"The Writ" as written by and Ward Iommi....
The way I feel is the way I am
I wish I'd walked before I started to run to you
Just to you

What kind of people do you think we are?
Another joker who's a rock and roll star for you
Just for you

The faithful image of another man
The endless ocean of emotion I swam for you
Yeah for you

The shot troopers laying down on the floor
I wish they'd put an end to my running war with you
Yeah with you

Are you metal, are you man?
You've changed in life since you began
Yeah began

Ladies digging gold from you
Will they still dig now you're through
Yeah you're through

You bought and sold me with your lying words
The voices in the deck that you never heard came through
Yeah came through

Your folly finally got to spend with a gun
A poisoned father who has poisoned his son, that's you
Yeah that's you

I beg you please don't let it get any worse
The anger I once had has turned to a curse on you
Yeah curse you

All of the promises that never came true
You're gonna get what is coming to you, that's true
Ah, that's true

Are you Satan, are you man?
You've changed in life since it began
It began

Vultures sucking gold from you
Will they still suck now you're through

(Cats, rats)

The search is on, so you just better run
And find yourself another way
Probably dead, they don't feel a thing
To keep them living for another day

(Rats, rat)

You are nonentity, you have no destiny
You are a victim of a thing unknown
A mantle picture of a stolen soul
A fornication of your golden throne

A smiling face, it means the world to me, yeah
So tired of sadness and of misery

My life it started some time ago
Where it will end, I don't know
I thought I was so good
I thought I was fine
I feel my world is out of time

But everything is gonna work out fine
If it don't I think I'll lose my mind

I know, I know, I know, yeah yeah I know
Listen to me while I sing this song
You might just think the words are wrong
Too many people advising me
But they don't know what my eyes see

But everything is gonna work out fine
If it don't I think I'll lose my mind, yeah


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"The Writ" as written by Ozzy Osbourne Michael Butler

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  • +2
    General CommentA song about past managment that Sabbath was under.

    these lyrics are a lot more accurate(though i will admit that on some lines both of these will fit.. but over all these are a lot more accturate):

    The way I feel is the way I act
    I wish I'd walked before I started to run to you
    Just to you
    What kind of people do you think we are
    Another joker who's a rock 'n' roll star for you
    Just for you
    The fateful image of another man
    The endless ocean of emotion I swam for you
    Yeah for you
    Your sun troopers layin' down on the floor
    I wish they'd put an end to my private war with you
    Yeah with you

    Are you metal, Are you man
    You've changed a lot since you began
    Yeah began
    Ladies digging gold from you
    Will they still dig dying true
    Yea your through

    You bought and sold me with your lying word
    The voices in the dark that you never heard came through
    Yeah Cain too
    Your fallen phalic, a dismembered God
    A poisoned father who has poisoned his son, that's you
    Yeah that's you
    I'm begging please don't let it get any worse
    The anger I once had has turned to a curse on you
    Yeah curse you
    All of the promises that never came true
    You're gonna get what is coming to you that's due
    Ah that's soon

    Are you Satan, Are you man
    You've changed a lot since it began
    It began
    Vultures sucking gold from you
    Will they still suck now you're through

    Cats, Rats

    The search is on so you just better run
    And find yourself another way
    Rob the dead they don't feel a thing
    Keep the living for another day

    Rat, Rat

    You are nonentity, you have no destiny
    You are a figment of a thing unknown
    A mantle picture of a stolen soul
    A fornication of your golden throne

    A smiling face it means the world to me, yeah
    So tired of sadness and of misery, yeah
    My life it started some time ago
    Where it will end I don't know
    I thought I was so good
    I thought I was far
    I feel my world's being torn apart

    But everything is gonna work out fine, yeah
    If it don't I think I'll lose my mind, yeah

    I know, I know, I know, Yeah yeah I know
    Listen to me while I sing this song
    You might just think the words are wrong
    Too many people advising me
    but they don't know what my eyes seen

    But everything is gonna work out fine, yeah
    If it don't I feel I'll blow my mind, yeah
    Sabbra21on August 06, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPossibly the best Sabbath track from their most underrated album. Melodic, very heavy with one of the most vicious lyrics ever penned.
    KAG1878on January 31, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOne of Sabbath's best. Thanks to you guys and this website for helping me figure what they were writing about, I think I'm gonna like this site.
    lukejanousekon March 25, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFinally some real Sabbath fans.. You guys got it right. There a lot of jerkoff's out there. Meglomaniacs forever
    RACC/E5150on October 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust a little fact about the "hidden track" at the end of this song. For those that don't know...
    Some versions of Sabotage contain a short hidden track entitled "Blow on a Jug" at the end of "The Writ", recorded at very low volume.

    Being upstaged in a highly unexpected manner reportedly inspired Black Sabbath‘s oddball (and mercifully brief) hidden track ‘Blow on a Jug,’ which can be found at the end of the song ‘The Writ’ on their 1975 album ‘Sabotage.’
    According to black-sabbath.com, lead singer Ozzy Osbourne was perplexed when at a 1970 festival Free, Traffic and Sabbath were all outshined by none other than Mungo Jerry of ‘In the Summertime‘ fame, who yes, featured a jug player. “He was playing f—ing jugs and he stole the day! So it just shows you it doesn’t matter what anybody thinks…after Mungo Jerry we didn’t have a hope. Blowing on f–ing jugs!”


    Read More: Black Sabbath, ‘Blow on a Jug’ – Best Hidden Tracks | ultimateclassicrock.com/black-sabbath-best-hidden-tracks/
    HibernusMortison February 05, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI guess it's about someone who calls Ozzy as "Vegetable" :)
    nehebkausilencon October 31, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, Sabbra is right, the song is about the past management, more specificly how they used the band. Their eyes were focused on the glory and the cash. Great song!
    matthalloon April 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbut everything's gonna work out fine...
    Top 10 of Sabbath song?
    I'd say so.
    I'd also have to agree with the other sabbheads about this songs meaning.
    dbieon12on March 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure I hear a harpsichord toward the end of the song.
    miked10002on September 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI don't know about u but. The baby scares the shit out of me
    SpaceCowboy247on May 15, 2011   Link

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