Black Sabbath


War Pigs – Black Sabbath
Album: Paranoid, 1970

Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerers of death’s construction
In the fields the bodies burning
As the war machine keeps turning
Death and hatred to mankind
Poisoning their brainwashed minds
Oh lord yeah!

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor

Time will tell on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait ’til their judgement day comes
Yeah!

Now in darkness world stops turning
Ashes where the bodies burning
No more war pigs have the power
Hand of God has struck the hour
Day of judgement, God is calling
On their knees the war pig’s crawling
Begging mercy for their sins
Satan laughing spreads his wings
All right now!

This is one of many Black Sabbath songs that is often misinterpreted as evil. The song speaks out against the horrors of war.

“Our music did seem to be more evil than a lot of other groups but this black magic thing has got out of our hand. We are mildly interested in it and people gave us crosses to wear, but that is as far as it goes. It seems to have exploded and now there are millions of black magic bands. But we didn’t set out to be one. We don’t do black magic, but we play some doomy numbers. Our songs are more likely to be about black magic but they are really warning about the dangers of it – they are anti-black magic songs” Bill Ward

This song talks about the evils of war and how we go to war and die to make the rich richer and the Politicians how started the war are truly evil and greedy and they get judgement in the end for thier evil deeds. totaly originally about the Vietnam War. carol, chesterton, IN

The original name for the song was “Walpurgis“, Ozzy released the original version on his 1997 album The Ozzman Cometh.

Witches gather at black masses
Bodies burning in red ashes
On the hill the church in ruin
Is the scene of evil doings
It’s a place for all bad sinners
Watch them eating dead rats’ innards
I guess it’s the same whereever you may go
Oh Lord yeah

Carry banners which denounce the lord
See me rocking in my grave
See them anoint my head with dead rat’s blood
See them stick the stake through me
Oh

Don’t hold me back cause I’ve just gotta go
They’ve got a hold of my soul now
Lords got my brain instinct with blood obscene (not sure about this line)
Look in my eyes I’m there enough
Yeah

On the scene a priest appears
Sinners falling at his knees
Satan sends out funeral pyre
Casts the priest into the fire
It’s the place for all bad sinners
Watch them eating dead rats’ innards
I guess it’s the same whereever you may go
Oh lord yeah

“We play loud because we like to build up an atmosphere in the hall – something which is physical and can totally involve and absorb the audience. The only people that complain about our being loud appear to be the writers, but we never get any complaints from the audience. The people who really matter to us are our audiences…when we do a concert, we like to pull out all the stops and hit them hard”  Tony Iommi

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