"Black Sabbath" as written by and W. Ward F. Iommi....
What is this that stands before me?
Figure in black which points at me
Turn around quick, and start to run
Find out I'm the chosen one
Oh no

Big black shape with eyes of fire
Telling people their desire
Satan's sitting there, he's smiling
Watches those flames get higher and higher
Oh no, no, please god help me!

Is it the end, my friend?
Satan's coming 'round the bend
People running 'cause they're scared
The people better go and beware
No, no, please, no

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"Black Sabbath" as written by Terence Butler John Osbourne

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  • +5
    General CommentLike many above said, this is one of the scariest songs ever recorded. Scared the shit outta me when I first listened to it, unknowing.
    Also Sabbath werent all that big satanists. The satanist image was made up by their record company for publicity. But back to the song: Like one poster above said, the song was way ahead of its time. It had the scariness Marilyn Manson has today (only a lot scarier!)
    , the depressiveness of Nirvana, and the Heaviness of 80's Metal Bands like Slayer or Metallica but it fucking 1970! People mustve freaked out when they first heard this
    OpiumForThePeopleon October 28, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General Commentthis song is just plain scary. it even scared marilyn manson when he first heard this song. before black sabbath, almost every band was writing nice mushy crap. like oh flowers are pretty. but when black sabbath came, it was evil, evil, evil! yeah the first album was the scariest of all the other black sabbath albums and its the scariest albums ever. try hearing Black Sabbath while the light is turned off and candles are lit all around you.
    TheOzzmanon June 05, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIn my opinion this song is simply about the grim reaper coming for someones soul and they dont want to leave....just read the lyrics
    Shadow_Solider13on May 15, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Commentsounds like fun!
    PandaBaby28on June 19, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti love this song ! anything that deals with evil...like, hearing the bell toll in the distance, thunder and lightning, and satan smiling...gotta love it !
    xl5ronon May 26, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is basically about messing with shit that you don't understand(i.e. the occult) and getting something much different than you expected. A young occultist accidentally summons Lucifer and pays the price. I absolutely love Ozzy's wails right before Tony grinds back into his heavy riff. It's as if he's looking the devil straight in the face, scared shitless. Oh, and the riff! Sweet God, the riff! An excellent use of the tritone; it makes the song sound so fucking evil and heavy! One of my all time favorite songs.
    Mirvsteinon July 27, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe meaning of this song is pretty obious, its about the end of the world according to the christian bible.
    paalmartinon September 09, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is way beyond ahead of its time. sorry but sabbath never topped this..... this is still one of the heaviest and darkest metal songs ever to this day.... this is pure doom metal. absolute genius
    Disposition_987on September 26, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhat's great is that you have to imagine when this song was released: 1970. Now imagine all the bands around in that era; Cream, Hendrix, Led Zep, and so on. Which is the odd one out out of all these bands? Sabbath, as they are the only one (and first one) singing about Satan! All bands up to this point had sang about lovely stuff and such, but Sabbath came along, being louder then pretty much everyone else, being heavier, flattening the fifth, so to speak, and singing about Satan taking over the Earth. Fantastic.. I'd say it's my favorite Sabbath song.
    the_haunted_angelon June 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis has something to do with geezer seeing a ghost according to the band
    insane metal fanon February 02, 2006   Link

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