"Killing Yourself To Live" as written by and Butler Iommi....
Well people look and people stare
Well I don't think that I even care
You work your life away and what do they give?
You're only killing yourself to live

Killing yourself to live
Killing yourself to live

Just take a look around you what do you see
Pain, suffering, and misery
It's not the way that the world was meant
It's a pity you don't understand

Killing yourself to live
Killing yourself to live

I'm telling you
Believe in me
Nobody else will tell you
Open your eyes
And see the lies, oh yeah

Smoke it, get high
You think I'm crazy and baby I know that it's true
Before that you know it I think
That you'll go crazy too

I don't know if I'm up or down
Whether black is white or blue is brown
The colors of my life are all different somehow
Little boy blue's a big girl now

So you think it's me who's strange
But you've never had to make the change
Never give your trust away
You'll end up paying till your dying day


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"Killing Yourself to Live" as written by Terence Butler John Osbourne

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    General CommentI think it's about killing yourself, possibly by drugs, because you would rather that than live in this evil world of ours.
    Songmeaningsuseron March 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYou guys all try to adapt the song to what you think it means.... The song is written by Bill ward about drinking and using drugs in order to obtain sanity.
    sandbat89on September 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song's about straining yourself working your ass off for your whole life, instead of enjoying life.
    koenigon April 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commentgreat song from a great cd ! it is about how straining life can be and yes you need to take drugs to find a way out this shit hole !
    xl5ronon May 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI believe that this song is about living up to your own expectations, living your life the way you want to, not the way that another person, or society asa whole expects you to live.
    Zoso_NZon December 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Zoso and koenig. To me this song is about how society makes us suffer so that we can survive, but we can't truly live. We all need to stop surviving and start living.
    erasmus11290on June 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHeh, I love at how the threw in the smoke it, get high part in the song so casually.
    Armon September 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentxl5ron nailed it. it's about having to get wasted just so that you can cope with how brutal reality can be. i mean, they make it obvious with the smoke it/get high thing.

    anyways, classic song from an amazing band during their prime.
    slamkingon September 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYes, It's a song about the human rat race. Don't forget they came from an industrial city, and Iommi even worked in a factory. Yes, better be a rock star than a common.
    Cynicorenon August 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCool interpretetations, when I heard "killing yourself to live" I thought of in video games when you're riskin your life to get another life lmao..
    DJgifon July 04, 2010   Link

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