The Writ

Album: Sabotage (1975)
Play Video


  • During Sabotage's writing and recording, the band was being handed legal writs from managers even in the studio. "The Writ" is about that experience.

Comments: 5

  • Craig from Adelaide, AustraliaI'm fairly sure the lyric is: I thought I was so good, I thought I was SMART. I feel my world's BEEN TORN APART.
  • Joseph from PlymouthWayne, obviously you know that we are on the same page as well. Possibly the best Sabbath and Ozzy song lyrically.
  • Joseph from PlymouthCannot agree with Cindy from Pure Delirium more! Sabotage is definitely the best Sabbath album. Cindy and do you agree that The Writ may be the best Sabbath song?
  • Cindy from Pure DeliriumOne of my faves ... Sabotage best Sabbath album
  • Wayne from CrockettOne of the most underplayed, underrated BS songs of all time. Great vocals, guitar and bass off the charts, incredible beat from the drums.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Deconstructing Doors Songs With The Author Of The Doors Examined

Deconstructing Doors Songs With The Author Of The Doors ExaminedSong Writing

Doors expert Jim Cherry, author of The Doors Examined, talks about some of their defining songs and exposes some Jim Morrison myths.

Billy Joe Shaver

Billy Joe ShaverSongwriter Interviews

The outlaw country icon talks about the spiritual element of his songwriting and his Bob Dylan mention.

Bill Withers

Bill WithersSongwriter Interviews

Soul music legend Bill Withers on how life experience and the company you keep leads to classic songs like "Lean On Me."

David Bowie Lyrics Quiz

David Bowie Lyrics QuizMusic Quiz

How well do you know your David Bowie lyrics? Take this quiz to find out.

Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins

Tom Bailey of Thompson TwinsSongwriter Interviews

Tom stopped performing Thompson Twins songs in 1987, in part because of their personal nature: "Hold Me Now" came after an argument with his bandmate/girlfriend Alannah Currie.

90210 to Buffy to Glee: How Songs Transformed TV

90210 to Buffy to Glee: How Songs Transformed TVSong Writing

Shows like Dawson's Creek, Grey's Anatomy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer changed the way songs were heard on TV, and produced some hits in the process.