Suicide Note (song)

"Suicide Note"
Single by Pantera
from the album The Great Southern Trendkill
ReleasedMay 22, 1996
GenrePower ballad (Pt. I), thrash metal (Pt.II)
Length4:44 (Pt. I)
4:19 (Pt. II)9:03 (full song)
Songwriter(s)Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul, Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown
Producer(s)Terry Date
Pantera singles chronology
"Drag the Waters"
"Suicide Note"

"Suicide Note" is a two-part song by the American heavy metal band Pantera from their eighth studio album, The Great Southern Trendkill. The first half of the song was released as the album's second single in 1996. It is Pantera's highest charting song on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart (now known as the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks), peaking at #10. The combination total time is 9 minutes 3 seconds.


"Suicide Note Pt. I" features 12-string acoustic guitars, keyboards, and bass drum beats in the style of a heartbeat. Dimebag Darrell told Guitar World magazine in 1996 that he wrote all the guitar parts of the song the first time he picked up a 12 string guitar that Washburn Guitars had sent him in recognition of his new endorsement of the company.

The song breaks into "Suicide Note Pt. II", which in stark contrast to Pt. I, is a fast-tempo song featuring low tunings, screamed vocals throughout, and a breakdown at its climax. The main riff in Pt. II features extensive use of the Digitech Whammy effects pedal which is used throughout most of the song including the chaotic solo.

Pt. I was omitted from the original vinyl pressing of The Great Southern Trendkill in 1996. It was however included on a limited edition 24 bit audiophile pressing in 2012.

The lyrics describe suicide attempts such as slitting of the wrist. Pt. I talks in particular about drug use whereas Pt. II describes the determination of suicide by gunshot.