I'm Broken

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"I'm Broken"
I'm Broken u.jpg
Single by Pantera
from the album Far Beyond Driven
B-side "Slaughtered"
Released March 15, 1994
Recorded 1993
Genre Groove metal
Length 4:25
Producer(s) Terry Date
Pantera singles chronology
"I'm Broken"
"Planet Caravan"

"I'm Broken" is a song by American heavy metal band Pantera from their seventh album Far Beyond Driven. It was the first single issued from the album. Kerry King said on the Japanese TV show Rock Fujiyama (featuring guitarist Marty Friedman) that it's his favorite guitar riff.[citation needed]


The song is about the back pain that Pantera's vocalist Phil Anselmo felt. Phil Anselmo said "This is right when I started feeling the pain in my lower back, and it felt scary," says Anselmo. "I think this is one of the first times in my life, man, that I had this thing called 'vulnerability' kick in, and that was a very uncomfortable feeling." Anselmo adds, "I think that was really my first glimpse into kind of screaming to the world, 'Fucking... I am broken! Somebody fucking help me here!'"[1]


Pantera's guitarist Dimebag Darrell spoke about the song saying:

""I'm Broken" was a sound check riff – one of them ones where I'd walk in with a hangover from ripping it up night after night with everyone in every town. That's where a lot of the best riffs I ever wrote came from. I just played the first riff I thought of, Vinnie started kickin' in on it, Rex joined in – we didn't write the entire song on the spot, but we kept toying with it and finally worked on it once we got into the studio."[citation needed]

Release and reception

"I'm Broken" was released as the band's first single for Far Beyond Driven. Two versions of the single were released. Both contained the b-side "Slaughtered", but each version included a differing pair of live tracks. All live tracks were recorded in Moscow, USSR at the Monsters of Rock concert in 1991. The single garnered the band its second top 40 U.K hit reaching #19 on the UK Singles Chart, making it the band's highest charting single worldwide. It also reached #49 on the Australian Charts and #32 on the Swedish Charts.[2] The song was also nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 1995 Grammy Awards.[3] Allmusic reviewer Eduardo Rivadavia called "I'm Broken" a "wisely chosen first single".[4]

Live performance

A live version of the song can be found on the band's live album Official Live: 101 Proof. During live performances of the song, the band would have Dimebag Darrell performing backup vocals and would end the song with the outro of "By Demons Be Driven".

Cover art

The covers for parts 1 and 2 each show half of Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo's face. When compared, it can be seen that they are a mirror image of one another, and on part 2 of the single, the colors are inverted.

Track listing

CD Single 1 (I'm Broken/Slaughtered Part 1)
  • All tracks written by Pantera
  1. "I'm Broken" - 4:25
  2. "Slaughtered" - 3:57
  3. "Domination (Live)" - 6:33
  4. "Primal Concrete Sledge (Live)" - 3:56
CD Single 2 (I'm Broken/Slaughtered Part 2)
  • All tracks written by Pantera
  1. "I'm Broken" - 4:25
  2. "Slaughtered" - 3:57
  3. "Cowboys from Hell (Live)" - 5:10
  4. "Psycho Holiday (Live)" - 5:49


Appearances in the media


Chart (1994) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 49
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[6] 12
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 32
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[citation needed] 19


  1. ^ Graham 'Gruhamed' Hartmann (March 25, 2014). "Philip Anselmo Shares Vulnerability While Recalling Pantera's 'I'm Broken' – Exclusive Video". Loudwire.
  2. ^ swedishcharts.com - Pantera - I'm Broken
  3. ^ "37th Annual Grammy Awards - 1995". Rock on the Net
  4. ^ Rivadaiva, Eduardo. "Far Beyond Driven - Pantera". Allmusic
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Pantera – I'm Broken". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  7. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Pantera – I'm Broken". Singles Top 100.

External links

  • Official music video
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