"War Pigs (Alternate)" as written by and W. Ward F. Iommi....
Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerers of death's construction
In the fields the bodies burning
As the war machine keeps turning
Death and hatred to mankind
Poisoning their brainwashed minds
Oh lord yeah!

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to the poor


Time will tell on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait 'till their judgment day comes

Now in darkness world stops turning
Ashes where the bodies burning
No more war pigs have the power
Hand of God has struck the hour
Day of judgment, God is calling
On their knees the war pig's crawling
Begging mercy for their sins
Satan laughing spreads his wings
Oh lord yeah!

Lyrics submitted by Psychotic Penguin

"War Pigs" as written by Ozzy Osbourne Michael Butler

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    General CommentThis song is from Ozzy's Basement Tapes (1970), or it can be found on The Ozzman Cometh. This is just, really, a more Satanic version of War Pigs. Instead of talking about war and government, he's talking about Satan, Hell, and the corruption of religion ("Carrying banners which denounce the lord..." "On the hill a church in ruin..." "Casts the priest into the fire") That's what I think. I'm not saying Black Sabbath are devil worshipers or anything, it's just this song is kind of Satanic sounding.
    Psychotic Penguinon September 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite War Pigs version :]
    xbraindamageon October 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's the same tune and similar lyrics, but this is NOT CALLED "WAR PIGS". This is "Walpurgis" and can only be found on The Ozzman Cometh.
    lduke88on March 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTrue, Iduke88. This version was also preformed live in Paris in 1970, one of Sabbath's best concerts. As with the alternate version of "Black Sabbath," it's darker lyrically. I remember hearing on Uranium that Ozzy claimed to have been "stoned" during this recording of the song, which may explain the hint of evil/satanism in the lyrics. Also, any "die-hard" Sabbath fan should know that Geezer Butler is responsible for the Satanism element of Black Sabbath.
    ElectricFuneral91on April 04, 2007   Link
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    My Opinionthank you, while they all may not be "devil worshippers", geezer butler was into black stuff, like spells, aliester crowely, and oh yea, satanism.
    dwideon May 30, 2010   Link

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