In this song, Satan falls in love with a human woman and tries to seduce her. He turns out to be very charming and the early lyrics are quite poetic.
Suggestion credit: Brett - Edmonton, Canada
The title refers to drummer Bill Ward's beard. The band called him "Nibby" because they thought it looked like the nib on the end of a pen (Ozzy came up with the nickname when he on acid and thought Geezer Butler was turning into a fountain pen). Says Butler: Originally it was Nib, which was Bill's beard. When I wrote N.I.B., I couldn't think of a title for the song, so I just called it Nib, after Bill's beard. To make it more intriguing I put punctuation marks in there to make it N.I.B. By the time it got to America, they translated it to Nativity In Black.
Suggestion credit: Greg - Triad, NC
Many fans thought the title stood for "Nativity In Black" or "Name In Blood."
The bass intro is called "Bassically." It is listed as a separate song on US versions of the album.
"Nativity In Black" is the name of two Black Sabbath tribute albums released in 1994 and 2000. Groups contributing to the albums include Megadeth, Godsmack, Biohazzard, and Faith No More.
The first Nativity In Black album, released in 1994, contains a cover of this by Ugly Kid Joe. The second, from 2000, contains a version from Primus with Ozzy Osbourne.
In November of 1969, Black Sabbath appeared on John Peel's Top Gear radio show, where they played this song along with "Black Sabbath," "Behind the Wall of Sleep," and "Sleeping Village." It was some great early exposure for the band.
Ilir from OverworldThis lyric is not so metaphorical to brake down. This strictly speaks about giving your soul to the dark side!
Elle from UsaTo: Brett in Edmonton, Canada - How do you know Lucifer's love interest was a human? I didn't see that in any of the interviews or write ups. It could very well have been another angel. Have to remember that BS's biblical knowledge left much to be desired, and Oz likely used the name Lucifer, because, "My name is Satan, please take my hand" just didn't sound good to the ear.
Jodie from XxAnother great Black Sabbath song.
Ricky from Killie, United KingdomThe origin of N.I.B's riff was from Cream's Sunshine Of Your Love. Different rhythm etc but Tony took it, twisted it and made it into something else.
Tony from Bewdley, United KingdomIt is impossible for a band like UGLY KID JOE to do a good cover of a Black Sabbath song!!!
Earl from Jefferson City, MoI heard Ozzy in a live broadcast say it meant something like "Numbing Itching Brain." Good one, Ozzy!
Charlie from Las Vegas, Nvthis song makes me think of when i first fell in love with my now-ex-girlfriend, Rachael. I WANT HER BACK HELLA BAD!!!
Bazzaman from Johnson, VtSabbath certainly dabbled dark in their lyrics, and to some degree that's what they wanted the public to think of them.
Geezer says this about the devil falling in love, and realizing he can't make her truly love him even with his powers, so he has to change.
Great song no matter what it really means!
Johua from Sydney, Australiai think its about the devil pretending to be a nice guy just to get laid, and then after the dead is done he wants her to join him and build there power together however in the next song he realizes she is just as evil as he, and he is the one who got played(just another opinion)
Cyberpope from Richmond, Canada"My name is Lucifer" (I'm a sweet bringer of light) "Please take my hand" (in love/marriage, because you see only the light aspect I'm playacting just to win you over, you silly mortal!)
John from Chesterfield, MiThis song will be discussed on The "ROCK" Show Sunday 1/25/09 on SPAZZradio.com @ 9pm. http://spazzradio.com/rock.html
Oldpink from New Castle, InHoly s&%t, doesn't Geezer absolutely terrify you at the very beginning with that insane bass solo? Then, he gets even scarier throughout the rest of the song. Absolutely ass-whooping song, and the lyrics are pretty cool => a love song from the point of view of Lucifer/Satan/Asmodeus/etc.
Factguynobullshit from Dallas, TxSatan Falls in love and becomes a man. However if you listen to the next song the Woman is evil so much that Satan (Lucifer, Samael , whatever you call that non existent demon thie era) himself fears her and is left heartbroken, "Evil Woman". Which makes sense considering the last song is a cover that is about a break up "The Warning".
Jimmy from Texarkana, TxI don't care what Dio said about the title, I heard Ozzy explain it himself in a "The Last Supper" interview. It was all about the beard as several have mentioned. Apparently, though, the rumor became so popular that a tribute album was named after it. "Nativity In Black." But this was not the original idea. Listen to Ozzy.
