclusion, the chorus seems to sum it up in a very nuanced way:
"To See" - he wants to learn life by himself by observation,
"To Bleed" - by trial and error
"Cannot be taught" - because (the writer ignorantly believes) you can't pass down the results of observation and trial and error from those that came before
"In turn, you're making us fucking hostile" - Basically the writer is saying that he doesn't believe authority. He calls their rules "lies" and insists on questioning what he feels is not true. He is getting mad that wise men that came before him are trying to pass down their knowledge. But at this point in his youth he doesn't want to believe it, and so he is lashing out at them.
Phil sucks, Maynard rules | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/31/12
Justin Boober wasn't even born yet when Pantera started playing this Live in Dallas, TX clubs. And as all songs on the Vulgar album it is an anti-establishment song. The whole album hits home on the effects of control to varying degrees and ends with a heartfelt tribute to one of Phil's prior bandmates who was killed by a violent act.
EPIC SONG. | Reviewer: Aviral | 6/28/12
This song is one of the best song I've ever heard. I think this song is not about religion, rather it's about fathers having sex with their sons. "Come meet your maker, boy Some things you can't enjoy" clearly shows that the father is asking the son to suck his dick.
Even though its an epic song, they stole the tune from "Justin Bieber's -boyfriend". It's still an epic song though!
Great lyrics and rad thrash riffs. You gotta learn life for yourself not in church. Religion is the cause for war, corruption and systematic molestation and yet it has virtual immunity from prosecution. Basic meaning: think for yourself don't be what your told.
its sweet! | Reviewer: marc
this song is awesome, for sure. the music is thrashy, the lyrics are raw and the tempo makes me want to break things. it is indeed about the "fear of god" and other topics that we face growing up. he identifies the father, both in a metaphorical sense, and the literal. he calls out the police, saying that they turn a blind eye to the real problems in the country.
i think all in all, phil was underrated as a writer, and overrated in his ability to perform. a lot of people (myself included) only heard the sound, and are just NOW coming around to realize that they were really the pioneers of today's music. I promise you, Lamb of God would not be what they are without Mr. Philip Anselmo, Vincent Paul Abbott, Darrel Abbott, and Rex Brown.
Inner meaning of the song | Reviewer: Kellen Parish | 5/22/07
If one were to look at the song seriously and not just listen to Dime, Rex, Phil, and Vinnie Paul make metal as no one else can, one would see a song that is quite outspoken against religion. And I see that most is the truth if you ask me. EX:They put it in your head
Then put you in your bed
He's watching say your prayers
Cause God is everywhere
Face it when one is young, a majority of us have religion beat into our heads. The question is that is it fair? I mean we have not yet gotten the power to think for ourselves. And that putting "The Fear of God" into to us (I.e> "Cause god is everywhere") is plain unfair and cruel.
fucking hostile-pantera | Reviewer: Lee McClean | 7/19/05
this is the first pantera song i learnt all the way through on my guitar and it is so fast and heavy it rocks