"N.I.B." as written by and W. Ward F. Iommi....
Oh yeah

Some people say my love cannot be true
Please believe me, my love, and I'll show you
I will give you those things you thought unreal
The sun, the moon, the stars all bear my seal

Oh yeah

Follow me now and you will not regret
Leaving the life you led before we met
You are the first to have this love of mine
Forever with me 'till the end of time

Your love for me has just got to be real
Before you know the way I'm going to feel
I'm going to feel
I'm going to feel

Oh yeah

Now I have you with me, under my power
Our love grows stronger now with every hour
Look into my eyes, you'll see who I am
My name is Lucifer, please take my hand

Oh yeah

Follow me now and you will not regret
Leaving the life you led before we met
You are the first to have this love of mine
Forever with me 'till the end of time

Your love for me has just got to be real
Before you know the way I'm going to feel
I'm going to feel
I'm going to feel

Oh yeah

Now I have you with me, under my power
Our love grows stronger now with every hour
Look into my eyes, you'll see who I am
My name is Lucifer, please take my hand


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"NIB" as written by Ozzy Osbourne Michael Butler

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  • +7
    General CommentTrue, true.."Nativity In Black" is NOT what NIB stands for.
    The previous posts about Bill Ward are correct, I'll try to fill in some specifics..
    Bill Ward had a beard that came to a point, and, Ozzy being drunk, started calling Bill "Nibber" because the beard looked like the end of a pen nib. The name gravatated back to Nib and, having this untitled song, they decided to use the nickname as the name of the song, and, as Ozzy puts it, to make the title sound more menacing, they put periods in between the letters.

    This song, according to Geezer whom wrote the lyrics, is about the Devil falling in love. Geezer did this because he couldn't write a love song himself, and decided to make Satan the man who falls in love with the woman.
    somaon July 22, 2002   Link
  • +7
    General CommentLucifer falls in love with a woman and in turn he becomes good - Geezer
    Black_Sabathon May 13, 2011   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationYo, it's pretty obvious. It's Lucifer singing to you, the listener, congratulating you on selling your soul........I'm an agnostic and I can tell that. What's all this crap about the devil falling in love? None of yall understand the devil's character. Granted he's a fictional character, but he's not weak enough to fall in love with anyone other than himself, hence the whole getting kicked out of heaven story. Anyways small minds and deaf ears make the world go round so talk to ya later.
    whatadoucheon June 18, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentRead the biography. The song was after Bill Ward's 'pen nib' beard. They were most likely stoned at the time they named it, so of course, you can't expect a lot of their titles to make any sense, besides, titles often times don't.

    And to go with what LastConservativeFan said, Sabbath wasn't a Satanic band, they just had an occult theme...like an image. Geezer was interested in the occult {fact from a biography}, and thats how some of their darker themes came into play, but they were in fact Christians.
    shadow_of_night255on October 13, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAs I became a metalhead, I noticed the first metal band -- Black Sabbath, the first metal album -- Black Sabbath, and the first metal song -- still "Black Sabbath".

    However, N.I.B. is the best track for new listeners. Don't believe when people say this is dark or distorted or symphonic or whatever. This is NOT. The early Sabbath albums are as accessible as they get. Unless you are a princess living in your palace made of sugar, who never saw the dirt in the world, you will like Sabbath's classics, for sure.

    It's a love song with real catchy melodies and easily understood lyrics. I wouldn't be surprised if someone put this and "The Reason"(Hoobastank) in the same "greatest love songs" list. The first line says it all, and is the best line to start a love letter to your crush with.

    Sabbath songs had a solid dirt feel to them -- they were far from as metallic as newer bands such as Iced Earth and Megadeth. Sabbath is called metal, but actually feels more like soil and rocks, not iron and steel.
    pagen_hdon November 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell known as Nativity In Black but it may also referring to the drummer, Bill Ward, whose beard was like a pen 'nib'!
    han2on February 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its almost kind of a funny song if you think about it. I believe its about the "devil" falling in love, which to me, is a little bit funny.
    Cory_420on April 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually it is on Black sabbath's first album entitled Black Sabbath and then ozzy and primus redid it.
    Cory_420on April 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think It's about the Devil in Love exactly. i think it's about the way he attracts people and how similar it is to a seducing lover. Nativity in Black as in being reborn in darkness, like an evil baptism kinda thing. Maybe it's just me.
    supernaut1978on May 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentim skeeting in my jeans
    x_soulrebel_xon January 19, 2007   Link

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