You bastardised my intellect
Castrated our conviction
You are desperately seeking Satan
Now that you've burned
Your bridges down
You plagiarised and parodied
The magic of our meaning
You can't admit that you're wrong
The spirit is dead and gone
You don't bother me
You are history
A legend in our own mind
Left all your friends behind
No one seems to care
And Satan is not there
There's nothing left to boast
Time to give upthe ghost
You are desperately seeking Satan
Black magic has
Turned to dust
It's time to put
The thing to rest
You can't admit that you're wrong
The spirit is dead and gone


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    Song MeaningIn this one book I read about Black Sabbath, at the time Geezer Butler recorded Plastic Planet with Burton C. Bell on vocals, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward had both departed from the Tony Martin line up of Black Sabbath, swearing that they would never play in Black Sabbath again unless Ozzy was there on vocals.

    Now don't get me wrong, I have equal respect for all line ups of Black Sabbath, whether it be Ozzy, Dio, Ian Gillan, Ray Gillen, Tony Martin and well you know what im talking about and all that.

    But I do understand how Geezer was feeling himself, and when I read the book on Black Sabbath, and the part where Geezer explained why he had Burton C. Bell sing the lyrics to Giving Up The Ghost.

    Geezer explained that without all 4 original members in Black Sabbath, the purpose and meaning of Black Sabbath was dead and gone, hence the line:

    You can't admit that you're wrong
    The spirit is dead and gone
    You don't bother me
    You are history
    A legend in our own mind
    Left all your friends behind
    No one seems to care
    And satan is not there
    There's nothing left to boast
    Time to give up the ghost

    As you can see, the lyrics are Geezer's feelings on when the original Black Sabbath was no more.
    rpm1978on August 22, 2009   Link

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