5 Minutes Alone

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"5 Minutes Alone"
Single by Pantera
from the album Far Beyond Driven
Released 1994
Format CD single
Recorded 1993
Genre Groove metal
Length 5:50
Label Eastwest
Writer(s) Pantera
Producer(s) Terry Date
Pantera singles chronology
"Planet Caravan"
"5 Minutes Alone"

"5 Minutes Alone" is a song by American heavy metal band Pantera from their 1994 album Far Beyond Driven. The song also appears on the band's live album. 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.


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.


Upon release the song had an immediate impact on the band's fanbase, quickly becoming one of Pantera's most popular songs.


"5 Minutes Alone" was covered by the bands Lamb of God, Ill Nino, DevilDriver, Soilwork, and Killswitch Engage in Dallas, Texas on December 8, 2007 on the 3rd anniversary of Dimebag Darrell's death. It featured 3 vocalists, 5 guitarists, and 3 drummers.[1]

The song was recently covered by Nonpoint for the Metal Hammer tribute album "Getcha Pull! A Tribute to Dimebag Darrell" as a downloadable bonus track. Nonpoint then released the song on their 2010 studio album Miracle.

Texas deathcore band Upon a Burning Body recorded the song as well. It can be said as another bonus track for "Getcha Pull! A Tribute to Dimebag Darrell".


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