"After All (The Dead)" as written by Terrence Butler, Tony Iommi and Ronnie James Dio....
What do you say to the dead?
Will you forgive me for living?
Can't believe the things that they said
Wonderful day for a killing
It's killing me!

What do they do with your soul?
Is it just lying there busted?
When did you lose all control?
Is there someone to be trusted with my mind?

Oh there's insufficient evidence
Of what just might come after
But sometimes out of nowhere
There's demented sounds of laughter

Are we all haunted by the ghost - imagination?
It just can't be, I've seen them there howling at the moon
Is it just me or does somebody else, believe this
Well I'm not alone and I'm not afraid
There's just one way to see after all
After all
After all
After all

What do you say to the dead?
Is there a place where it's burning?
It says in a book I once read
Yes, there's a chance of returning
Turn to me

The fundamental principles
Say nothing of forever
But those are voices that I hear
Or I'm just not so clever

It can't be me I know somebody else, believes this
Well I'm not alone, I'm not afraid
Just one way to see after all
After all
Coming after all
After all
After all


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"After All (The Dead)" as written by Geezer Butler Tony Iommi

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    General CommentDoubts about the afterlife.
    The only way to find out, After All, is death.
    But what if there is no afterlife...
    "Just one way to see"
    zepedachemicalon October 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDio said the song was about what you would want to say to a dead person if they were standing in front of you. Questions about the afterlife and all that.
    p2000on February 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, it has something to do with the afterlife.
    Black_Sabathon September 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAwesome song. "It says in a book I once read
    Yes there's a chance of returning
    Turn to me" This kinda says that only by turning to religion you can have an afterlife.
    dehumanizer123on March 22, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningIt means there is life after Black Sabbath...at least there was for Dio (Platinum), and Ozzy (multi-platinum)! No life after Sabbath for Iomni (Seventh Star, Tyr) or Geezer (Plastic Planet) though, there albums did not ge platinum, they went straight to the bargain bin.
    ihatepasswordson May 04, 2009   Link

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