Cisco M.f. from Andover, NjNOBODY IS BEAUTIFUL
John from Dayton, Ohactually a lyric in the song is "my name is lucifer"lucifer is satans name.
Gar from Abingdon, VaDON'T LISTEN to those other people! N.I.B. is just simply a nickname for their drummer!!!
Joe from Bellingham, WaThis song is about nothing satanic or satan. The booklet in my "black sabbath greatest hits 1970-1978" cd says this song is about the shape of drummer Bill Ward's head. No joke!
Allen from Bethel, AkWell, Tokie from Mexico City is right. N.I.B. doesn't stand for anything. I suppose they added the periods to make you think it was an acronym. (Can you say "Sales ploy"?)
Josh from Boce Raton, FlI think it's a great song and I didn't know the original meaning of Lucifer was bringer of light, I actually learned something from this. You learn things everyday and from the most unexpected places.
Joel from Boston, MaYou can see why some people think Sabbath is a devil group. Having a song about Satan probably didn't help any.
Rafael from Rio De Janeiro, BrazilDid anyone notice he says "bevile in me" instead of "believe in me"?
Seb from --"what does taking lucifer's hand have to do with him bringing light?"
I believe the guy was just bringing our attention to the original meaning of the name lucifer: "light-bringer" or "morning-star".
Ed from London, CanadaOne interpretation could be that it's Lucifer trying to convert people to follow him, by promising them the moon and stuff... I'm not saying that's the true meaning, just an alternate way of seeing it...
Ali from Islamabad, Pakistanthere cannot be a better, and more intense song than this
Dustin from My Home, Incliff burton of metallica was inspired to write his mind blowing bass solo after hearing the bass part at the begining of this song i learned that from my friend kyle
Robert from Chicago, Ilfirst of all, geezer butler is possibly the best bassist to ever walk the earth. second, everybody who said that the title has to do with bill's nib on his beard is correct. third, whoever said the thing with Dio, Ronny James Dio is a job stealing @&%$. he does not know anything about Black Sabbath and Ozzy has every right to hate him for the rest of eternity. no matter how good Holy Diver is. just a fun fact, on ozzy's solo career on his Diary of a Madman tour, the midget he hanged ozzy nomed Ronny James Dio, just so he could hang his rival.
Burak from Mersin, TurkeyOr is N.I.B. just standing for ' AND I BE ' ?
Scott from Naperville, IlWatch the "Black & Blue" tour video. This is the tour they did with Blue Oyster Cult. I believe it's the same tour that they recorded the "Live Evil" album from. But, in the video, Ronnie James Dio explains that N.I.B. does indeed stand for "Nativity In Black".
Michael Picard from Lapwai, IdThey played this on their first two albums: the paris live one and the black Sabbath(first but not really) Album. It is such a wickedly awesome song it's my moms favorite Sabbath song.
Steve from Louisville, KyGeezer Butler wrote the lyrics (he wrote most of Sabbath's lyrics...), and he has said that he wanted to write a love song, but he figured he'd make it interesting by writing a love song from the point of view of the Devil falling in love.
Nathan from Brisbane, AustraliaWhen I heard this song it sounded really familiar can anyone tell me where I might have heard.
Brady from Fort Stockton, Txwhat does taking lucifer's hand have to do with him bringing light?
The Bear from Stirling, ScotlandTokie's right. The song's named after Bill Ward who's beard at the time looked like the the NIB of a fountain pen. The confusion arose when the first Nativity In Black covers album was released in the 90's.
Tokie from Mexico City, MexicoNO N.I.B dose'n't stand for necrophilics in black or "Nativity In Black" or "Name In Blood". It was the nikname of there drummer beacuse his beard looked like a Pen NIB. It has nothing to with the the song it just stuck as the title!
Dave from San Antonio, TxN.I.B. stands for necrophilics in black.
Corey from Milford, MaI think that when he says "my name is Lucifer please take my hand" there referring to the meaning of the word Lucifer which is the bringer of light.
Brian from Paoli, InThe Ugly Kid Joe cover is really good. I think this song is alot like "Sympathy For the Devil" because they are portraying him not as some beastly demon. But as a man.