"Spiral Architect" Words & Music by Butler, Iommi, Osbourne, and Ward...
Sorcerers of madness
Selling me their time
Child of god sitting in the sun
Giving peace of mind
Fictional seduction
On a black snow sky
Sadness kills the superman
Even fathers cry

Of all the things I value most of all
I look inside myself and see
My world and know that it is good
You know that I should

Superstitious century
Didn't time go slow
Separating sanity
Watching children grow
Synchronated undertaker
Spiral skies
Silver ships on plasmic oceans
In disguise

Of all the things I value most in life
I see my memories and feel their warmth
And know that they are good
You know that I should

Watching eyes of celluloid
Tell you how to live
Metaphoric motor-replay
Give, give, give
Laughter kissing love is showing me the way
Spiral city architect
I build, you pay

Of all the things I value most of all
I look upon my earth and feel the warmth
And know that it is good
You know that I should
You know that I should
You know that I should
You know that I should
You know that I should


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"Spiral Architect" as written by Ozzy Osbourne Michael Butler

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  • +1
    General CommentActually, Geezer Butler, the bassist wrote most of the lyrics until Ozzy left the band. But great lyrics either way.
    prezuiwfon March 03, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgreat song ! i finally heard a live version of this song on the last supper cd. fantastic song !
    xl5ronon May 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOzzy in Sabbath, as it should be!
    Rebbal Aceon October 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song could be about, that even though you life (or maybe even the world) is screwed up, it's still good to be here. If it wasn't, there would be no reason to keep yourself from commiting suicide. "Sadness kills the superman, even fathers cry". It's allright to be sad. Just don't let it take over your life (Don't turn goth, hehe).

    By the way Denzil, Dio sings like he's some kind of knight. Ozzy emits an agonised wail, when he sings. So when you listen to Dio singing Ozzy-era songs (eg. on the record Live Evil), it sounds wrong. Technically he's a much better singer than Ozzy (Ozzy can't sing - he learned it) but that's exactly what's wrong.
    The Dio-era songs are allright, but I don't think they belonged in Black Sabbath.

    I want to end this with a story about this lyric. When the bassplayer Geezer Butler wrote it (he wrote almost every Ozzy-era lyric), he phoned Ozzy and read it to him, 'cause he thought it was good (which I agree with). When Geezer had finished the first stanza, Ozzy answered him: "Are you reading this sh*t from a book?"
    Marvelous geniouses, they were (and are).
    Maltheon July 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSomething else in this song, the line "Spiral city architect, I build, you pay." seems like it also is with the whole God being the spiral architect, with humanity breaking off and building up its own beliefs, and God paying the price.
    4d5e6fon July 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteven though the world has gone crazy he still loves his life.
    Sabbra21on August 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"spiral architect" refers to DNA I think. Its about a person that was made from bad memories but still enjoys life.
    tasteofanthraxon June 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentdoesnt this song seems to say that the guy is about to die and starts reminding of his life?
    apenas_1_inaciaoon October 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAlso, just to actually add something constructive, I've always figured this to be God's view on the world.

    God created everything, he was the original spiral architect (assuming the "Spirals" are indeed DNA)

    Even though the world has changed a lot ("Watching eyes of celluloid", "Fictional seduction on a black snow sky."

    Apparantly our only hope is love: "Laughter, kissing, love is showing me the way,"

    This kind of message happens a lot in Sabbath songs. (A National Acrobat, Symptom of the Universe etc.)

    They were all just hippies really ;)
    Denzilon June 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWOOOOOOOOOO
    x_soulrebel_xon January 19, 2007   Link

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