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. In our interview with Zakk Wylde
, he said that Abbott was one of his favorite songwriters and guitarists. "I always tell everybody what Dime's legacy is," he said. "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.