"Children Of The Grave" as written by and W. Ward F. Iommi....
Revolution in their minds the children start to march
Against the world in which they have to live
And all the hate that's in their hearts
They're tired of being pushed around
And told just what to do
They'll fight the world until they've won
And love comes flowing through, yeah

Children of tomorrow live in the tears that fall today
Will the sun rise up tomorrow bringing peace in any way?
Must the world live in the shadow of atomic fear?
Can they win the fight for peace or will they disappear, yeah

So you children of the world,
Listen to what I say
If you want a better place to live in
Spread the words today
Show the world that love is still alive you must be brave
Or you children of today are children of the grave, yeah

(Children of the grave)


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"Children of the Grave" as written by John Osbourne Frank Iommi

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  • +12
    General CommentIt is up to us, as the human race, to save the world from self-destruction, and to change it into a much better place.
    This, like many earlier Sabbath songs, is just as relevant today as when it was originally released.
    Songmeaningsuseron March 05, 2003   Link
  • +5
    General CommentIt's about the threat of nuclear war.

    It's a very similar theme to Bob Dylan's "Times, they are a changing"

    Basically, if people don't make a stand against the "Warpigs" then we're all going to be blown to Kingdom Come.

    It's time to re-release this song, because there's a new breed of Warpigs who seem intent on unleashing Armageddon upon us!
    belteshazzaron October 08, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOzzy refers to it has their "punk" song.
    TheGodThatFailedon May 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBS talks about not being hippies, but alot of their songs deal with love, anti-war/government, drugs, etc. - normally very hippy-ish themes. The music was less so, but I don't see how hippies wouldn't have been into this.

    The guitar line that comes half way in is one of the heaviest riffs ever. They should've made this song 5 minutes longer.
    Chinupon December 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf Ozzy said it was their punk song then I'd have to kind of agree with EvilLawyer and Satans Angel.

    In my opinion it's protest song. It's the Cold War/Vietnam era and plebty of people were afraid that the world superpowers would exchange atomic fire. Black Sabbath is telling the kids (the future) to stand up and protest! Protest at what their elders have done in creating war and high tensions. And that if something wasn't done soon it might be to late because you might not even wake up.
    Killspyon July 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt probably isn't what black sabbath were thinking of, but this reminds me of the childrens crusade - a thing in the 13th century where children were sent off to their death because of somebody's religious vision. so it warns me against people who tell children to rebel for the sake of it.

    Yeah, none of that is really in the song, just what it makes me think about.
    danohuiginnon June 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with songmeaningsuser, but my own personal view whenever I hear this song is individuals fighting against conformity and oppression. We are all pressured to follow the "social norms," and to punish those who break this mold. To me, this just talks about what happens to those who give up the fight to preserve indiviuality (i.e. become Children of the Grave) That's my own personal veiw as to the meaning, I'm sure there is an offical meaning that someone will post later, but this is one of my fav Sabbath songs no matter what it means.
    EvilLawyeron March 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about that in every generation, there is a revolution, and that every generation hates something about the current generation. It supposed to be a happy song! The song is great.
    Satans Angel 666on April 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about the hippy generation and the Vietnam war, or atleast that the songwriter was heavily influenced by it. If I'm not mistaken the album on which this song appears was released in 1970, i.e. in the middle of the "hippy age". Although it's not directly talking about the Vietnam war and hippies it is certainly referring to it IMO.
    DENSETSU INDUSTRIESon June 25, 2003   Link
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    General Commenta great song ! white zombie does a great version of this too on the nativity in black: tribute to black sabbath cd. i always thought it was about helter skelter and what charles manson was talking about during the tate murders. great song !
    xl5ronon May 27, 2004   Link

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