"Johnny Blade" as written by and Anthony Iommi Terence Butler....
Tortured and twisted, he walks the streets alone
People avoid him, they know the street's his own
Cold blade of silver, his eyes they burn so wild
Mean as a tiger, society's own child

Those who try to burn him pay
You don't do that to Johnny Blade
He's the meanest guy around his town
One look and he will cut you down
Johnny Blade, Johnny Blade

Life has no meaning, and Death's his only friend
Will fate surprise him, where will he meet his end?
He feels so bitter, yes he's so full of hate
To die in the gutter, I guess that's Johnny's fate

Rivals all across the land
He kills them with his knife in hand
He's the meanest guy around his town
One look and he will cut you down
Johnny Blade, Johnny Blade
Johnny Blade, Johnny Blade

Well you know that Johnny's a spider
And his web is the city at night
He's a victim of modern frustration
That's the reason he's so ready to fight

He's the one that should be afraid
What will happen to you, Johnny Blade?

Oh he knows his future's decided
And he ain't gonna change it, no way
He was born to die in the gutter
He'll keep fighting 'till the end of his days

Been alone all through his life
His only friend is a switchblade knife
He's the one who should be afraid
What will happen to you, Johnny Blade?

You fool the people
Who's fooling who?
It's time to listen
Who's fool are you?


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"Johnny Blade" as written by John Osbourne Anthony Iommi

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    General CommentAbout a bad knife-wielding dude named Johnny Blade.
    dcaton December 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti personally think this is a horrible sabbath song. i mean, i like the music, but lyricly it's horrible. i guess i just don't like any songs where the character is given a name....
    TheNewDiabolicon January 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthey must have been inspired by Jim Croce's Bad Bad Leroy Brown
    nathancoxon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentShut up 'TheNewDiabolic'; this song is damn good.
    nietzscheon January 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt was supposed to be about Bill Ward's brother
    SABRACADABRAon April 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI do agree this is not one of Sabbath's greatest songs. The keyboard sounds very distorted and the sound, in general, is just wretched. All and all, I'm still a loyal Sabbath fan.
    Engel97on April 11, 2014   Link

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