Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Album: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
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  • In the Black Box book, Geezer Butler explained: "The lyrics to 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' were about the Sabbath experience, the ups and downs, the good times and bad times, the rip-offs, the business side of it all. 'Bog blast all of you' was directed at the critics, the record business in general, the lawyers, the accountants, management and everyone who was trying to cash in on us. It was a backs-to-the-wall rant at everyone."
  • The title refers to Sunday Bloody Sunday, where British soldiers killed 13 protesters in Northern Ireland.
  • The end verse is omitted from some live versions. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Thomas - Staten Island, NY, for all above
  • The band had been feeling quite pressured by legal entanglements with managers and former managers, and Tony Iommi had writer's block. The band rented the supposedly haunted Clearwell Castle in hopes that the change of scenery would give them a vibe and shake some songs loose. Apparently it worked; on their very first day there Iommi wrote the riff to "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath."
  • Guitarist Tony Iommi says that this is one of his favorite Black Sabbath songs. He explained in his book Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath: "The riff of 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' was the benchmark for that album. It was a heavy riff, then the song went into a light bit in the middle, and then back to the riff again: the light and shade I'm always looking for. Ozzy sang very well on it, actually on all of the songs on the album. Very high!"

Comments: 17

  • Neale from MoeMy moderately religious mother walked in on me listening to this on the radio back in '74, right at the part where Ozzy was singing the title lyric "Sabbath bloody sabbath". This was too much for her though, and she almost had an aneurysm, scolding me over how this was "blasphemy" and was "the Devil's music" and that I "shouldn't be listening to this". Of course, being a rebellious 13 year old, I was hooked after that.
    Ahh, good times, R.I.P mum.
  • Danadoesdishes from Sun City Ca.Smoked my first joint in school with friends and listened to paranoid. Thank you for best band memories. Also I was at Cal jam in 1973 was there up front.
  • Douglas Miura from Sao Paulo, BrazilThis song is a well known rip off from brazillian singer Vanusa and her song called "What to do". Her album was released a few months before Sabbath's album
  • Airton from Someplace In This PlanetYou've seen life through distorted eyes (this verses explain everything - 2cor 4:4...In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not...)
    You know you had to learn
    The execution of your mind
    You really had to turn
    The race is run the book is read
    The end begins to show
    The truth is out, the lies are old
    But you don't want to know

    Nobody will ever let you know
    When you ask the reasons why
    They just tell you that you're on your own
    Fill your head all full of lies

    The people who have crippled you (For men shall be lovers of their own selves, Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.)
    You want to see them burn
    The gates of life have closed on you (But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.)
    And now there's just no return
    You're wishing that the hands of doom
    Could take your mind away
    And you don't care if you don't see again
    The light of day

    Nobody will ever let you know
    When you ask the reasons why
    They just tell you that you're on your own
    Fill your head all full of lies
    You bastards

    Where can you run to
    What more can you do
    No more tomorrow
    Life is killing you
    Dreams turn to nightmares
    Heaven turns to hell
    Burned out confusion
    Nothing more to tell, yeah

    Everything around you
    What's it coming to
    God knows as your dog knows
    Bog blast all of you
    Sabbath bloody Sabbath
    Nothing more to do
    Living just for dying
    Dying just for you, yeah

    20And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. IS NOW!!!!
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaA 42m31s pleasure; thanks for linking to the full!
  • Tameron from Taft , CaThe people that have crippled you, you want see them burn!
  • Joe from Grants Pass, OrI'm sure I'm not the the only one that that tuned their guitars down to to learn this one !!
  • Roy from Dalton, Ga, GaThat's right Paul, in the book "Black Box"
    Geezer B. said the song is about their
    experiences as a band and people trying to
    take advantage of them and rip them off left & right. The song and its title have nothing to with the song by U2.
    I wish people would read the book and get
    their facts straight before going onto these
    comment areas putting down what they think is
    the true meaning of the song. Don't these folks
    know that Black Sabbath members know what their songs are about?
    Their are some people who think they are
    "know it all's". Give us a break guys and get
    your facts straight. Read a book.
    Roy Butler, Dalton Georgia.
  • Greg from Newport News, Vasaw sab 75
    was standing 10 foot over bill ward
    back when behind the stage seats wernt cool
    glad i was there
    5$ and they played till 1 am
    sadly that started the 11 pm show endings
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaSabbath is anglicised from Hebrew "shabbat" meaning 7th(ie SATURDAY)

    True, the title was likely inspired by the Irish Sunday slaughter, but the lyrics don't seem relevant. . .
  • Robert from Atlanta, GaOzzy is the best!
  • Johnny from New York City, NyThe title does refer to Sunday Bloody Sunday...(Sabbath Bloody Sabbath)...Sabbath is a synonym of Lord's Day (meaning Sunday) does not say the song is about the Sunday Bloody Sunday massacre.
  • Jason from Denver, CoNot having anything to do with this song, I do like the song "looking for today",which comes from the same album.The guitar riff is quite cheerful for a Tony Iommi riff
  • Michael from Okla. City, OkBy far the best & most interesting Black Sabbath album. Michael, 4-18-08
  • Lester from New York City, NyThis is definitely Black Sabbath's most interesting album.
  • Bob from Perth, Wasabbath's most awesome song, and their best album too!
  • Paul from California, PaA very good song, on what is, perhaps Sabbath's best record. By the way, it does not refer to Sunday bloody sunday. That would be the U2 song of the same name. People, you have to learn how to use context. An even easier way to bring forth the meaning of a song is to read what the artists themselves have to say.
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