"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" as written by and W. Ward F. Iommi....
You've seen life through distorted eyes
You know you had to learn
The execution of your mind
You really had to turn
The race is run the book is read
The end begins to show
The truth is out, the lies are old
But you don't want to know

Nobody will ever let you know
When you ask the reasons why
They just tell you that you're on your own
Fill your head all full of lies

The people who have crippled you
You want to see them burn
The gates of life have closed on you
And now there's just no return
You're wishing that the hands of doom
Could take your mind away
And you don't care if you don't see again
The light of day

Nobody will ever let you know
When you ask the reasons why
They just tell you that you're on your own
Fill your head all full of lies
You bastards!

Where can you run to
What more can you do
No more tomorrow
Life is killing you
Dreams turn to nightmares
Heaven turns to hell
Burned out confusion
Nothing more to tell, yeah

Everything around you
What's it coming to
God knows as your dog knows
Bog blast all of you
Sabbath bloody Sabbath
Nothing more to do
Living just for dying
Dying just for you, yeah

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"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" as written by Terence Butler John Osbourne

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  • +7
    General CommentIn the Black Box book, Geezer Butler explains: "The lyrics to 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' were about the the Sabbath experience, the ups and downs, the good times and bad times, the rip-offs, the business side of it all. 'Bog blast all of you' was directed at the critics, the record business in general, the lawyers, the accountants, management and everyone who was trying to cash in on us. It was a backs-to-the-wall rant at everyone."
    bryan2071on March 15, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAlthough perhaps not intended as such, I think this song works good about the all-consuming bitterness and hatred of a soul having lost everything and consumed now entirely by the powerful drive of long-sought REVENGE. If somebody ever cost ME everything, like, EVERYTHING, yeah, and in the deepest despairing subconscious depths where are all the darkness winds up to fester and all I cared about was revenge, sure thing, this song would probably be playing through MY head, yep, sure thing.
    GreGoryTheEmpireon May 28, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHe was pissed at his old manager, who really hurt the band. Among other things, but I think that's the core...
    CharlotteLacrymon July 11, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is not really so much an anti-religous song, so much as a song bashing people who go to to Church for their own comfort without really listening, and not really devoting any intellectual/philispphical thought towards it, and basically think "If I just go to church, I go to heaven."

    Or, it may be about the band, I have heard that idea tossed around, and it fits.
    rocknrollguruon February 02, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti've read all the comments
    but sabbath is talking about who when the say " living just for dying dying just for you?"
    don't you think about the christ ???
    well i think this song is a religious one and it talks also abour people who are religious but they don't know the real meaning of religion
    deep sabbathon October 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a song about someone close to death (I believe the album cover art goes along with it) and how they are close to dying and want to know the answers, and are terrified about what will happen because they know they did bad things in life.
    tasteofanthraxon June 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's also a dealing with an individual who feels betrayed by and angry towards the society he lives in. hence the line "the people who have crippled you, you want to see them burn!"
    flaminmofoon December 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the last part of the song when Ozzy sings to that awesomely heavy guitar riff.

    Regarding what it's about, I'd say it has to do with someone who feels betrayed, lied to, or stabbed in the back and is sick of it.
    WCannibalon April 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwas ozzy singing "you bastards" after "Fill your head all full of lies"
    qqtang9000on June 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song was written in response to the widely understood miscarriage of justice following the Bloody Sunday Massacre. Geezer Butler is of Irish descent and understood the intensity of discrimination being played out before him . "War Pigs" identifies the band as anti- militaristic and this song evokes the horror of military force turned against our own people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… . Specifically, the truth is the death of innocents , the distorted eyes are the media , "But you don't want to know" nails the apathy of those who side-lined open warfare euphemistically as someone else's "Troubles". The lies took nearly forty years to be addressed when Cameron finally apologised on behalf of the British Government . Sabbath spoke up against the lies from the start and should take credit for their principles. They were well informed but railroaded by Warner Brothers, I believe, into playing their stance down on political grounds. Incidentally the otherwise incongruous term "Bog Blast" is the voice of the People of Derry who suffered . The area the atrocity occurred in is in fact known locally as the Bogside.
    Serpentspeakson February 12, 2015   Link

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