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Black Label Society - In This River (In Memory of Dimebag Darrell)


Black Label Society - In This River - Meaning of the song


Zakk Wylde wrote this song a few months before his good friend, Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott, was shot and killed by a deranged fan named Nathan Gale when Abbott was performing with his band Damage Plan. Wylde subsequently dedicated the song to Abbott; a fitting tribute as the song deals with death. Zakk Wylde says:


"Abbott was one of my favorite songwriters and guitarists. I always tell everybody what Dime's legacy is. Tony Iommi created that whole genre of music, then Dime and the guys took the Sabbath thing and added gasoline. He added nitrous to it and created his own new thing." In the 2004 Guitar World readers' poll, Abbott was named "Most Valuable Metal Guitarist," with Wylde coming in second.

After the death of Dimebag Darrell, Zakk Wylde commissioned a video for this song in tribute to his fallen friend. Directed by Eric Zimmerman, the video shows Dime and Zakk as children, with both of them going into a river, but only Wylde coming out. Footage of Dimebag performing was also incorporated into the clip.

In This River - Lyrics

I've been around this world

Yet I see no end

All shall fade to black again and again

This storm that's broken me

My only friend


[Chorus:]

In this river all shall fade to black

In this river ain't no coming back

In this river all shall fade to black

Ain't no coming back


Withdrawn I step away

Just to find myself

The door is closed again

The only one left

This storm that's broken me

My only friend


Black Label Society - In This River - Live


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