Black Blade

Album: Cultösaurus Erectus (1980)
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  • I have this feeling that my luck is none too good
    This sword here at my side don't act the way it should
    Keeps calling me its master, but I feel like its slave
    Hauling me faster and faster to an early, early grave
    And it howls, it howls like hell

    I'm told it's my duty to fight against the law
    That wizardry's my trade and I was born to wade through gore
    I just want to be a lover, not a red-eyed screaming ghoul
    I wish it'd picked another to be its killing tool

    Black blade! Black blade!
    Forged a billion years ago
    Black blade! Black blade!
    Killing so its power can grow

    There's death from the beginning to the end of time
    And I'm the cosmic champion and I hold a mystic sign
    And the whole world's dying and the burdens mine
    And the black sword keeps on killing 'til the end of time

    Black blade! Black blade!
    Bringing chaos to the world we know
    Black blade! Black blade!
    And its using me to kill my friends
    Black blade! Black blade!
    Getting stronger so the world will end
    Black blade! Black blade!
    Forcing my mind to bend and bend

    The black blade
    Forged a million billion years ago
    My cosmic sword goes on for eternity
    Carving out destiny
    Bringing in the lords of chaos
    Bringing up the beasts of Hades
    Sucking out the souls of heroes
    Laying waste to knights and ladies
    My master is my slave
    Ha ha ah ha ah ha! Writer/s: E BLOOM, JOHN TRIVERS, MICHAEL MOORCOCK
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Ogre from Wichita, Ks.The last line of the song is as it fades out and is harder to hear, but turn it up and you'll hear it clearly after the laughter as Stormbringer, The Black Blade, says "You poor f--king humans!" Seriously. Many have said that was just an addition by someone digitally later, but it IS ON the original album I bought WAY BACK when it first came out. It's ALWAYS been there, but most DJs cut it off before it gets that far. Listen closely and you will see.
    ALSO... Lyric CORRECTION... The line is NOT "My cosmic sword goes on for eternity" If you LISTEN, it says "My Cosmic CYCLES ARE FOR Eternity!"
    It is about the Cosmic Champions Moorcock writes about and the fact that it has been existing forever. Always being brought back in many forms. It has taken many forms. In this case a Sword that gives Elric his power and the strength he could never have as a sickly Albino that would not have lived without magic. Elric, the King of Melnibone, is powerful with the cursed intelligent, black sword, Stormbringer, that gives him great strength and magical power but takes the lives and souls of those he cares the most about, as well as his enemies! Souls that are sent to Hell to the Lord Of Chaos. Elric can no longer exist without Stormbringer and therefore is a slave to the evil of it, an agent of Chaos enslaved to it and forced to do the bidding of the sword and Arioch, Lord of Chaos as well.
  • Michael from Chicago, IlIf you like this song, check out the band HAWKWIND. Moorcock also performed and wrote songs with them; the theme behind this song is related to Moorcock's ELRIC of Melnibone sword and sorcery stories. Even Marvel Comics found a way to interweave this story series into their CONAN comics of the '70's, drawn by English artist Barry Windsor-Smith.
  • Paul from Rothesay, Nb, CanadaA true BOC classic! Michael Moorcock performed his own version of the song with a band called The Deep Fix. Don't believe it was ever recorded, but would be interesting to hear!
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