1996Released
4:55

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Interesting facts and trivia about Drag the Waters. By Songfacts®.

The music video contains a spoken introduction that explains this song's meaning: In everyday life, there is more than meets the eye. To reach the depths of truth, we must drag the waters In a literal sense, dragging the waters means using a net or other device to search the bottom of a river or lake, often looking for bodies. In this song, the phrase is a metaphor for finding the deeper meaning, especially when it comes to people. Humans often adapt to their social surroundings and will tell you what you want to hear, and it is your job to question their motives and ascertain their real intentions.

In our interview with Pantera bass player Rex Brown, he explained: "'Drag the Waters,' that's something Dime [guitarist Dimebag Darrell] had that just turned into a little ditty that became a single, of all things. People look at it now and go, Goddamn. They try to get so technical with everything, 'Oh, how did they do that?' Well, it just came naturally. There was no set form how to do it, you just get together and start jamming. That's how you do stuff. That's another one of those 'one-note wonder songs' that worked. It's all about the groove."

Dimebag Darrell directed the video, which was shot in black and white. It was included in the Pantera home video release 3 Watch It Go, which Darrell also directed.

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Song Analysis

Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of Drag the Waters.
DKey
MajorMode
4/4Time Signature
126BPM

Album

The album Drag the Waters is released on.

Released By

The record label that has released Drag the Waters.
Rhino/Elektra
© 1996 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.
℗ 1996 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

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