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Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

℗ 1970 Vertigo Records VO 6

℗ 1970 Warner Brothers Records WS 1871

℗ 1990 60 29145 002

Black Sabbath  1970  Black Sabbath

BLACK SABBATH's debut album is given over to lengthy songs and suite-like pieces where individual songs blur together and riffs pound away one after another, frequently under extended jams. There isn't much variety in tempo, mood, or the band's simple, blues-derived musical vocabulary, but that's not the point; Sabbath's slowed-down, murky guitar rock bludgeons the listener in an almost hallucinatory fashion, reveling in its own dazed, druggy state of consciousness. Songs like the apocalyptic title track, N.I.B. and The Wizard make their obsessions with evil and black magic seem like more than just stereotypical heavy metal posturing because of the dim, suffocating musical atmosphere the band frames them in. This blueprint would be refined and occasionally elaborated upon over the band's next few albums, but there are plenty of metal classics already here. Steve Huey.

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Black Sabbath

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 nooo!

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!

The Wizard

Misty morning, clouds in the sky
Without warning, the wizard walks by
Casting his shadow, weaving his spell
Funny clothes, tinkling bell

Never talking
Just keeps walking
spreading his magic

Evil power disappears
Demons worry when the wizard is near
He turns tears into joy
Everyone's happy when the wizard walks by

Never talking
Just keeps walking
spreading his magic

Sun is shining, clouds have gone by
All the people give a happy sigh
He has passed by, giving his sign
Left all the people feeling so fine

Never talking
Just keeps walking
spreading his magic

(Wasp) Behnd the Wall of Sleep

Precious cups within the flower
Deadly petals with strange power
Faces shine a deadly smile back up on you at your trial

Chill and numbs from head to toe icy sun with frosty glow
Why'd you go reaching your sorrow?
Why'd you go read no tomorrow?

Feel your spirit rise with the priest
Feel your body falling to its knees
Take your walk of remorse
Take your body to a corpse
Take your body to a corpse
Take your body to a corpse
If you want all remorse
Take your body to a corpse

Now from darkness, there springs light
Wall of Sleep is cold and bright
Wall of Sleep is lying broken
Sun shines in, you are awoken

(Basically) N. I. B.

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 will 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 will see who I am my name is Lucifer, please take my hand

(A Bit of Finger) Sleeping Village

Red sun rising in the sky
Sleeping village, cockerels cry
Soft breeze blowing in the trees peace of mind, feel at ease

Now the first day that I met ya
I was looking in the sky
When the sun turned all a blur and the thunderclouds rolled by
The sea began to shiver and the wind began to moan
It must've been a sign for me to leave you well alone
I was born without you, baby but my feelings were a little bit too strong

You never said you love me and I don't believe you can
'Cause I saw you in a dream and you were with another man
You looked so cool and casual and I tried to look the same
But now I've got to know ya tell me who am I to blame?
I was born without you, baby but my feelings were a little bit too strong

Now the whole wide world is movin'
'Cause there's iron in my heart
I just can't keep from cryin'
'Cause you say we've got to part
Sorrow grips my voice as I stand here all alone
And watch you slowly take away a love I've never known
I was born without you, baby but my feelings were a little bit too strong

Wicked World

The world today is such a wicked thing
Fighting going on between the human race
People give good wishes to all their friends
While people just across the sea are counting the dead

A politician's job they say is very high
For he has to choose who's got to go and die
They can put a man on the moon quite easy while people here on earth are dying of old diseases

A woman goes to work every day after day
She just goes to work just to earn her pay
Child sitting crying by a life that's harder he doesn't even know who is his father

Evil Woman

I've seen a look of evil in your eyes
You've been filling me all full of lies
Sorrow will not change your shameful deeds
Do well best, someone else has better seen

Evil woman, don't you play your games with me
Evil woman, don't you play your games with me

Now I know just what you're looking for
You want me to claim that child you bore
Well you know that it must he not be
And you know the way it got to be

Evil woman, don't you play your games with me
Evil woman, don't you play your games with

Evil woman, don't you play your games with me
Evil woman, don't you play your games with me

Wickedness lies in your moisten lips
Your body moves just like the crack of a whip
Blackness sleeps on top of your stray bed
Do you whish that you could see me dead

Evil woman, don't you play your games with me
Evil woman, don't you play your games with me
Evil woman, don't you play your games with me
Evil woman, don't you play your games with me